A Dual Diagnosis of Emotional or Mental Illness and Addiction

Do you think you may be suffering from a dual diagnosis of emotional or mental illness and addiction?

Does this sound like you?

  • You suffer from unbearable anxiety, or crushing depression, but were too embarrassed or afraid to seek professional help, so you turned to alcohol or drugs to escape the mental pain and seek relief?
  • Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but the meds you’ve been prescribed numbed you up too much, made you feel dead inside, so you decided to use alcohol or drugs to “even out” your emotions.

But now, the problem is that the “cure” has become the illness, and you can’t stop.

You’re not alone.

Consider that an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 19 million suffer from major depressive disorder, and it is easy to understand how someone might turn to drugs and alcohol for relief – and how that can turn into a self-destructive pattern of addiction.

In fact, a co-occurring mental or emotional disorder is an all-too common problem with someone struggling with substance abuse. As described above, your addiction may have started with an attempt to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs in an attempt to control underlying emotional or mental disorders, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder.

While many residential treatment centers will typically treat the disease of addiction, they don’t always treat the underlying emotional or mental issues that may have caused or exacerbated your addiction. But treating the addiction alone isn’t enough.

Addiction treatment is a scary proposition, but when emotional and mental disorders are underlying factors, recovery can seem like an impossible task. White Sands Treatment Center understands your fears, and can help. At White Sands, compassionate staff members are recovering alcoholics and addicts themselves, and fully understand that the process of recovery can appear to be frightening, especially when emotional and mental disorders are co-occurring as well.

Both your addiction and the factors that led to it are addressed, for greater chances of an enduring recovery. By identifying underlying emotional and mental issues, the staff at White Sands can then properly diagnose your condition and put forth an effective, individualized addiction treatment plan.

Understanding all of the factors that led to your addiction is an important part of the overall recovery process. Let us help you get your life back.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.