A Story of Drug Addiction, Alcoholism and Dual-Diagnosis

Dual-Diagnosis in Recovery from Addiction

Dual-diagnosis is defined as having a substance use disorder like drug addiction or Alcoholism that is accompanied by one or more mental health disorders. In the United States, I am one out of 7.9 million people that live with a dual-diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders (SAMHSA, 2014).

You may be wondering what has enticed me to disclose my personal experience and I feel obliged to do so. To start, you should know that diagnosing a person with dual disorders is often elusive due to the intricacy and the severity of different symptoms one may be exposed to.  more

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