Spotting a Dual Diagnosis

If you have a spouse who is currently addicted to drugs and alcohol the best thing to do is obtain the information and tools to help them to your fullest activities. Addiction has the tendency to impact everyone who is involved and can cause serious problems in their personal and professional lives.

If you believe that it is time for your spouse to enter a dual diagnosis treatment facility, then it is time to move forward with their recovery and it all begins with you.

What to do

When you first realize that your spouse is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is important for you to get all of the knowledge necessary so that you have the tools to help them. Addiction is a disease and not something that can be brushed aside or taken lightly. Just like with any disease, it needs to be treated. Not only should you truly understand what your role in the process but you should make sure you are fully educated on every aspect of the recovery process.


Communication is key when it comes to helping your partner who is an addict. There is a good chance that they may not admit that they have a problem. If this is the case, then you may need to have an intervention for your spouse in order to help them fully recognize their addiction.

Watch for Signs

It is essential that you look out for the warning signs that your spouse may be an addict. Here are some things to look out for:

  • If your partner is depressed or withdrawn
  • If your spouse is spending their time at bars drinking
  • Dishonesty

Gooden Center Treatment Services can help with your spouse’s dual diagnosis. All aspects of the problem need to be treated for there to be a successful outcome.

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