Originally Posted by MindfulMan
In a dual diagnosis, it's crucial to work with both the substance disorder and the mental health diagnosis.
I've been dual diagnosed and been around the mental health block quite a few times. I respectfully disagree that addressing these issues concurrently
is effective. Medications that can effectively treat many mental illnesses just don't work the same with alcohol or other drugs. I mean that's just a fact. They can work very effectively otherwise. Many psychiatrists won't treat patients for mental illness unless they are abstinent. With good reason! They are prescribing meds that could have some seriously negative reactions when used with alcohol. Others will treat though...just going by a patient's promise that " I def will not drink while taking those benzos" (those were my favorite docs! I never went to the others who insisted on abstinence).