Dual Diagnosis Recovery in Arizona

In 2015, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded a study on co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders and discovered that nearly 23 million US citizens suffer from the comorbidity of these disorders, otherwise known as dual diagnosis. Yet, only a fraction of those struggling ever seek treatment for it. 

Neglecting to get help for a dual diagnosis can be detrimental to a person’s quality of life; co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues have a vicious tendency to worsen each other. For example, an individual suffering from severe depression may try to escape from their symptoms through the sedative effects of alcohol, which can lead to addiction and worsen their original depression. Conversely, a person with a pre-existing alcohol addiction may feel powerless to stop drinking and fall into a deep depression as a result. 

Still, many rehab and mental health facilities try to treat mental health and substance abuse separately, not recognizing that a person cannot fully heal until both conditions are properly resolved. Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center understands the connection of these destructive co-occurring issues and the complexities of a dual diagnosis. Our world-class staff is on a mission to effectively treat dual diagnosis patients in Arizona and to help people all over Scottsdale and Prescott, AZ, live fuller, happier lives.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Recovery Center?

A dual diagnosis and recovery center in Arizona is a place of healing where those with comorbid disorders can come for treatment of both issues at the same time. Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center is an excellent place to turn when an Arizona rehabilitation center isn’t fully addressing the mental health component of your drug or alcohol abuse problem. We offer effective and fully integrated multi-modal therapy for treating anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and depression in conjunction with alcohol or drug abuse.

Advantages of Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Arizona

Our Arizona dual diagnosis treatment center accepts patients at any stage of addiction with any co-occurring mental disorder. We develop a customized therapeutic approach and treatment plan based on your unique needs. Unlike rehab staff, who are not as extensively involved in your healing journey, our professionals take the time to track and adjust your custom program throughout the process to ensure that you’re getting the best possible treatment. We make sure all patients fully understand their condition and their symptoms so they can handle triggers and episodes more effectively in the future.

Symptoms of Dual Diagnoses

If you or someone you love experienced the overlap of a mental health problem and substance abuse and have noticed any of the following symptoms appearing together, there’s a good chance that you could have dual diagnosis. 

Symptoms of Substance Abuse:

  • You’ve developed a high tolerance to the effects of drugs or alcohol and the effects of withdrawal
  • You want to quit, but you’re physically unable to stop using addictive substances
  • You can’t function normally without drugs or alcohol
  • You don’t recognize or remember your uncharacteristic, risky behavior while on drugs or alcohol

Symptoms of a Mental Health Problem:

  • Your mood fluctuates from one extreme to another
  • You can’t articulate yourself very well anymore
  • You find it difficult to interact with other people 
  • You struggle to think straight
  • You aren’t sleeping or eating normally anymore

General Warning Signs of a Dual Diagnosis: 

  • You’ve turned to alcohol or drugs to mask feelings of hopelessness, fear, anxiety, stress, or the emotions related to a past trauma
  • You struggle to feel happy with life without self-medicating
  • You have withdrawn from family and friends
  • Mental illness runs in your family history

While warning signs of dual diagnosis in Arizona can vary widely and impact a person in different ways, it’s important to turn to a mental health professional if these patterns and behaviors sound familiar to you. If they do, it’s critical to get help now before your condition progresses any further.

The Importance of Seeking Treatment

Ignoring a dual diagnosis is risky. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued a warning in its report to Congress, explaining that, “If one of the co-occurring disorders goes untreated, both usually get worse and additional complications often arise. The combination of disorders can result in poor response to traditional treatments and increases the risk for other serious medical problems (e.g., HIV, hepatitis B and C, cardiac and pulmonary diseases), suicide, criminalization, unemployment, homelessness and separation from families and communities.”

Your life doesn’t have to take this downward direction. Even though you might feel hopeless now, it’s possible to fully recover by taking charge of your life and seeking help from our dual diagnosis and recovery center in Arizona. We have a full range of treatments for your unique challenges.

Our Specialized Approach to Dual Diagnoses

The treatment of a dual diagnosis is known as dual recovery, which may take as little as a few months or up to a few years. Dual recovery can involve any combination of group therapy, one-on-one psychotherapy, family therapy, behavioral therapy, and non-addictive prescription medication. The type of approach we take depends on your needs, but we also take your preferences into account as we treat your addiction along with any of the following disorders that accompany it:

  • Anxiety and panic disorders [LINK TO ANXIETY SUBPAGE]
  • Mania
  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma
  • Impulse control
  • Personality disorder
  • OCD
  • And more


My son was a client at Viewpoint for a little over a year. During that time he was accurately diagnosed and treated for a mental health disorder and addiction. He is now a college student and has a future to look forward to. I cannot thank Dr. Julia Summers, Amy Fackrell, Billy Bilbray as well as the entire staff enough. Michelle in the front office was always pleasant and helpful too. This program addresses individual needs which was instrumental in my son’s success. The family weekend was educational and eye-opening. I would recommend Viewpoint to anyone suffering from addictions and mental health issues.

Terri C.

Request More Information Today

If you’ve ever been admitted to a drug treatment center in the past and were discharged before all of your needs were addressed, your dual diagnosis condition may have been overlooked. This doesn’t mean that your case is hopeless; it only means that you need help from someone who specializes in dual diagnosis and recovery in Arizona. Get in touch with our staff by calling (877) 777-5150 to discuss our treatment options in Scottsdale and Prescott, AZ.