Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Posted by | Alcohol and Drug Use, Co-Occurring Disorders & Mental Health | February 10, 2015

As addressed in previous blog posts, NuLife Recovery specializes in the treatment of co-occurring disorders– that is, mental health disorders that accompany substance abuse. This combination is also sometimes referred to as dual diagnosis. Louise Stanger explains the concept of the “triple threat,” those who suffer from a tertiary issue on top of the co-occurring disorder and the substance abuse problem. This tertiary issue, she explains, can occur “either as a result of a prior condition (i.e. disorder or illness) or that one that is exacerbated by additional factors (i.e. physical, legal, traumatic, etc.). These folks and their families present a diagnostic quandary with their kaleidoscope of competing and equally important issues.” Unique treatment and intervention methods will clearly need to be created for each individual who is demonstrating these symptoms of three different challenges, and this topic will continue to be explored more in depth in coming months.

Click here to read the full article by Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP for Huffington Post.

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