What Is the Difference Between Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 8% of the United States’ adult population has a mental health disorder. If you look at half of those people, they also live with a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) or addictive behavior.

Only 16% of those 4 million individuals have sought treatment. On the one hand, you might say that any help is better for a person than going without help. Still, on the other hand, if each of the illnesses included i…

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