Dual Diagnosis
Dual Diagnosis

Of those struggling with substance addiction, many also suffer from depression, anxiety, intimacy issues, sex addiction, codependency, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other afflictions. The term “dual diagnosis” is applied to such individuals, who often have a substance use disorder in addition to a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) and depression. A dual diagnosis means that the patient has two distinct disorders or illnesses, each one requiring a particular plan of treatment.

For many, many years, the systems of care employed to treat dual diagnosis patients have remained separated from each other, which has cemented the lack of sound options available to sufferers. On a national level, few drug treatment centers are equipped to effectively implement the integrated treatments required for a dual diagnosis patient. A detox, on its own, is not enough. Behavioral therapy, support groups and specialized medicine can work in concert to treat the patient, alleviating symptoms and giving him or her a fresh start.


Reach Out to Us

At South Coast Counseling, you can rest assured that you or your loved one will receive compassionate, expert treatment. Our clinical team includes licensed therapists, medical doctors and clinical psychologists. We are therefore extremely well-equipped to treat dual diagnosis patients.

If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from multiple disorders or received a dual diagnosis, please contact us immediately.