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If you believe that you may have a mental illness in addition to a substance abuse problem, you may be suffering from a dual-diagnosis. Some additional signs are increasing problems at work, school and home, difficulty in maintaining relationships, increased dependence on drugs or alcohol and changes in your mood or way of thinking. If you feel as if your life is spiralling out of control and you suspect that you may have a dual-diagnosis, there are treatment options available.

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About Dual-Diagnosis



Dual-diagnosis is a disorder characterized by the presence of both a mental disorder and a substance abuse problem. Dual-diagnosis is actually quite common, although it can be tricky to distinguish whether or not there was mental illness present prior to the drug or alcohol abuse. Substance abuse is more common among those who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders than those who do not. According to the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse, 60% of substance abusers have a comorbid mental illness. In many instances, the mental illness occurs first, which subsequently leads to substance abuse to self-medicate and temporarily feel better. At other times, the substance abuse occurs first and can lead to mental problems over time. In the case of dual-diagnosis, it is critical to treat both the mental illness and the substance abuse.

Treatment of Dual-Diagnosis



There are many options for the treatment of dual-diagnosis, including hospitalization, hospital visits and outpatient treatment (home care). In severe cases, hospitalization or admission to a treatment facility may be the only option. Treatment can be difficult as substance abuse and withdrawal can either hide or trigger psychiatric symptoms. Deciding on the best treatment plan may not be easy due to the difficulty of diagnosis. In some cases, a doctor may choose to prescribe medications in order to treat the mental illness, but this must be done with great care, as some of these medications can be addictive. Treatment facilities often offer programs that last 30 to 90 days, but some programs can last up to a year. Long-term treatment seems to have the best results for those with dual-diagnosis, and combined treatment for both the mental illness and substance abuse is best. Relapses are quite common, but are considered part of the recovery process. Medical treatment, support groups and the support of family and friends are all integral parts of recovery.

Post-Rehabilitation of Dual-Diagnosis



Some important aspects to consider for post-rehabilitation are stress management, support groups, regular doctor's visits, listening to your doctor's advice, maintaining a connection with family and friends and removing yourself from situations/places/people that can be triggers. Adopting a healthy lifestyle in all areas of your life is also highly recommended - exercise and eating a healthy diet can have a positive impact not only on your physical health, but also your mental health. Practicing relaxation techniques and being well-rested can also help you maintain a positive emotional state. Most importantly, if you feel as if you are struggling, be sure to reach out to someone for help right away. Knowing that help is there when you need it can really bring you peace of mind and help keep you on your path to recovery.

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Do you drink alcohol or take drugs in an attempt to feel better?
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Have you ever felt ashamed of your drug or alcohol use?
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Do you feel as if you need to use alcohol or drugs in order to function/feel OK?
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Do you feel as if your substance use affects your ability to live life productively (i.e. maintain employment or stay in school)?
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Have you ever been arrested or had other legal problems?
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Do you have any charges directly related to substance abuse (i.e. DUI)?
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Do you have problems with family relationships and friendships/social situations?
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Do you often engage in high-risk behaviour?
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Have you ever done or said anything that you regretted or blacked out from drinking or drug use?
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Is there a history of substance abuse in your family?
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Have you had multiple admissions to treatment programs due to relapse?
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Do you feel as if your mental state affects your ability to live life productively?
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Do you suffer from feelings of hopelessness/helplessness?
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Is there a history of mental illness in your family?
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Have you had multiple hospital admissions for psychiatric care due to the reoccurrence of psychiatric symptoms?
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Have you noticed an increase in health problems and hospital or doctor visits?
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Are your family and friends expressing that they are concerned about your mental health and drug or alcohol use?
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