The Journal of the American Medical Association tells us that 53% of all drug addicts and 37% of all alcoholics have at least one concurrent psychiatric illness, and that, out of all those people diagnosed with a mental illness, 29% are also alcohol or drug addicts. In simple terms, that means an addiction is not just a simple problem to be fixed, but can be part and parcel of a problem with a person’s entire mental health. The link between addiction and mental illness cannot be ignored.
Addictions can exist side-by-side with a person’s psychiatric illness, most commonly depression and bipolar disorder. Treatment of the addiction may be useful, but not sufficient—the mental illness must also be treated. Another problem is that alcohol and drug use can either mask the symptoms of a mental illness, or mimic the symptoms. Treatment of both the addiction and the mental illness is vital, and that’s why we treat both.
It’s likely that you will return to your dependency on alcohol and drugs if the underlying psychiatric conditions that may have contributed to your fall into addiction are not diagnosed and treated. We are on our side, we want you to become healthy, we want you to succeed in your recovery. That is why we work so hard at ridding your system of drugs and alcohol, and work just as hard at giving you the skills to cope with your problems and at providing you treatment for any psychiatric disorder you may have.
A dual diagnosis is a complex procedure to be done only by trained people with experience in the process. That is why we employ only the most highly professional and experienced staff in this area of medicine. Come to see us if you have any suspicion that your addiction to drugs or alcohol may be part of a greater mental problem, and we will help you with both aspects of your situation.
Call our Orlando office now at (407) 434-9431 for treatment of both your psychiatric illness. and your addiction.
We will diagnosis your mental illness and help you recover from your addiction by treatment that combines an integrated drug/alcohol rehab and psychiatric and medical therapy. Our safe medically-supervised detox process is specially tailored to reduce trauma for those people with concurrent mental disorders, and our team of professionals can begin treatment for your mental illness immediately upon your admittance to our Treatment Center.