You were struggling through the most difficult battle of your life. You couldn’t handle it on your own, so you sought help. Now the doctor tells you that you actually have two problems to battle instead of one.
Is this normal?
Actually, yes, it is. It’s quite common for those with either mental illness, substance abuse, or another addiction to develop a secondary mental health condition with it.
Will this make recovery harder?
It will in some ways, but in more ways, it makes things easier. Not all facilities are equipped to deal with dual diagnosis. But this only narrows your recovery options, allowing you to find proper and effective treatment more easily.
As in all cases, you’d never receive the treatment you need without the proper diagnosis. In a way, your dual diagnosis is good news: it’s another big step toward recovery.
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