How Prevalent are Dual Diagnoses, REALLY?

How Prevalent are Dual Diagnoses, REALLY?

The market need for dual diagnosed services is staggering. As confirmed by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA):

  • ¬†Half of all people with mental disorders are ALSO addicted to/dependent upon alcohol or drugs (53% of all drug addicts and 37% of all alcoholics ALSO have a psychiatric disorder)
  • A huge majority of addicts/alcoholics of both sexes experienced symptoms of anxiety before they abused substances – 70% of males and 80% of females
  • Teenagers diagnosed with anxiety have a risk of addiction 3.5 times higher than the general population
  • Similarly, 53% of females and 43% of male addicts/alcoholics experienced depression before they abused substances
  • Non-abstinent depressed patients with comorbid addiction will relapse into depression twice as often as those who abstain
  • Just over half of all male PTSD patients will abuse alcohol, and over a third will abuse drugs
  • Female PTSD patients have alcohol and drug abuse rates of 28% and 27%
  • 47% of schizophrenia patients have a co-occurring substance abuse disorders, which is a rate that is 4.5X HIGHER than that of people without the condition
  • HALF of all borderline personality disorder patients have a lifetime risk of alcohol abuse, while 38% will suffer from drug dependency
  • Finally, 12% of individuals with a dual diagnosis will receive proper care for both conditions

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