Dual Diagnosis (also know as co-occurring disorder) refers to those individuals who suffer from an addiction as well as a co-occurring disorder of mental illness. Some of the most common mental disorders found along with addiction are:
- Bipolar Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
The National Mental Health Association has identified a significant link to those suffering from a mental illness may also suffer from an addiction and vice versa. According to their research, they identified 61% of individuals who suffered from Bipolar Disorder also suffered from a Substance Dependence Disorder. They also identified individuals suffering from a co-occurring disorder are at a higher risk for suicidal ideation and attempts.
The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery believes in treating the whole person. Treating dual diagnosis is an important and integrated part of sustainable recovery along with balancing emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness. We provide a diverse treatment team, which includes psychiatric professionals and addiction counselors. Psychiatric consultations and medication adjustments are incorporated into the treatment planning for those individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders. IIAR offers weekly therapy group's specific to dual diagnosis that provides education on caring for a mental health disorder and how it affects the addiction recovery process. Some of the group process focus is on learning the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, understanding anger and anger managements, and creating positive coping skills.
For more information on the treatment of dual diagnosis, please call 800-522-3784.