The term 'dual diagnosis', or 'co-occurring disorders', is often used to describe a person who has a diagnosed mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or even schizophrenia, and uses non-prescribed drugs such as cannabis, heroin or alcohol.
Using drugs and alcohol can lead to an increase of the symptoms of mental illness, such as becoming more anxious or even paranoid, and can stop any prescribed drugs from working as well. Some people with mental health problems will use drugs and alcohol to help manage the negative effects of their condition. This is often referred to as ‘self medicating’.
It can be difficult for people to find support when they have a dual diagnosis. Drugs and alcohol can ‘mask’ the symptoms of mental illness making it difficult to get help from mental health services. But reducing drug and alcohol use can ‘expose’ the person to the issues or symptoms that they have been trying to manage with substances leaving them vulnerable.
There are things that can help to support recovery from both mental health and substance problems and it is important to ask for support. It is a case of finding the right treatment, in the right combination. At Ayurva we have a proven track record for being able to successfully help and support people with dual diagnosis. To find out more about how we can help telephone us on 0845 467 0612 or e-mail us.
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