The Common Mental Health Disorders in Dual Diagnosis

Aug 1, 2023 | Rehab

Dual diagnosis refers to the treatment of individuals suffering from mental health problems and a substance use disorder. These disorders can be destructive when they simultaneously occur. And neglecting one disorder may worsen the other.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2021 by SAMHSA estimates that 9.2 million adults in the US have a co-occurring disorder. And 34.5% of patients with co-occurring disorders received just mental health treatment, overlooking the substance use disorder.

Treating only mental health disorders is risky because it can worsen the substance use disorder, and patients can backslide into more severe mental health conditions.

Some recovery clinics tend to overlook substance abuse disorders because the mental health illnesses that are usually present are the most common mental health disorders.

What Are the Mental Health Disorders Associated with Substance Abuse?

Many mental health disorders turn individuals to drug abuse or alcohol misuse. It varies from mild to severe. And it includes the following:


Patients with depression, a type of mood disorder, may feel hopeless and depressed for long periods. Over 11% of emergency room visits are linked to depression, and at least 4.7% of persons in America report having frequent depressive symptoms.

People with depression tend to use substances like drugs or alcohol to escape from unexplainable loneliness.


The symptoms of an anxiety disorder are more persistent, in contrast to the typical worried feeling. The constant and excessive terror that an individual with an anxiety disorder experiences is a bunch of problems unrelated to the current situation. According to the ADAA, it affects nearly 40 million American adults.

Like depression, an anxiety disorder can push people to use substances for euphoric effects.

Bipolar Disorders

Unpredictable and intense mood swings are produced by bipolar disorder. Exaggerated highs and lows are common in people with bipolar disorder. They have internal conflict. They go through periods of manic and hyper behavior, then experience feelings of hopelessness and indifference.

People with bipolar disorder frequently use drugs and alcohol as self-medication. These substances lessen the symptoms of manic and depressive episodes.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

A single horrific experience might trigger post-traumatic stress disorder, or it can grow worse over time after numerous little exposures.

People suffering from PTSD are more likely to have violent outbursts and panic attacks, which can be distressing to observe for family and friends. Those who have PTSD may turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication due to the guilt they feel over these outbursts.

These are some of the most common mental health disorders associated with substance abuse. There are more.

Treatment for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Treating co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis is possible in Taylor Recovery. We firmly believe that holistic recovery is the key to lasting sobriety.

Our treatment programs are scientific-based and proven to produce successful recoveries. Our staffs are all experts and dedicated to the recovery of every individual. Our amenities are first-class to make the recovery journey comfortable and peaceful.

Why don’t you reach out today and jumpstart your recovery?