Imagine your doctor telling you that you have cancer. After the initial shock, your mind might explode with questions. . . How bad is it? How long will I live? What are my options? Fortunately, they caught it in time. Now, the choice is up to you to take that next step.
What if you’re diagnosed with co-ocurring disorders?
Perhaps you understand that a dual diagnosis describes a person that has both a mental health disorder and substance abuse problem. But, maybe you are wondering. . . Exactly, what does that mean? How badly do co-occurring disorders affect my life? Is treatment necessary?
The effects of co-occurring disorders should motivate you to seek proper treatment.
Substance abuse alone can destroy your life. There are many consequences for untreated addiction:
The symptoms vary in degree depending on which mental illness you have and the severity of that mental illness.
Just imagine, what will happen when you combine the effects of substance abuse and the effects of mental illness! . . . As you can see, dual disorders result in multiple negative consequences, harming your physical and psychological health in various ways. They will do so increasingly because both disorders feed off each other as they propel one in the downward spiral of mental health problems and addiction.
If untreated, you have a higher likelihood for…
A fulfilling life can be yours. You no longer have to suffer from the multiplied effects of substance abuse and mental illness.
The choice is up to you. Will you take the next step and seek treatment?
Maybe you have been in and out of hospitals and programs trying to find treatment for dual diagnosis and no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work. Many times doctors only detect one side of the problem because the symptoms for both are very similar. They try to treat one disorder, which causes you to relapse due to the other, untreated disorder.
It is vital that treatment for co-occurring disorders treats both disorders at the same time. Learn more about integrated treatment ->
Effects of Drug Abuse: