What Is Dual Diagnosis?

An estimated 20 million American adults have a substance use disorder; of these, half also reported some form of mental health concern. When someone experiences a combination of addiction and mental illness, they are said to have co-occurring disorders – otherwise labeled “dual diagnosis.” This can make the treatment of one’s substance use disorder more complex, but if handled by highly qualified experts, both addiction and mental illness may be overcome.

Common dual diagnoses include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Panic disorder (panic attacks)
  • ADD (attention deficit disorder)
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)


When you arrive in southern California, you’ll be evaluated by a doctor to determine whether your condition is appropriate for clinical detox. While at Inland Detox, you will go through a process called stabilization; this entails going through the withdrawal process in a comfortable, quiet setting. Once your condition is stable, you will be referred for further treatment, generally in an inpatient residential setting.

Treating Addiction And Mental Illness

In order to effectively manage the symptoms of mental illness in recovery, it’s necessary for both disorders to be treated simultaneously. For example, negative feelings attributable to one’s anxiety may spur cravings and other self-destructive coping mechanisms. Conversely, the desire to use again can send one into a deep depression. The combination of addiction treatment and mental health care is referred to as integrated intervention, and it is considered the gold standard for recovery.
Because each person’s history of substance use and mental illness is unique, each client’s treatment plan should be individualized. This enables licensed clinicians to ascertain the most effective approach to complete healing and lasting sobriety.

Inland Detox offers various approaches to treat both mental health issues and addiction, including:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Family or couple’s counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication (under clinical supervision)
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California Dual Diagnosis Rehab

If you or a loved one are struggling with both addiction and mental illness, you’re not alone. The Inland Empire is Southern California’s premier provider of addiction treatment services. From medically supervised detoxification to residential programs, there is a path to recovery for even the most challenging of cases. Call (888) 739-8296. today to learn more.