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Dual Diagnosis

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis in Wisconsin.

Dual diagnosis refers to a situation in which an individual is diagnosed with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder (SUD) simultaneously. This term is used to specifically highlight the coexistence of these two conditions and the complex interactions that can occur between them.

According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), approximately 50% of individuals with a mental health disorder will also experience a substance use disorder at some point in their lives.*

This means that someone with dual diagnosis is struggling with two separate but interconnected conditions that require highly specialized treatment and care.


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Those with mental illness are more susceptible to addiction and prolonged use of substances increases the underlying risk for mental illness.

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Substance use is twice as prevalent among adults with mental illness—because of the desire to self-medicate symptoms.

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Some people with mental illness may not even know that their substance use constitutes as a disorder.

Our Comprehensive and Integrated Treatment Includes:

At Willow Creek Behavioral Health, treating dual diagnosis involves an integrated and coordinated approach that addresses both the mental health disorder and the substance use disorder. Treatment is provided in a therapeutic environment managed by doctors, who are board-certified psychiatrists. 

Conditions Commonly Associated with Dual Diagnosis or Co-Occurring Disorders
Some of the most common mental health conditions associated with dual diagnosis include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and ADHD. These conditions often coexist with substance use disorders, creating unique opportunities in treatment and recovery. People with dual diagnosis issues may use alcohol, opioids, prescription drugs and benzodiazepines to self-medicate mental health issues and this creates a vicious cycle. Let the team at Willow Creek help break this pattern.


Board-Certified Psychiatrists

Social Workers

Nursing Teams

Recreational Therapists

Support Workers

Our care helps clients:

  • Attain stability in mental health symptoms
  • Minimize adverse effects/outcomes related to substance use
  • Enhance coping and problem-solving abilities, including managing emotions
  • Improve functioning at home and at work by addressing subjects like relationship concerns
  • Maintain physical wellness
  • Restore consistency and continuity in life

Caring for the whole person

Let us help and support your individualized needs, in a caring clinical environment and where all your issues are understood. We want to help and will provide the tools, and skills for recovery and to assist with your overall wellness. We know that recovery is an ongoing process, so we will assist with your aftercare resources and coordination of care to provide you with continuing support.
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