MISA/Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis refers to those who are living with (MISA) Mental Illness and Substance Abuse disorders, at the same time, unless they are treated together, one condition may worsen while the other improves.

If your child presents with mental health symptoms, they often face roadblocks while trying to access substance abuse treatment until the mental health symptoms are stabilized.

Adolescents may use substances as an attempt to cope with mental illness. Often this elevates emotional and behavioral instability.