Addiction is both a physical and a psychological disease. What that means, in the most practical sense, is that addiction treatment has to promote both physical and psychological healing. That’s why Dual diagnosis is that process by which an addict’s mental and emotional well-being is assessed in conjunction with his physical drug dependency. In the end, there’s simply no other way for drug and alcohol rehab to go forward.
Successful rehabilitation must be holistic in scope. There are no partial victories in a rehab center. If you’re going to get better, you’re going to have to get all-the-way better, in body as well as in mind, in spirit as well as in substance. Dual diagnosis is an essential part of that process. Rehab facilities that offer it to their patients really can help them get sober. Those that don’t, can’t. Please, for your own sake, don’t force yourself to learn that lesson the hard way.