There is a strong correlation between physical and mental health conditions and addiction or substance abuse. People who are suffering from a condition like depression, PTSD or anxiety, and also abusing substances are known as dual-diagnosis. Due to the alarming rise in the number of people dependent on or addicted to prescription drugs, people with substance abuse are increasingly suffering a co-existing physical health condition. The term co-occurring disorder is used in reference to the mental illness that contributes to the development of addiction or the mental health disorder that developed as a result of an addiction or substance abuse.

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Why Do Many People Suffer From Both Addiction and Mental Illness?

Co-Occurring Disorders

There are two main reasons a person becomes dual-diagnosis:

  • They started using drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental illness
  • They developed the symptoms of mental illness as a consequence of substance abuse

In both cases, specialist dual-diagnosis treatment is required. This specialist treatment deals with both mental health conditions separately while at the same time. This is important in the majority of dual-diagnosis cases; the two health conditions feed off each other unless treatment is sought.

Mental health problems are very common among people with addiction issues and they both require treatment in order to achieve a healthy and fulfilling recovery. The purpose of rehab is to prepare people for their daily lives after completing a program and so it is vital that all associated health issues are dealt with. For example, there is little point in treating a person’s addiction without dealing with their depression as it will continue to drive substance abuse in the future.

It is always important to bear in mind that if you suffer from a mental illness, you are not alone. Residential or inpatient rehab introduces you to a community of people who completely understand your problems. Many other clients in rehab will share similar experiences to yours and group therapy is an invaluable aspect of rehab that continues to support you in recovery.

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Types of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Although there are many different types of treatment that can be used for mental health recovery, there is no one treatment that will work for everybody. Oftentimes, individuals can choose the treatment or combination of several treatments that will work best for them. Capo Canyon Recovery, your premier dual diagnosis treatment center in Southern California, offers a mix of treatment modalities throughout several levels of care that is tailored to each individual’s needs. Here are some of the different aspects of care offered through the dual diagnosis program here at Capo Canyon:


Otherwise known as “talking therapy,” psychological therapy involves talking about your thoughts with a professional if order to help you recognize and better understand your mental state. Psychotherapy is intended to aid in reducing your symptoms, changing your thinking or behavior, and ultimately improving your quality of life. Types of psychological therapy offered at Capo Canyon include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, family behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.


Taking a holistic approach to mental health means finding one’s optimal health and wellness by focusing on the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions – and not just the disorder. Holistic treatment is intended to fix the root cause, not just the symptoms, by gaining a sense of balance in life.

Medication Based

Along with psychotherapy, medication can play a key role in treating different mental disorders and conditions. The right treatment plan is typically based on a person’s needs and medical situation and is overseen by a mental health professional.


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At Capo Canyon Recovery, we are committed to helping each client find the healing and support they need to overcome their substance use disorder. We offer both drug and alcohol detox programs, as well as residential treatment options for substance use disorders, such as:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Opioid addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Methamphetamine addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Benzodiazepine addiction
  • OxyContin addiction
  • Xanax addiction
  • Vicodin addiction
  • Amphetamine addiction
  • Marijuana Addiction

For more information about the treatment options available, please reach out to the team at Capo Canyon Recovery today at 833.972.2330.