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  • People who experience problems with alcohol and other drugs may also experience mental health issues. This is called 'dual diagnosis'.
  • In many cases, it is hard to tell which problem came first; perhaps the mental illness led to the person misusing drugs, or else the drug problem started before the mental illness.
  • Research suggests that people who experience dual diagnosis respond well to integrated programs that address both substance misuse and mental illness.

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Reviewed on: 21-12-2021