Dual Diagnosis describes clients with a substance use disorder and who have a mental illness; it can also be called a co-morbidity or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder. Some individuals with mental illness will turn to substance abuse to cope with their symptoms. For some, drinking alcohol may cause a feeling of euphoria, and for others suffering from depression, it may increase their depression and rev up their anxiety. People might use marijuana as a relaxant, but for those with schizophrenia, it could make their condition worse. If you are struggling with a mental health disorder, substance abuse disorder, or a combination of both, it is imperative to get the proper treatment immediately. Severe consequences of suffering from co-occurring disorders can occur not only for the individual but also for their families and those they interact with regularly. At Avatar Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, we feel integrated intervention is the best approach. Treatment will vary depending on your symptoms, but our qualified staff will evaluate your condition and design a unique treatment plan that will assist you in treating both disorders concurrently.