Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Chicago (312) 604-7346

Right here in Chicago, innumerable people are suffering from drug or alcohol addictions and substance abuse problems. Many people believe that addiction exists in a separate plane from that of other physical or mental disorders. However, dual diagnosis is a situation that proves otherwise. Many people do not know of or fully understand dual diagnosis, and therefore do not realize that they need to seek help at drug rehab centers that offer specialized dual diagnosis treatment in order to address all of the factors that led to their drug or alcohol addiction. As a result, some individuals continue to relapse through no fault of their own. If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with co-occurring addiction and mental health issues, call Chicago Drug Rehab IL at (312) 604-7346 to get assistance with finding qualified dual diagnosis treatment centers now.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the state of simultaneously suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder (also known as a mood disorder). The state of being diagnosed with both of these conditions at once is not cause to speculate over which came first or whether or not they caused one another.

However, the fact of the matter is that oftentimes, mental health disorders and drug or alcohol addictions interact with one another in complicated and intricate ways making treating them entirely separately (without accounting for the other) virtually impossible and most definitely ill advised. As such, when a person is dual diagnosed, they need help from facilities that offer dual diagnosis treatment, not just addiction treatment or mental health treatment.

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Drug and alcohol addictions can develop and occur at the same time as virtually any physical or mental health disorder. However, there are some mental health disorders that seem to co-occur with addictions far more often than others. Some of these include:

Depression and Addiction

Depression is a mental health disorder that is commonly seen in dual diagnosis. It is characterized predominantly by feelings of helplessness, feelings of hopelessness, prolonged and overwhelming sadness, lethargy and fatigue, and social isolation.

Depression most commonly co-occurs with alcohol addictions. This has to do with the effects alcohol has on the brain and nervous system when it is consumed. Particularly, it has to do with the release of dopamine that alcohol triggers in those who consume it. Because dopamine is a chemical responsible for increased brain activity and pleasure, it essentially has the opposite effect of depression. Thus, it is easy to see how a substance abuse problem and eventual addiction can develop.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Addiction

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by obsessive thoughts and worries that cause a person immense anxiety and panic as wells as compulsive patterns of behavior that develop as a way to allay or calm these worries but often instead become a source of anxiety themselves.

These behaviors can include counting incessantly, like counting the number of times a person locks the door, counting steps, needing to repeat certain words a set number of times or other counted behaviors, as well as highly structured rituals that must be completed, even for simple tasks like brushing teeth or taking a shower.

People with OCD often develop addictions to narcotics. Narcotics (also known as opiates) are drugs that have an immediate and immense calming effect on the mind and body by simultaneously blocking pain receptors and suppressing the central nervous system in general.

These drugs essentially get abused because they are being used to quell the obsessive thoughts, worries, and panic that an OCD sufferer feels when opiates and narcotics are actually meant to be painkillers for moderate to severe physical pain. Examples of narcotics include morphine, Demerol, Dilaudid, and even heroin.

What are the Treatments for Dual Diagnosis?


Psychotherapy is the use of both individual and group counseling to help uncover the root causes of a mental health disorder and a drug or alcohol addiction. These causes and issues are confronted directly through discussions and exercises to help heal the mind as well as to develop coping strategies and alternative courses of action to prevent relapse both mental health-wise and in substance abuse.


Psychopharmacology involves prescribing prescription drugs to treat mental health disorders. In the case of dual diagnosis, the doses, amount prescribed (number of pills in every bottle), and the types of drug prescribed are all carefully considered and monitored. This is to help a recovering addict avoid developing a new addiction.

There are many qualified drug treatment centers in Chicago that offer dual diagnosis treatment to help people with co-occurring addiction and mental health issues reclaim their lives free from addiction. Chicago Drug Rehab IL can help you find the treatment options that offer the best fit for your recovery needs. Call (312) 604-7346 to get started.

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