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Sometimes people struggle with addiction issues. Sometimes people suffer from a mental illness, such as depression or PTSD. And sometimes people struggle with both. It is not uncommon for individuals to use drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms of their mental illness. It is also possible for drugs and alcohol to reveal an underlying mental illness or worsen existing symptoms. Dealing with just one of these conditions can be challenging – let alone both at the same time.
When someone is struggling with both a mental illness and an addiction issue they are experiencing what is known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Dual diagnoses are more common than people realize. According to the National Institute of Health 7.7 million Americans suffer from a dual diagnosis.
Research has shown prolonged drug use, and even intermittent drug use, can alter the chemistry in the brain. Neurotransmitters, our brains' chemical messengers, such as dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are notably impacted:
Altering chemical messengers in the body can have a significant impact on someone’s mood or mental health.
On the flip side, many people with existing mental health issues turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate in an effort to make themselves feel better. While individuals may find temporary relief, it is often fleeting and leads to much larger problems.
In cases where someone is experiencing co-occurring disorders, both conditions must be treated to help the person fully recover. Fortunately, Jackson House has the tools and expertise to help our clients address their mental health and substance use disorders head-on.
At Jackson House, we believe in treating substance use disorders and mental health conditions side by side. To truly help someone you must address all of their needs. Substance use disorders and mental health issues are often entwined in a vicious cycle. We do not believe in putting one condition aside to address the other. We take the time to get to know our clients and develop treatment plans that allow us to manage their dependence on drugs or alcohol and mental health needs.
We are fortunate to have two highly specialized programs within the Jackson House family. Jackson House Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers helps people manage their addiction issues, while Jackson House was intentionally designed to give our clients a safe place to address their mental health needs. When clients are experiencing a dual diagnosis, we work with them to identify which program would be the best fit. Regardless of where they end up, our team provides the necessary treatment to address the conditions equally, and our experience allows us to optimize treatment as our clients’ needs change. Focusing on someone’s addiction and mental health issues at the same time gives our clients the best chance at recovery.
A dual diagnosis is manageable with the right treatment and support.
Do you Suffer From a Dual Diagnosis?
Take our short quiz to see if you or someone you care about has any signs of a dual diagnosis. Remember, there is hope. Jackson House is here to help.
Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness?
Does drinking or drug use impact your relationships or work performance?
Do you use drugs or alcohol to cope with your feelings?
Do you feel better when you use drugs or alcohol?
Do you need to consume more drugs or alcohol to achieve the same level of high that you did in the past?
Do you struggle with substance abuse and your mental health?
Have you tried to stop using drugs or alcohol and been unable to quit?
Have you noticed changes in your behavior since you first started using drugs or alcohol?
Have you experimented with different drugs to try to stabilize your mood?
Do you find yourself consuming alcohol or using drugs more when you are faced with a stressful situation?
This quiz is for information purposes only and not to be considered a diagnosis for a co-occurring disorder. Please consult a mental health professional.
This quiz is for information purposes only and not to be considered a diagnosis for a co-occurring disorder. Please consult a mental health professional for an appointment.