dual diagnosis

What Defines a Co-Occurring Disorder?

Co-occurring disorders are defined by the presence of a substance-use disorder and a mental health disorder.  Co-occurring disorders are what is referred to as “dual diagnosis.”  The term can also be applied to cognitive disorders and the presence of a mental health disorder.  Despite the use associated with other disorders, co-occurring disorders are typically used...
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Are Co-Occurring Disorders Normal?

Until recent years, co-occurring disorders were considered to be a rare case. Addiction and alcoholism, more formally referred to as alcohol use or substance use disorder, were treated as an isolated problem. Some might refer to the debate as the “chicken and the egg”. People assumed that the chicken and the egg were different- meaning...
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Why Is Treatment For Co-Occurring Disorders Important?

Seventeen and a half million American adults (over the age of eighteen) had a serious mental health disorder within the last year. Four million of those American adults with a serious mental health disorder also had a co-occurring problem with addiction or alcoholism, according to SAMHSA. Co-occurring disorders is another term for “dual diagnosis”. Both...
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Contingency Management Addiction Treatment

When you were growing up, there is a good chance that your parents rewarded you for good behaviors. Such rewards would reinforce your desire to continue the same pattern in the future. Completed chores were probably rewarded with an allowance and following directions were likely rewarded with your parents exhibiting greater trust in your ability...
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