When a person has both a mental illness (such as anxiety, depression, or a personality disorder) and a problem with drugs and/or alcohol it is called a dual diagnosis. It is not uncommon for mental illness and addiction to coexist. According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than one-third of people who abuse alcohol are also coping with mental illness. Almost one-third of people with all mental illnesses and about one-half of people with severe mental illness (like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) have issues with substance abuse.

Individual, group, and family counselors exist who specialize in dual diagnosis treatment.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Fact Sheet

DualDiagnosis.org: Overview

DualDiagnosis.org: Through this website you can learn more, locate treatment centers, and live chat. 1-877-345-3357

Dual Recovery Anonymous Facebook page

Helpguide.org overview of substance abuse and mental health issues

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance article on dual diagnosis

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