What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

Pathfinders Recovery Center is an Arizona State licensed facility that treats individuals who suffer from substance abuse or alcoholism, as well as dual diagnosis and other co-occuring mental health illnesses. Pathfinders provides detox services, residential substance abuse treatment, IOP services, after-care options, individual and group therapy, as well as different behavioral  treatment modalities.   Pathfinders offers a full continuum of specialized care and treatment, and our caring, dedicated and professional team is here to help our clients learn and grow in recovery in a safe environment; every step of the path!

Dual diagnosis is a term used to define when an individual suffers from a mental health disorder such as depression, bipolar or obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as suffering from alcoholism or substance abuse. Up until the late 1990’s many people who sought treatment for substance abuse often did not receive the appropriate mental health counseling, and vice versa. Over the past two decades researchers have found how important it is to treat people with co-occurring disorders using different treatment modalities. Pathfinders Recovery Center is fully licensed to treat clients with a dual diagnosis through trauma therapy, Somatic Experience, CBT, DBT and other commonly used treatment modalities.

Symptoms Of Dual Diagnosis


Addicts and alcoholics who suffer from a co-occurring mental disorder can often show symptoms when their life begins to get out of control. Some individuals may be more prone to show signs of anger, whereas others may be more depressed. In almost all cases there are several similarities. Here are some common signs that you or someone you love may suffer from dual diagnosis:

  • Acting irritable or angry frequently
  • Struggling to keep up with work or school
  • Frequent worry or anxiety
  • Showing signs of guilt, engaging in compulsive behavior
  • Lying or stealing from family or friends to support addictive habits
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide, suicidal ideation
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • Overly emotional, frequent crying
  • Feeling like nothing will ever turn out right

Treatment Options for Dual Diagnosis


The first step to diagnosing an addict or alcoholic with dual diagnosis is to speak to a professional therapist. Pathfinders Recovery Center’s highly trained team of skilled professionals is fully qualified to treat clients with co-occurring disorders. Our beautiful dual-diagnosis treatment facility in Scottsdale, AZ provides a safe and caring environment for our clients to work on their core issues.

At Pathfinders we combine different treatment styles such as trauma therapy, group therapy, individual therapy as well as 12 Step based groups to help residents re-adjust to the world around them as they recover and grow in sobriety. Individuals who have gone through severe trauma may require more individualized treatment goals, which is why we deal with every person on an individual basis.

Treatment for dual diagnosis can take time, which is why Pathfinders Recovery Center offers a 30, 60, 90 & 120 day tracks. Clients will be taken to and from 12 Step meetings and also participate in service work, outdoor activities and other events that help clients readjust to regular, everyday life.

How Do I Get Into Treatment?

The first step to successful long term recovery is to reach out, which is why our caring and friendly staff is always ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have.

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