When an individual presents with both a substance use disorder and at least one mental health condition, he or she is said to have co-occurring disorders. This is also known as having a dual diagnosis. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 47 million adults in the US have at least one mental health condition, and almost 19 million have a substance use disorder.
Co-occurring disorders treatment is designed to help individuals recover from both substance abuse and any underlying mental health conditions, which may often go undiagnosed. Because substance abuse and mental health issues can perpetuate one another, it is critical to treat them simultaneously for the best chance at long-term, sustainable recovery.