The Importance of Dual Diagnosis
At Princeton Detox &Recovery Center, we completely understand that unless all existing disorders are thoroughly treated, the risk of relapse increases significantly. In an article titled Dual Diagnosis: The Importance of Simultaneous Treatment, Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, explains how crucial it is that mental health and addiction are addressed in the same facility. Dennis explains that mental illness comes in many forms. While anxiety disorders and depression are amongst the most common comorbid concerns, dual diagnosis can also refer to things like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or eating disorders. “Eating disorders, for example, commonly co-occur with substance abuse,” Dennis writes. “Up to 35% of alcohol or illicit drug abusers have eating disorders compared to only 3% of the general population. Similarly, up to 50% of those with eating disorders have a concurrent problem with alcohol or drug abuse.” While accredited and reputable dual diagnosis treatment centers do exist, it can be difficult to find one. Many treatment centers will still only focus on one disorder or another, without offering a more comprehensive continuum of care.