“Dual-diagnosis” or “co-occurring disorder” is the term applied when someone has a psychological, psychiatric, or behavioral disorder and a drug or alcohol addiction. If you suffer from clinical depression, bi-polar disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and are addicted to prescription medicine, alcohol, heroin, marijuana, or cocaine, you are someone with a dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.
Having a psychiatric or behavioral disorder increases your odds of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. For many, drug addiction develops when individuals attempt to self-medicate using drugs or alcohol in an effort to try and cope with the immense difficulties psychiatric disorders impose. Chances are your psychiatric disorder coupled with your addiction is making both challenges seem even more insurmountable.