In the mental health field, if an individual has co-occurring disorders, often referred to as dual diagnoses, that means they have been diagnosed with both a mental health and substance use disorder. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH), approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014, which can be difficult to diagnose due to a complexity of symptoms and their severity. Individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders may be best served by integrated treatment as health care professionals can address both disorders simultaneously.
1 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2016). Co-occurring disorders. Rockville, MD; SAMHSA. published online and accessed January 16, 2018 at SAMHSA.gov.
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