Dual diagnosis describes a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, co-occurring with a substance use disorder. This involves determining that a teen’s drug and/or alcohol use is compulsive and chronic. At Visions, our dual diagnosis treatment centers use a holistic approach to address all aspects of teens’ substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Substance use can exacerbate mental disorders, and teens with a history of mental health issues are more susceptible to using drugs. But dual diagnosis refers explicitly to cases of a diagnosis of mental disorder and a substance use disorder, which describes a severe problem with drug use, including signs of compulsive use, withdrawal, and substance use-related behavioral issues.