A dual diagnosis treatment program is one that treats both the addiction and any co-occurring disorders. These treatments can occur either at the same time or one after the other. One of the first true breakthroughs in addiction treatment was the realization that addiction is often the result of someone trying to cope with a major underlying issue – such as physical or psychological trauma. Once treatment specialists identified the connection, it became clear that those struggling with addiction would continue to cycle through treatment and relapse until the focus of recovery expanded to address those untreated issues as well.
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