What is Dual Diagnosis?

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

At PRC emphasis is laid on addiction being treated as a mental disorder. That being said, we cannot ignore that co-occurring disorders are a very real component for some and need to be treated accordingly.


Studies done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that dual-diagnosis affects as much as 45% of people diagnosed with substance abuse disorders in the US. It is important that we offer an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected mental issues.


What is dual-diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders refers to the substance abuse disorder not being the only illness presented. Other mood or psychiatric disorders are also diagnosed and may include the following:

  • Panic Disorders

  • Depression

  • Bipolar

  • Schizophrenia

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Eating Disorders

How we treat dual-diagnosis.

  1. Psychological and medical assessment by our consulting doctor to screen for possible barriers.

  2. Intake Assessments with a life history questionnaire done at admission to identify possible previous diagnosis and challenges faced by the client to determine goals for the individualised treatment plan.

  3. Daily inventory is done by the client to establish thinking and behavioural patterns or monitor progress in key areas.

  4. A mood journal is also introduced for clients that struggle to identify their emotions or to help them see reoccurring patterns. It is also used to monitor adverse effects of medication and prompt the registered counsellor for undiagnosed illnesses.

  5. Refer positive screenings to our consulting clinical psychologist and consulting psychiatrist for confirmation of screening and possible therapeutic and medicinal intervention.

  6. Personality typing and strength survey conducted by our registered counsellor to help the case management team and the client for effective one-on-one counselling.

  7. Integrated treatment plan addressing both disorders as interconnected mental issues.

  8. Group therapy sessions and one-on-one counselling sessions using evidence-based therapy to teach coping skills and strategies as well as education on the disorders.

  9. Physical and nutritional program to promote healthier lifestyles.

  10. Aftercare planning to take into consideration any barriers and relapse prevention.

  11. Strategies for effective measures in the case of a relapse.

Our treatment philosophy.

  • Evidence-based therapy done by our registered counsellor. Therapy includes CBT, DBT, Gestalt Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.

  • 12 Step Recovery program allowing for mental and transformative practices and tools.

  • Feedback Informed Therapy. Addiction is a family disease and progress and challenges are not only dealt with between client and staff but family participation is vital.

Our program.

  • Professional personalised treatment aligning the goals with the client’s desired outcome, followed by measurable, time-sensitive steps towards achieving them.

  • Holistic recovery approach looking at physical healing, mental health, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values.

  • Therapeutic community therapy where peer recovery becomes a foundation in their new lives.

  • Group and family therapy.

  • Aftercare services and support.

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