Dual diagnosis is when a person has an addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling, complicated by a mental health problem such as depression, anxietypost-traumatic stress disorder, an eating disorder or a personality disorder.

People suffering from addiction are very likely to be diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder; and people with mental health issues have a higher likelihood of developing an addiction.

Dual diagnosis is also known as ‘co-occurring disorders’, or ‘co-morbidity’.

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis is a complex condition and there is no single treatment option as each case is unique. The addiction and the underlying mental health issues are best managed and treated at a residential rehab clinic, at the same time and in the same location.

Why is Residential Treatment Best for Dual Diagnosis?

Whether the addiction caused mental health problems, or poor mental health led to the addiction, these issues need to be treated together at the same time, in the same place. The mental health disorder cannot be treated without the patient being sober, and the patient is at a high risk of relapse if their mental health issues go untreated.

Most outpatient clinics and small rehab clinics cannot deal with the level of complexity involved in dual diagnosis cases. Different support providers from different agencies may be involved in individual cases which can lead to poor communication, fragmented care and insufficient treatment supervision.

How We Treat Dual Diagnosis

At Castle Craig, we have a team of leading Consultant Psychiatrists, expert addiction doctors, experienced nurses and qualified therapists to tackle all aspects of addiction. We recommend that our dual diagnosis patients attend treatment for an extended period of time, moving from our Intensive Care clinic to our Dual Diagnosis Extended Care programme. The length of treatment depends on the diagnosis made by the Consultant Psychiatrist and how well the patient responds to treatment.

Getting Help

If you have been struggling with an addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling and at the same time have depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, OCD, eating disorders or any other problems that are hindering your recovery; call our admissions team at Castle Craig for more information.

Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | June 14, 2021