The Dual Diagnosis treatment program at Triumph Recovery is designed for individuals who have both mental illness and a substance abuse problem. Dual diagnosis often develops during the withdrawal period or due to drug addiction and may range from very mild depression to severe bipolar disorders.

A common issue with dual diagnosis or co-occurring issues is the difficulty of identifying whether the mental illness was caused by substance abuse or whether the addiction originated from the mental illness. In both cases, however, it is crucial to treat co-occurring psychological disorders along with the addiction. Individuals who undergo both treatments simultaneously are more likely to overcome their addiction, manage symptoms and start living healthier, happier lives.

As industry leaders in drug detox and rehab, at Triumph Recovery we offer dual diagnosis treatment programs to our clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Unlike other treatment centers, in our institution, dual diagnosis treatment is incorporated into our client’s individual recovery program from day one. Our highly qualified and well trained medical personnel will not just develop a detox plan for your case but also identify all of the co-occurring medical problems to incorporate into a treatment plan for your rehab needs. Over the past few years Dual Diagnosis has become a buzzword, resulting in a number of controversial theories and viewpoints, particularly when it comes to treatment. However, there is one thing they all agree on; the importance of dual diagnosis treatment is not over-exaggerated. Individuals who have trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental disorders are more likely to relapse after treatment.

It is estimated that about 17.5 million Americans over the age of 18 (or 8 percent of the adult population) had a serious mental health disorder in the past year. Of these, about 4 million people also struggled with a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependency.

What comes first substance abuse or mental health?

In a dual diagnosis, both the mental health problems and substance abuse can get in the way of the individual’s ability to handle life. Furthermore, co-occurring disorders also have an effect on each other, meaning, when a mental health problem is left untreated during the recovery process it could worsen the addiction and result in relapses. Because of this relationship between substance abuse and mental health it is hard to identify which came first in patients struggling with both issues.

Individuals who have mental health problems, such as depression, may turn to alcohol or drugs to ease the depression symptoms. In most cases those who use substances like these to overcome mental health problems, end up developing an addiction or dependence. As a result, they worsen the initial symptoms they were trying to treat.

Substance abuse may increase the underlying mental problems as well. Mental disorders are caused by the environment you live in, genetics that you inherited, and various other factors. In some cases substance abuse may worsen the situation of those mental problems, resulting in dreadful consequences.

Thus, it is hard to say whether mental health problems are the cause of substance abuse or vice versa. Each person’s case is different and is treated as such at Triumph Recovery.

Common Dual Diagnosis Symptoms

Patients diagnosed with dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders may experience mental health problems and substance abuse simultaneously. As a result, there are many combinations of disorders individuals face and thus many symptoms to identify and treat.

Some of the dual diagnosis symptoms patients who are suffering from both mental health disorders and substance abuse include:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family.
  • Changes in behavior previously not common
  • Substance intake during dangerous situations
  • Major changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Loss of energy, constant exhaustion

A Deeper Look at the Residential Program


At Triumph Recovery we start dual diagnosis treatment with detoxification. During the first week, we constantly monitor the individual’s mental and physical situation and carry out necessary changes in their rehab program.

Hint: Inpatient residential detox is highly effective in dual diagnosis cases because the individual is taken out of the addictive environment and placed in a facility with people going through similar struggles trying to overcome their addiction.


We understand that there are cases when natural detox cannot help, therefore, we offer our clients medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and promote recovery. Apart from this, medications are used to combat and treat various mental illnesses.

Hint: Depending on the nature of the individual’s mental health disorder, different medications may play a crucial role in the recovery process.


Dual diagnosis treatment at Triumph Recovery almost always incorporates Psychotherapy. During meetings our professional therapists introduce the patients to their illness, educate them on the roots of the mental disorders and help them overcome the co-occurring symptoms.

To learn more about Triumph Recovery Detox Programs and Treatments or to receive assistance in determining the relevant detox program or treatment for you or your loved one, contact us now. Our professional team is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to help you or a loved one overcome addiction and start a new life free from drugs and alcohol:

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