In Princeton, New Jersey, much like other areas of the U.S., many people who have addictions to alcohol or drugs also have separate but co-occurring mental health disorders. In the U.S., about 45% of people who enter rehab have also received a diagnosis of some type of mental illness.1 In Princeton, 66 people entered rehab in 2016,2 and two-thirds of them had co-occurring mental health issues, based on statistics for the county.2
Dual diagnoses or co-occurring disorders can, at times, pose some difficulty in treatment because it is usually necessary and recommended to treat both issues simultaneously with an integrated treatment approach. This means having collaboration between care providers and tailoring your treatment strategies to your specific issues. Integrated treatment may lead to better outcomes in people with dual diagnoses, including reduced substance use, improved mental health, and decreased hospitalizations.1
If you or a loved one has a co-occurring disorder, know that effective treatment is available. Trying to handle such complex issues can be frustrating and scary, so for more information about effective treatment and dual diagnosis treatment facilities in the Princeton area, the state of New Jersey, or in the country, browse our substance abuse treatment directory.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.