Have you experienced a Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse problem simultaneously. Dual diagnosis is a very broad category. It can range from someone developing mild depression because of binge drinking, to someone’s symptoms of bipolar disorder becoming more severe when that person abuses heroin during periods of mania.

Either substance abuse or mental illness can develop first. A person experiencing a mental health condition may turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication to improve the troubling mental health symptoms they experience.

Research shows though that drugs and alcohol only make the symptoms of mental health conditions worse. Abusing substances can also lead to mental health problems because of the effects drugs have on a person’s moods, thoughts, brain chemistry and behavior.

See more at:  NAMI.org

4 thoughts on “Have you experienced a Dual Diagnosis?

  1. BelleUnruh says:

    When my memories came back, I had trouble with drinking too much for 10 years. I kept praying God would take the desire away and He did. I started drinking to get rid of the mental pain I was in. It worked at first – that’s how people get sucked in. After a few years, I was just as sad drunk as sober. It can only cover pain for so long and then bang – you now have more pain because of drinking.

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  2. updownflight says:

    My first three hospitalizations were in the dual diagnosis ward, which were followed by the dual diagnosis group in an Intensive Outpatient program. I abused alcohol for a while so had to detox during my first hospitalization. Though most people have addiction, I ended up discovering that I didn’t, but that didn’t make it easy to finally quit.

    I remember drinking small amounts of alcohol even as a kid. When I got older and had more access to it I’d find myself abusing it at times. At 30 I was drinking large amounts every single day. I think my bipolar disorder made my abuse, but certainly drinking had been a custom before.

    My husband still drinks (moderately). It doesn’t bother me. Actually, I now maybe drink 1/2 glass of wine or 1/3 beer most days. I don’t desire any more. In fact, if I drink 2 drinks I usually feel upset to my stomach and mentally unwell. I guess my medications play a part in that.

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    • cherished79 says:

      Thanks so much for sharing and commenting. I also had a drinking problem in my early 20’s, however, due to severe migraines it kind of ended that addiction. I’m grateful for that, but have struggled with 45 years of hellish pain. Alcohol can be deadly, and I’m happy you’ve taken control. 🙂

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