The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use condition is referred to as co-occurring diagnosis. Dual diagnosis provides treatment for substance use while also addressing the symptoms of the co-occurring mental condition. WellBridge Greater Dallas offers services for co-occurring diagnosis through all levels of care to accommodate each patient’s unique recovery needs.
People with co-occurring diagnosis are best served through integrated treatment. With integrated treatment, practitioners can address mental health and substance use at the same time, often lowering costs and creating better outcomes. Approximately 8 million adults in the United States have co-occurring diagnosis.
People with mental health conditions are more likely than people without mental health conditions to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder. Co-occurring diagnosis can be difficult to address due to the complexity of symptoms, as both may vary in severity. In many cases, people receive treatment for one condition while the other remains untreated. This may occur because both mental health and substance use conditions can have biological, psychological, and social components.