Dual diagnosis describes the co-existence of two separate, but inter-related disorders, one being a substance use disorder and the other being a mental health disorder. There is a wide array of possible dual diagnosis scenarios, from broad connections between conditions to specific causal relationships. Common dual diagnosis interactions include depression and alcohol use disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and opioid dependence, cannabis abuse and psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and benzodiazepine abuse.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from co-existing disorders, Dallas Drug Treatment Centers can help you find dual diagnosis treatment centers. Give us a call today at (214) 453-5663 to find out more about your treatment options.


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 17.5 million Americans are living with a serious mental health disorder. Almost one quarter of these people, or 4 million, also have a co-occurring substance use disorder.

In separate statistics by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 45 percent of people with substance addiction problems also have a co-occurring disorder, representing nearly 8.9 million Americans over the age of 18.Despite this large number, more than 50 percent of people with a dual diagnosis do not receive any treatment for either condition, with the other 50 percent often receiving inadequate levels of care.

According to SAMHSA, 34 percent of people with a dual diagnosis received mental health treatment, with 12 percent getting help for both conditions and only 2 percent enrolled in a specialized drug rehab program. Alcohol is the primary substance problem for 45 percent of dual diagnosis patients, with prescription opioid painkillers abused in 21 percent of cases.

Depression and Addiction

Numerous links have been found between depression disorders and substance use disorders, including alcoholism, opioid abuse, benzodiazepine abuse and many more. People with existing depression problems are likely to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, with existing drug addicts also likely to get depressed as they continue drug use.

This bi-directional relationship can be difficult for clinicians to evaluate, with clear links between disorders often hard to quantify and treat. Specific relationships have been discovered between depressive illnesses and central nervous system (CNS) depressants, with the use of these drugs more likely to influence depression rates than other substances. Examples of CNS depressants include alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Before treating a dual diagnosis patient, doctors will attempt to differentiate between pre-existing conditions and substance induced conditions. This can make all the difference in terms of treatment, with some disorders requiring singular treatment and others needing a multi-pronged approach.

If a primary disorder can be diagnosed, clinicians may try to treat both disorders with a single treatment plan. Sequential treatment is also available, with the secondary condition treated once the primary disorder has been evaluated and stabilized. Parallel treatment involves treating both conditions at the same time. Integrated treatment plans make no distinction between disorders, with a single treatment regime used to treat both conditions.

At the best dual diagnosis treatment centers, mental health and addiction professionals work together to formulate the most appropriate treatment plan to fit the needs of each patient. Through thorough evaluation, they are able to provide the treatments that will ensure the best recovery possible. For more information regarding available dual diagnosis programs or other rehab services, dial Dallas Drug Treatment Centers at (214) 453-5663 now. We will help you find the best dual diagnosis treatment centers to meet your particular recovery needs.