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Dual Diagnosis

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Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders)is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience. However, research shows that alcohol and other drugs worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.

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A significant segment of those with serious mental illness engage in substance abuse.  Usually, this is triggered by attempts to  self-medicate with marijuana, alcohol, opiates, and other controlled substances.  Unfortunately, self-medication can grossly interfere with mental illness treatment and recovery.  If you, or someone you care for, has or is developing a substance abuse problem, please review the information that is linked here to find out about county programs and eligibility.  Click here for LAC Substance Abuse Treatment Services Flyer (.pdf)

“The best way to find out if you need alcohol or drug treatment services is to call the toll-free Substance Abuse Service Helpline or SASH at 1-844-804-7500.”

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Additional Substance Abuse Resources

  • Alcohol Hotline
    (800) 331-2900
  • Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
    (800) 344-2666
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline
    (800) 821-4357
  • Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline
    (800) 252-6465
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline
    (800) 729-6686
  • Families Anonymous
    (800) 736-9805
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline
    (800) 622-2255
  • Poison Control
    (800) 222-1222
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
    (800) 662-4357
  • Cocaine Anonymous
    (800) 347-8998
  • National Help Line for Substance Abuse
    (800) 262-2463




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