To treat co-occurring disorders, a mental health professional must give you a dual diagnosis. Even though a substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorder are two separate diagnoses, treating them simultaneously typically produces the best results. After receiving a mental health diagnosis, your treatment team will develop a customized treatment plan aligning with your needs.
During dual diagnosis treatment, you’ll attend various therapies that address your substance abuse and mental health issues. The goal is to adopt healthier coping skills to replace drug or alcohol use for managing mental health symptoms. How often you attend therapy will depend on the treatment program you’re enrolled in.