Posted by drmaradmin at February 11th, 2014
Dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders) is the condition of suffering from a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. The concept can be used broadly, for example depression and alcoholism, or it can be restricted to specify severe mental illness and substance misuse disorder.
Dual diagnosis services are treatments for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders. Research has strongly indicated that to recover fully, a consumer with co-occurring disorder needs treatment for both problems – focusing on one does not ensure the other will go away. Dr. Melissa Richman’s dual diagnosis services integrate assistance for each condition, helping people recover from both in one setting, at the same time.
Dual diagnosis services include different types of assistance that go beyond standard therapy or medication: assertive outreach, job and housing assistance, family counseling, even money and relationship management. The personalized treatment by Dr. Richman is viewed as long-term and can be begun at whatever stage of recovery the client is in. Positivity, hope and optimism are at the foundation of integrated treatment.