In recovery communities and treatment centers substance use is commonly referred to as a symptom of underlying issues. Many people who meet criteria for a substance use disorder can also experience symptoms of mood, thought, personality, eating, and trauma/stress related disorders.
According to a research study in 2012, about half of all persons who seek treatment for dual diagnosis meet the psychiatric criteria for PTSD. People with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders are diagnosed with PTSD five times more often than the rest of the population. At Boardwalk Recovery Center Dual Diagnosis San Diego treatment , we screen and assess for these disorders in order to provide individualized care and referrals to address the whole person.