Dual diagnosis is something that affects so many people. Dual diagnosis refers to a person that has a drug and/or alcohol addiction that also has a mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder, depression, and more. I am a recovering drug and alcohol addict. In 2004 I got help; I went to a year-long treatment center that treated both my addiction and my bipolar disorder, and it completely turned my life around. I am now 12 years sober and proud of it. I’m not sure if I’m still considered dual diagnosis since I’ve been sober. I know the addiction never goes away.

Mental health disorders often lead to individuals abusing drugs and/or alcohol. It’s considered self-medicating. Someone may use drugs and/or alcohol to help make themselves feel better, which it may for a very short period of time. However, the euphoria only lasts a short while before the horrible despair sets in. I did this to myself for years before getting help. The causes of my PTSD are from the times that I was actively in my addiction.

 

11 thoughts on “Dual Diagnosis

  1. I do that to myself now even though I know I shouldn’t. When I have really bad days which there seems to be a lot of them, I do find myself drinking just to escape.

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  2. I have 11 years of sobriety this month in fact. Congrats on 12 years! It’s hard, but well worth it. I do find myself looking back often and seeing the “fun” of it all thought thinking about the misery of it all. It’s really hard some days.

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