Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The Key to Successful Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery 

Co-Occurring Disorders

For many addicts, seeking treatment for drug use is only the first step in recovery. Mental and emotional issues must also be brought to the surface and treated. 

Dual Diagnosis is a term for an individual who suffers from a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental illness. According to SAMHSA, in 2014, about 8 million people suffered from both an addiction and a mental health disorder.


Why are Mental Disorders Damaging?

There are multitudes of mental disorders, each affecting individuals in different ways. Generally, these disorders cause changes in a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

While mental disorders can be mild, if left untreated, they can grow and root themselves into an individual’s psyche. A crushing depression can cause thoughts of suicide. Uncontrollable mood swings can cause rifts between loved ones. In some illnesses, reality may even become skewed and distorted.

In combination with a drug addiction, these problems only amplify and worsen. In turn, mental disorders can also increase an addiction’s severity.

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Not all rehab facilities specialize in Dual Diagnosis treatment. With Step One Rehab, finding these facilities is only a phone call away.

For information on treatment facilities, and how to get admitted, visit Step One Rehab or call 877-348-7494.

Why is Dual Diagnosis Important?

An individual suffering from addiction may not realize that they have an underlying mental health issue. Symptoms from disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder often blend in with the effects of drug abuse. These disorders can be easily concealed by the tides of addiction.

An undiagnosed and untreated mental disorder can be damaging for addicts seeking treatment. Even if substance abuse is addressed through drug treatment, the underlying mental health issue still takes its toll on the individual. This can lead to relapse, because the addict never truly gets to experience sobriety with a clear mind.

Through Dual Diagnosis treatment, addicts are given a level playing field despite their mental illness.


Co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders are difficult to treat, because the disorders often feed off one another. Fortunately, many rehab facilities are beginning to specialize in Dual Diagnosis treatment methods.

Rehab facilities that specialize in Dual Diagnosis are well equipped to deal with co-occurring disorders.  During treatment, both substance abuse and mental disorders are given integrated treatments, which work to remedy the issues simultaneously. 

A main component of dual diagnosis rehab is integrating behavioral intervention. There are several types of behavioral tools that a therapist or psychiatrist will use in treating a patient. The most common types of therapy are: 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings as well as behavior. The goal of CBT is to teach you the proper and effective coping strategies for dealing with different problems throughout life.
  • Dialectic behavioral therapy, (DBT) is a psychotherapy treatment that teaches patients how to observe impulsive urges and regulate their emotional actions. As a therapeutic treatment for addiction, DBT combines the basic aspects of behavior therapy with holistic practices to help clients manage disturbing emotions and learn more functional behaviors and interpersonal skills. DBT has been shown to help the
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Integrated group counseling

The Dual Diagnosis treatment method is especially useful for patients who have suffered relapses, or deal with severe emotional disturbances which prevent them from being successful is typical rehabs. Treatment aims to remove the roadblocks that are caused by undiagnosed and untreated mental health issues. This gives patients an unobscured path to sobriety.

Types of Dual Diagnosis Rehab

Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment 

A form of inpatient treatment is admitting into residential treatment facility in which participants live at the rehab center during dual diagnosis treatment.  

Many people with a dual diagnosis will require additional services, enhanced support, and on-site professionals from  different medical and psychiatric specialties that may be found in inpatient centers. These programs allow those suffering from issues surrounding a dual diagnosis to receive the most intensive care needed to get on the path to recovery from both disorders. Inpatient dual diagnosis rehab programs are more intensive because participants: 

  • Receive daily therapy and attend multiple sessions per day. 
  • Educated on mental health issues as well as drug abuse and addiction. 
  • Have the opportunity to attend multiple support groups. 
  • Are a part of a community of people who are all learning and have the main goal of staying sober.

Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment 

Outpatient treatment is more flexible than inpatient treatment. Participating in intensive outpatient treatment, is where patients spend 30 hours or more per week at a rehab center. They do not live at the rehab.

If inpatient treatment is initially required, participants may then move on to an outpatient program that supports them living more independently, while they continue their recovery efforts. Participants may receive a variety of services in such a program, including: 

  • Individual and family counseling/therapy. 
  • Medication management. 
  • Involvement in peer support groups or 12-step programs. 
  • Support in living independently.
  • Quality of life/lifestyle concerns and improvement
  • Ways to improve day-to-day living



Why Step One Rehab?

Step One Rehab only works with the top dual diagnosis treatment centers in the nation. The truth is not all treatment centers are properly trained to handle a dual disorder, but will still take a loved one just to get people in the door. This may lead to further issues down the road, as the root cause of addiction may not be treated properly.

With our service you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be getting the best care and treatment in the country. We guarantee it. All of our rehab centers are certified to properly treat a dual disorder and get you on the right step to a lifetime of recovery.

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