Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience. However, research shows that alcohol and other drugs worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.
We have set up a new web page NAMI-DAC.ORG under the tab Other Information. This is where you’ll find articles, personal stories, and videos but we’ve also added two pages: 1) Mental Illnesses, and 2) Addiction Information.
We collaborate with a number of organizations concerned with mental health issues and now we’re working with REHAB.HELP.ORG in order to provide you with information that is helpful in managing mental health conditions.