Dual Diagnosis


Definition in this case is: "A serious mental illness that co-exists with drug and alcohol abuse" or "co-morbidity".

We at RECOVERY RESOURCES see many people with severe mental health problems who also have co-existing drug and alcohol abuse. These people are particularly vulnerable as neither the mental health services nor the drug and alcohol services are keen to treat them. These are the people who most often end up in poverty and on the streets. They are often sadly left to their own devices as it appears that our medical profession has little means to offer an effective solution other than to treat them with anti-psychotic medication in an attempt to relieve the most appalling symptoms. This often creates even more symptoms (side effects) that are as uncomfortable for the individual as the first set of symptoms.

The good news is that there is new thinking in the treatment of this type of dual diagnosis. Our founder has completed 18 months of research into existing treatment in the UK and into the recently developed highly successful integrated treatment model in the USA for co-morbidity with addiction to chemicals and severe mental illness. Whilst RECOVERY RESOURCES does not actually treat this population we identify and refer such clients on to our medical associates for a second assessment and can place clients in appropriate treatment sometimes other countries.

The people we typically encounter have:

  • Co-existing drug and alcohol dependence and schizophrenia.
  • Co-existing drug and alcohol dependence and bi-polar disease.
  • Co-existing drug and alcohol dependence and severe depression – manic and clinical.