Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health & Addiction
The presence of a psychiatric ailment along with Addiction to Alcohol and Drugs is termed as Dual Diagnosis.
A person under the influence of a substance behaves many times in such a manner that it seems as though he is suffering from a psychiatric illnesses like bipolar disorder or psychosis. Several times during withdrawals the hallucinations and delusions might make it even seem so. Many a person addicted to substances have been misdiagnosed as manic depressive or bipolar or psychotic or schizophrenic. They have been put on psychiatric medications too. As addictive nature goes some of them consume the medications along with their substance of choice thereby eventually getting addicted to the prescribed medication as well.
Mood disorders and alcohol/drug problems are both treatable illnesses. They are not moral weaknesses or character flaws. They can affect anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity or economic background. Studies have shown that more than half of the people who have depression or bipolar disorder also use alcohol and/or drugs.