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Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, dual diagnosis is a term used to describe people with a mental health disorder who have coexisting problems with drugs and/or alcohol.

Recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with severe mental illness, such as bipolar and schizophrenia, also experience substance abuse.

The relationship between the two is complex, and the treatment of people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness is more complicated than the treatment of either condition alone.


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