The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | By JP Emerald Coast

When a patient walks through our doors at JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we know there is more to their story than the substance abuse that has led them here. There is a person that needs to be healed, rejuvenated and rediscovered. Statistics show that they’ve most likely experienced some type of trauma or they are struggling with a mental health disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, that made them more susceptible to substance abuse.

A 2014 report issued by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed an estimates 7.9 million people have a Dual Diagnosis, meaning in addition to abusing drugs or alcohol, they are also coping with mental health issues. Sadly, the report also concluded that only seven percent of people with co-occurring disorders are treated for both.

The study also concluded: Among adults aged 18 or older in 2014 with past year SUDs (substance use disorders), the percentage of adults who had co-occurring AMI (mental illness) in the past year was highest among those aged 26 to 49 (42.7 percent) than among those aged 18 to 25 (36.0 percent) or those aged 50 or older (35.6 percent).

Treating co-occurring disorders simultaneously is imperative for long-term success in recovery. Research has indicated stabilizing both the substance abuse and mental health issues helps reduce overall relapse rates.

At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, patients in residential treatment are assigned to a primary care physician and psychiatrist. Our clinical teams are a combination of recovery coaches that delve into the 12 steps and social workers that understand mental health. Our highly-trained, compassionate clinicians provide individual plans to meet each patient’s needs.

The beautiful setting at JourenyPure Emerald Coast provides a peaceful backdrop for the recovery process. A holistic approach, utilizing a number experiential therapies, including equine and songwriting therapies, are designed to reduce patient stress and connect to their inner-self and others in a healthy, positive way. And one year of continued support at each patient’s fingertips utilizing a digital continuing care plan through the JoureyPure Coaching App is the final piece to ensure a smooth transition and successful recovery. It’s truly a healing process for the mind, body and spirit.

Contact us today if you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse. Our team of experts are here to help.


NIDA (2011). Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from

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