Dual Diagnosis Recovery:
People with co-occurring disorders can recover from addiction, but addiction treatment generally takes a little bit longer and needs to be a little more intensive. For best results, treatment must address substance abuse and mental health issues concurrently.
Although most evidence based programs of addiction treatment respect the use of medications when appropriate, some philosophies of care and/or treatment programs do not. However, because medications for mental illness symptoms control are so necessary and because symptomatic mental illness greatly hampers addiction recovery, people with co-occurring disorders should not consider any treatment program that does not allow/encourage medicated treatment when appropriate.
Because the abuse of many drugs can induce symptoms that mimic those of mental illness (cocaine psychosis, for example), it can be difficult to accurately diagnose a co-occurring disorder patient until after the detox process is well completed.