The connections between substance abuse and mental health conditions are crystal clear – those that abuse drugs and alcohol are more likely to suffer from a mental health condition (depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and PTSD), and those suffering from a mental health condition are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol or develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Families often ask, “What is more of a concern, the mental health issue, or addressing the substance abuse/addiction issues?” The answer to this question given by Intervention Helpline certified intervention professionals is always, “Both are equally important to address.”
At Intervention Helpline, we believe in holistic approaches to treating an individual. It is our belief that you need to treat the whole person when you treat and disease, including addiction. If you aren’t treating all factors that play a role in substance abuse and addiction, you aren’t treating the whole problem.
Dual diagnosis treatment is one of the ways that addiction can be treated holistically, and all aspects of the addiction can be addressed.