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Unlike many other Drug abuse remedy places, we offer varied care from review to mediation to day to boarding. In addition to dual diagnosis, New Beginnings offers Alcohol, drug, and stimulant treatment, such as meth treatment. Call today for more information at 1-800-487-8758.


The term co-occurring disorder refers to a person who has at least one mental illness and a drug use disorder at the same time. This condition may also be referred to as dual diagnosis, dual disorder, concurrent disorder, or co-morbid disorder. Some examples include a diagnosis of major depression along with a cocaine addiction or an alcohol addiction along with a panic disorder. A person may also have more than two issues present at the same time. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that in 2006 there were 5.6 million adults aged 18 or older with co-occurring disorders. Of that number, only 8.4 percent received treatment for both problems, while 49.2 percent obtained no remedies (SAMHSA, 2007).


According to the fact sheet “Co-occurring Disorders in Adults,” it can be hard to see when a mentally ill family member or friend has another disorder due to drug abuse because the symptoms of each problem may overlap each other. The following signs, however, may indicate a substance abuse issue.

Has another disorder due to drug abuse
• Suddenly having money problems
• Appearance of new friends
• Valuables disappearing from the house
• Drug paraphernalia in the house
• Long periods of time in the bathroom
• Dilated or pinpointed eyes
• Needle marks (Missouri, n.d.)


While every case is highly individualized, the co-occurring fact sheet points out a few reasons why people may develop co-occurring disorders. For example, it’s not unusual for someone who is suffering from a psychological ailment to turn to drugs or alcohol to help them deal with their illness. This is a form of self-medication, and it can quickly spiral out of control leading to substance abuse. This process can also work in reverse. A person who is abusing drugs may begin to experience depression, anxiety, or other signs of mental illness that are exacerbated by the drug use (Missouri).

The NIDA InfoFacts fact sheet, Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders also states that genetics may contribute to a person developing a twofold malady, as may environmental triggers such as stress, trauma, and early exposure to drugs (NIDA, March 2011).

Be assured that we have the resources for dual diagnosis treatment and treatment for other addictions such as meth addiction and drug addiction at our Minnesota facilities. We also offer alcohol recovery programs. Our professional, expert staff will equip our occupants and their loved ones with the tools they need to recover from a co-occurring disorder or other addiction. Keep in mind that we have gender-separated boarding rehabilitation courses, which allows us to tailor our programs by taking into account gender differences. We can be reached at 1-800-487-8758. We can be paid through your insurance or funding.


Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. (n.d.). CoOccurringadults.pdf. In Google Docs. Retrieved May 1, 2012, from https://docs. http://dmh.mo.gov/docs/mentalillness/CoOccurringadults.pdf.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). (March 2011). InfoFacts: Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders. In National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved May 2, 2012, from http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/comorbidity.pdf.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2007). Results from the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-32, DHHS Publication No. SMA 07-4293). Rockville, MD. http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/nsduh/2k6nsduh/2k6Results.cfm#Fig8-1.