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You’ve Been Dually Diagnosed. Now What?

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I have bipolar disorder. I am a recovering alcoholic. In other words, I am “dually diagnosed.” You are dually diagnosed when you experience a mood disorder or mental health condition in tandem with a substance use disorder.

It’s a topic that rarely sees the light of day in the canon of either psychological or layman’s literature. It also barely gets talked about and is almost completely overlooked in Alcoholics Anonymous circles.

Dual diagnosis is complicated, but very real. It is a very serious problem, one that affects as much as 50% of the 5.7 million people in the U.S.

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