Dual diagnosis treatment is the treatment of both addiction and/or alcoholism on the one hand, as well as a separate mental health disorder on the other hand. Addicts and alcoholics can suffer from any one of these disorders, and treating them is just as vital as treating addiction itself.

Addiction Recovery Network believes that co-occurring disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders must be treated in conjunction with the addiction. Our treatment for co-occurring disorders provides a different approach to the addiction recovery by tailoring our treatment program to the individual and the disorder they are suffering from.
If you suffer from mental health and substance abuse you are not alone. Approximately 50% of individuals with mental health disorders also suffer from substance abuse. Many times individuals who have mental health illness will use drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate. That’s why we tailor our dual diagnosis treatment programs to the individual and provide education during the treatment. By educating the individual on their disorder, it will help them understand why they think or feel a certain way and help prevent relapse. Our goal is simple here, we don’t succeed until each individual is addiction free.

Dual diagnosis, sometimes called “co-occurring disorders” or “comorbidity,” is a crucial part of any addiction treatment program. Likewise, about 1 in every 4 addicts or alcoholics is said to experience clinical depression, anxiety, or another mental health issue.

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Co-occurring disorders can be any mental or behavioral disease, but they are most often the following:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders
    • Trauma/PTSD
    • Borderline Personality Disorder

When addiction and mental health are both diagnosed in an individual, it is known as dual diagnosis. Addiction Recovery Network specializes in treating individuals who have been diagnosed with addiction and mental health by providing clinicians and therapists, who are experienced in dual diagnosis treatment.

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The occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders is demonstrated to make recovery much harder for those in addiction treatment. Many addicts use drugs and alcohol to “self-medicate” their conditions. If these conditions go untreated during the course of their sobriety, they often relapse to cope with them. For example, a depressed alcoholic is liable to go back to drinking unless their depression is dealt with.

Because mental health and addiction are so intertwined, is crucial that they be treated equally and at the same time. Quality dual diagnosis treatment will balance traditional addiction treatment with medication, life coaching, and therapeutical services that are specifically tailored to the addict’s mental health issues.

Our Fentanyl Treatment Process
    • Detoxification Support
    • Individual Therapy Sessions with a Dedicated Therapist
    • Educational Programs for Mental Health and Stress Management
    • Ongoing Medical and Clinical Support
    • Relapse Prevention
    • Trauma Informed Care Sessions
Next Steps – How to Proceed

One of the difficulties in treating dual diagnosis addicts is recognizing whether their conditions were pre-existing (before drugs and alcohol) or whether addiction induced them. Using substances can certainly lead to symptoms that resemble mental illness. For example:

    • Using cocaine causes feelings of grandiosity, which may resemble a manic episode from bipolar disorder
    • Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety disorders, and withdrawal is known to induce panic attacks as well as feelings of anxiety
    • Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, and long-term use leads to chronic depression

Depending on the substance, it may be difficult to discern the cause and effect relation between drugs and mental health. Many treatment centers will wait until after detox — or even weeks into residential treatment — until treating symptoms of other mental health conditions.


There is a rising epidemic and very serious concern regarding Fentanyl and the increase in deaths associated with it.

To see the full Global News article, click here or on the image.

And some more articles for you to read.  Knowledge is the first step in recognizing and dealing with the critical issue:

Washington Post article

The Guardian article

The Star article

CBC article

Global News article and political view.

No matter were you look, this epidemic is of global concern and you or your loved one may be affected in one way or another.   At the Addiction Recovery Network we have already assessed and development proprietary treatment methods.  We want to save lives, and are proactive in hoping that public awareness and concern prove as an effective preventative step.

If you or a loved one are facing a problem caused by fentanyl, please call us toll-free.  One of our councilors will be happy to guide you to a safe recovery.