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Dual Diagnosis


When you are struggling with a substance use disorder, accepting help is one of the most difficult and courageous steps you can make towards recovery. When you are also dealing with another mental health issue co-occurring with substance use, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, or something else, the difficulties compound.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in California at Stairway Resource Center

Substance use disorder, or SUD, often goes hand in hand with other mental health issues, which may cause or be caused by substance use. If psychological disorders are left untreated while you turn your attention to your substance use disorder, they can worsen until they become a roadblock to your recovery.

This is where dual diagnosis treatment comes in. We thoroughly examine your history to develop a deep understanding of each of your disorders and how they interact. Our screening process can also help you identify previously unrealized mental health disorder symptoms that may have contributed to your substance use.

Dual Diagnosis

What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis treats both a mental health disorder (anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more) and a substance use disorder (alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder, and more). Both of these disorders can negatively affect a person’s health, physically, socially, emotionally, and psychologically. Individually or together, they both impact an individual’s ability to function within society and in daily life.


In addition, dual disorders don’t only impact a person individually; they impact one another to compound the above-mentioned issues. The interactions between these two disorders can worsen the symptoms of both, and make both substance use and mental illness relapses more likely. Because symptoms can overlap, it can be difficult to discover the causes of a patient’s issue and make a diagnosis.

Common Co-occurring Disorders

A number of things can impact risk for substance use disorder and psychological disorders, including genetics, environmental factors, family, personality, and stressors like traumatic life events or loss. If you are already suffering from a mental illness, you are more likely to be sensitive to substances that alter moods.

Some common dual diagnoses include substance use disorder (SUD) combined with:

  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Bipolar disorder (BPD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia and personality disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies and disorders (OCD)

Significance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment in CA

Many individuals suffering from substance use disorders also suffer from mental health disorders. In fact, one screening of SUD treatment clinics discovered that 50% of patients suffered from a co-occurring mental illness.

Treatment of only one disorder is inadequate. and can even be dangerous. By contrast, dual diagnosis treatment for addiction and mental health disorders first eliminates substance use and treats the psychological symptoms that remain. By following detoxification with dual diagnosis treatment and recovery, you can learn how to manage and treat the symptoms of both disorders.

In addition, specialized dual diagnosis care is important to help you improve your relationships with those around you. When a treatment facility examines all aspects of you as a person to treat the root causes of your disorders, and psychological experts and addiction therapy work hand in hand, you have every chance of rebuilding.

Personalized Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

The team at Stairway Resource Center strives to fully understand all aspects of your personal health to develop a plan that addresses your unique situation. As a result, we offer several types of substance abuse disorder and mental health treatment, personalized to fit your individual needs. By offering supportive help and a strong foundation to begin rebuilding your life, we can help you work towards recovery.

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Finding Your Dual Diagnosis Treatment in CA

If you’ve already attempted sobriety and found yourself unable to avoid relapse, it’s important to understand how co-occurring disorders can influence your health and make recovery more difficult. Every individual’s experience is different, and individualized dual diagnosis treatment in CA could be what allows you to take control of your recovery and your life.

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