Understanding Dual Diagnosis
Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe when a person is experiencing mental health issues alongside alcohol and drug addiction. This situation is also commonly referred to as comorbidity, or co-occurring conditions, and it can be especially challenging, frustrating and overwhelming for those experiencing it.
Examples of a dual diagnosis may include:
- A mental health problem or disorder such as depression or anxiety that leads to or is associated with problematic alcohol and/or other drug use
- Problematic alcohol and drug misuse that leads to or is associated with or associated with a mental diagnosis such as anxiety or depression
- Alcohol and/or other drug misuse that worsens or alters the development of a person’s mental health issues
Your pathway to recovery at South Pacific Private
Established almost 30 years ago South Pacific Private was Australia’s first treatment centre equipped to treat a comprehensive range of addictions, mental health conditions and trauma, and to treat them in tandem within an integrated, holistic program.
Every client is welcomed by a full team of clinical experts dedicated to providing wraparound support including medical detox, specialist nursing care, psychiatric assessment and treatment, counseling, psychotherapy, guided group sessions with families and loved ones, and ongoing, individualised case management.
South Pacific Private’s dedicated family program the cornerstone of our multi-tiered approach to dual diagnosis treatment. It is what sets us apart of other treatment centres and hospitals. Partners, friends and families are frequently the most impacted by the experiences of clients with dual diagnosis, and their support in recovery can be key to long-term success.
At South Pacific Private, we’re committed to healing families, repairing relationships, restoring healthy dynamics and to laying the foundations to long-term success in complex cases of dual diagnosis.
If you are not sure if you need help, you can take one of our online self assessments. These guides are for you to evaluate your own condition, and to provide guidance on whether it is necessary to seek further help. If an addiction or disorder is escalating — as many do — the earlier you reach out, the better.