Dual Diagnosis

The connection between substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders is well documented. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.” Our experience here at Parkdale Center finds co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders to be even more frequent. 

The most common mental health conditions co-occurring with SUD are anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and depression, but all mental health disorders can co-exist with SUD. Because many of these disorders can have overlapping symptoms which can “feed” one another, evidence-based addiction treatment requires evaluation by both medical and psychiatric professionals. It is often impossible to say if one condition led to the other, as they are often fully enmeshed. Therefore, addressing these co-occurring disorders at the same time is crucial to positive, lifelong, addiction recovery. For example, patients suffering from depression are more likely to relapse, so treating the depression alongside the addiction can improve chances for long-term recovery. 

When your loved one comes to Parkdale Center for treatment, they will meet with both medical doctors and nurses as well as a doctoral-level psychiatric practitioner. These medical and psychiatric evaluations will provide our clinical staff with a complete picture of their physical and mental health. This allows us to individualize their treatment while here at Parkdale, as well as make specific recommendations for their ongoing recovery once they leave.  

Our practitioners use several diagnostic screening tools to help identify if your loved one is experiencing individual mental health struggles along with their SUD. These screenings go beyond what you’d expect from a mere diagnostic questionnaire. They include an evaluation of a patient’s medications and nutrition supplements, sleeping patterns, lifestyle, diet, activity levels, and more. Treatment of mental health issues alongside substance use disorder improves both their short- and long-term well-being. Relief from one disorder often supports relief from others. 


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