Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Treatment
for Co-occurring Disorders and Addiction

Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder, affects a significant amount of people who have drug addiction or alcohol addiction. Those with a dual diagnosis are considered to be high risk and may have different responses to the standard alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation programmes. Dual diagnosis treatment is very important and needs to be specifically addressed for people with co-occurring disorder because they are more inclined to engage in destructive behaviour such as self-harm or even suicide attempts.

What are co-occurring disorders?

Dual diagnosis describes people who suffer from two or more medical disorders at the same time. A person who has a drug or alcohol addiction as well a psychological disorder like depression, anxiety, PTSD or schizophrenia qualifies for this diagnosis.


The National Bureau of Economic Research states that mental illness and substance abuse has a “definite connection”. According to their report, patients with existing mental health disorders are accountable for the consumption of “roughly 38% of all alcohol, 44% of all cocaine, and 40% of all cigarettes”, while those who have had previous mental health disorders are accountable for even higher consumption percentages for alcohol, cocaine and cigarettes.

What is the link between mental health and addiction?

The most common issue that links mental illness and addiction is self-medication, which describes when a patient aims to medicate their unwanted or uncomfortable mental health symptoms by using drugs and/or alcohol. The following examples represent a case where one disorder causes another:


  • A person with depression starts to use marijuana to make the pain more bearable 
  • A person who experiences panic attacks uses benzodiazepines to calm their symptoms or prevent them from starting
  • A person who developed childhood PTSD takes alcohol and/or drugs to cope with the trauma
  • Individuals who abuse cocaine tend to take the drug to feel confident and euphoric, however prolonged use leads to symptoms of anxiety issues, such as suspiciousness, paranoia and hallucinations  


All of these cases begin as a temporary form of escape, but with continual use, substance abusers may find themselves over the edge of addiction.

What options are available for dual diagnosis treatment in Thailand?

The Dawn offers an integrated dual diagnosis treatment since many people with this disorder do not respond to standard alcohol and drug treatment in the same way as other clients. Additionally, since the risk of self-harm, self-destruction and suicide are heightened with co-occurring disorders, our licensed professional team will come up with a personalised treatment plan that is catered to each individual.


Our integrated treatment is used to serve people with two or more mental health conditions or substance abuse disorders. We co-ordinate treatment for multiple disorders, arrange bundled interventions and have our therapists collaborate in a single setting to ensure that each of the client’s conditions are properly addressed and treated.

What are the benefits of inpatient dual diagnosis rehab?

There are many benefits of inpatient dual diagnosis rehabilitation. Inpatient facilities offer:

  • 24/7 onsite assistance
  • Safe supervision
  • Removal of damaging influences and triggers
  • The right tools that are required for recovery
  • Peer and professional support
  • Programme that is structured in a way that guarantees success
  • Numerous therapy options that can help with recovery
medical support is essential for dual diagnosis treatment

Why choose The Dawn’s dual diagnosis programme in Thailand?

Our holistic treatment programme ensures that clients overcome their disorder in both a mental and physical way. The Dawn has a licensed team of professionals who have comprehensive experience in dealing with addiction and mental disorders. Upon arrival, we assess each and every one of our clients to ensure that they are given the best treatment plan possible. Our highly-personalised treatment programme is intensive yet effective. We also provide round the clock medical assistance and have a 1:1 staff to client ratio so you can be sure that you will be taken care of.


We offer private accommodation in a beautiful riverside-setting in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our world-class facilities are a great place to get away from it all and really focus on yourself. We also ensure that our clients have access to healthy food and complimentary therapies, such as massage, reiki and acupuncture.  

Contact us today

If you or someone you care about is currently suffering from dual diagnosis, it is time to realise that getting help is very important – and the sooner you do it, the better. It is also extremely important to make sure that the facility you choose is experienced in handling cases of co-occurring disorders and addiction. Contact us today to receive a no obligation assessment and to find out how we can help you. You can also call us on one of our toll-free numbers that can be found on our Contact Us page.