Dual Diagnosis

We Specialize in Treating You, Not Just the Addiction

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, mental health and a coexisting substance use disorder are not uncommon. 9.2 million adults aged 18 or older have co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.


At Northridge Addiction Treatment Center, We Collaborate to Create a Specialized Treatment Plan to Address Repressed Trauma and Co-occurring Disorders.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Mental health and addiction are significantly entwined. Around half of the people in the United States seeking treatment for substance use are diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder. Our caring team of professionals at Northridge Addiction Treatment Center knows treating one disorder and not the other can be detrimental to an individual’s rehabilitation and leave them incapable of successfully recovering from either disorder. NATC uses integrated treatment, acknowledging both disorders’ relation and core causes to equip you with the foundation to control your mental health without substance use. Research indicates treatment programs that combine mental health and substance use disorder have a higher potential for success.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

The likelihood of a substance use disorder amongst individuals with mental health issues is very high. Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder is a substance use disorder’s co-existence with another psychiatric, psychological, or behavioral disorder. This is also sometimes referred to as a dual disorder or comorbidity. The dual diagnosis definition does not depend on any specific combination of mental and substance use disorders. However, some of the most commonly seen mental disorders associated with co-occurring disorder include anxiety and mood disorders, depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia.

What Is the Cause of a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Do mental health disorders create substance use, or do substance use disorders cause mental health symptoms? Physicians and researchers struggle with distinguishing any cause between mental health and substance use disorders because initial diagnosis usually occurs when both conditions are already present. If substance use is causing mood disorder symptoms, then the most common treatments may not be effective or appropriate. Although, if the mood disorder symptoms persist without substance use, the same treatment may be successful for the substance use disorder.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, only 9.1% of adults with dual disorders received both mental health care and substance use treatment. Despite the many barriers surrounding people with co-occurring conditions getting treatment, individuals with these compounding afflictions need an intense integrated treatment plan to address addiction and mental health disorders simultaneously. Treatment that acknowledges both disorders concurrently with the same treatment team is called integrated treatment. It is an evidence-based treatment proven to be continually superior compared to other separate treatment plans. Connect with our specialists to see how Northridge Addiction Treatment Center’s integrated treatment program can benefit you or your loved one.

Find Meaningful Recovery

Our caring and compassionate specialists are eager to help you comfortably navigate this journey to recovery. Our individualized treatment plan, programs, and therapies may be a perfect match for you or your loved one. Let us assist you in living the happy life you deserve. It starts with a phone call.

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