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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis Issues & Concerns

At UR, our clinicians understand that substance use disorders are often symptomatic of an underlying trauma or mental health issue. We want to understand the complex factors that drive addictive and compulsive behaviors, and we want to work with individuals on developing the insight, strategies, and skills it takes to address co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis).

When a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar and borderline personality disorder is present, we work to address the whole person, approach the problem from a medical, spiritual, and psychological perspective. We approach dual diagnosis from a medical and psychological perspective by providing the counseling, assistance, and support that our clients deserve. This will allow them to face their experience, regulate their moods, and manage their lives without the denial, avoidance, and stigma that come from substance use or a mental illness.

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Dual diagnosis describes a practice that treats those who suffer from each addiction and a psychiatrical disorder.

For example, you may be addicted to medication, alcohol, sex, gambling or a mixture of things. And you’ll have psychiatrical disorders that embrace schizophrenic psychosis, manic depression, eating disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder, or anxiety disorder among others.

A high functioning alcoholic may suffer from a mood disorder. A binger will suffer from emotional disorder. A bulimic may be bipolar.

It is this—the twin nature of the affliction of the overwhelming majority of addicts—that remains mostly unknown, untreated, and is greatly liable for the large incidence of relapse.

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