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In some cases drug dependent individuals may suffer also from a variety of mental illnesses. If not recognized and treated properly a psychological disorder can cause an individual to self-medicate. Dual diagnosis treatment centers focus primarily on individuals with these co-occurring conditions. Having said that, Patients who possess both a psychiatric disorder, and drug or alcohol addiction problems may require a different program that one who is merely a substance abuser, depending upon the drug rehab program and the scale assessment or intensity of the mental condition. Nevertheless anybody who is addiction to psychoactive drugs may show signs of psychological problems such as paranoia, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and anxiety. However, in most cases this is only a result of drug abuse or addiction. 

Often people are misdiagnosed and placed on other addictive psyche medications to treat an erroneous mental illness only to experience more problems later on from side effects stemming from the medications designed to treat the mental problem. For this reason only after a patient is fully detoxified and totally clean from drugs can they be accurately labeled with an intrinsic mental disorder rather than an immediate symptom of intoxication or withdrawing. Sometimes chronic mental conditions are caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain and not nessessarilly drug induced. these cases could qualify for a dual diagnosis treatment program and be treated with medications and intensive rehabilitation therapy. Nevertheless drug addiction is a physical, mental, emotional, social andspiritual addiction and getting to the root causes is the best course of action rather than trading one drug for another. 

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