In the United States, approximately 23.5 million people struggle with substance abuse issues and addiction. That’s about one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12. At the same time, almost 43.8 million Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. Falling in between these two categories—people who suffer from a substance abuse issue and a mental illness—are about 7.9 million U.S. citizens who have what’s called “Dual Diagnosis,” or “Co-Occurring Disorders.”
If you suffer from a mood disorder as well as a drug or alcohol addiction, it is critical that you partake in an integrated treatment program that addresses both these issues.