Dual diagnosis describes a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, co-occurring with a substance use disorder. This involves determining a teen’s substance use is problematic, excessive and/or compulsive and chronic. At Visions Treatment Centers, our teen dual diagnosis treatment centers use a holistic approach to address all aspects of 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 or alcohol. But dual diagnosis refers explicitly to cases of a diagnosis of mental disorder and a substance use disorder, which describes a problem with drug use, misuse or abuse, including signs of compulsive use, withdrawal, and substance related behavioral issues.