Dual Diagnosis (co-occurring disorders)

   Dual diagnosis is the term used to describe a person’s experience with mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve mental health symptoms. However, alcohol and other drugs may worsen the symptoms of mental illness. Durango Recovery Center provides psychiatric care for clients needing diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.


Dual diagnosis recovery and treatment blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Clients who meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorder, etc., and who also struggle with an addictive disorder, may be classified as a dual diagnosis client upon entering treatment at Durango Recovery Center. Effective treatment for a dual diagnosis involves considering both the nature of the addiction and mental illness as clients move through the recovery process. 


Our highly trained and dedicated team of medical and mental health professionals at Durango Recovery Center are committed to: 

  • Assessing clients for mental health disorders and other presenting issues early in the recovery process so that treatment can begin promptly
  • Professionals also commit to reassessing presenting issues as treatment progresses and tailoring interventions to client needs
  • Treating all clients with dignity and respect, especially in the midst of mental health crisis or addiction
  • Providing a client-centered, supportive approach to therapy that reinforces self-esteem and builds self-confidence over aggressive, confrontational, or other coercive methods
  • Developing an inclusive and individualized treatment plan that also includes important family members or partners where appropriate and supportive of the client
  • Aligning and coordinating treatment of mental health issues and substance use disorders utilizing evidence based practice
  • Acknowledging the importance of psychotherapeutic medications, such as antidepressants, in the treatment of co-occurring disorders
  • Addressing both mental illness and opioid addiction as chronic, relapsing conditions that require long-term support and holistic life change