Dual diagnosis is a term for the struggle faced by those who have a mental illness in addition to battling addiction to a substance such as alcohol. In the past it was thought that psychologists couldn’t help clients until after the addiction was “solved”, but now we know that treating one of these problems is likely tied to treating the other. In fact, many with mental illness may turn to addictive substances to self-medicate. Acknowledging the addiction as part of the picture of mental health is seen as key by dual diagnosis therapists.
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