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What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Also referred to as co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis occurs when a person has both an alcohol addiction or drug addiction and a mental health disorder.

In many cases, the psychiatric problem develops first, and in an attempt to feel better, a person with mental health issues may use alcohol or drugs as a crutch for what doctors call, “self medication.” Alternatively, a person whose chemical dependency problem has become severe may develop symptoms of a psychiatric disorder: perhaps episodes of depression, fits of rage, hallucinations or suicide attempts.

Our treatment programs help identify these issues while our mental health professionals help our patients to understand why they’re feeling the way they feel. For example, is a patient drinking because he is depressed or depressed because of his drinking?


Fort Lauderdale Hospital is licensed and accredited by the following:

  • State of Florida
  • Certified by Broward County
  • “The Joint Commission” or TJC

We accept Medicare and most other private insurances and have reasonable self-pay rates. For more information call 800-585-7527.


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