Often, an addiction can coincide with mental health issues. One can cause and even worsen the other, leaving the sufferer feeling hopeless. However, with the right kind of integrated treatment, recovery is possible. Individuals in this situation need the help of a dual diagnosis treatment center like Gateway Foundation Joliet.

In 2014, nearly 8 million people in the United States struggled with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.


A dual diagnosis approach acknowledges a person’s addiction as well as any mental illnesses, rather than just addressing one or the other. This approach sees an individual’s addiction and mental illness as interwoven and uses evidence-based practices to treat both issues at the same time.

This integrated approach requires different members of our addiction treatment staff to collaborate to create custom treatment plans for each client. Our doctors, psychologists, and licensed therapists all work together throughout a client’s time at our dual diagnosis treatment center to help them achieve and maintain recovery. Together, they guide clients toward lasting success.

What Is Comorbidity?

Comorbidity is the existence of two chronic conditions in an individual, such as substance addiction and a mental health disorder. Comorbid disorders require dual diagnosis treatment.


The main benefit of this approach is that it treats the whole person rather than just their addiction. Merely addressing a client’s withdrawal symptoms, for example, is a great starting point, but that alone doesn’t reach the core of the issue. At a dual diagnosis treatment center like Gateway Joliet, clinicians treat clients holistically.

Clients also gain coping skills that they can use to manage both their addiction and mental illness. These universal skills come in handy no matter how far clients get in their recovery. Clients can also apply these skills right away, making an immediate impact on their quality of life.

Above all, care from a dual diagnosis treatment center helps ensure that clients’ mental illnesses don’t eventually cause a relapse in their addiction. Untreated mental illness can push people back toward using. If clinicians address the mental illness, however, relapse is much less likely.


With almost half of people with addictions also suffering from a mental illness, we understand the importance of a dual diagnosis approach. For this reason, Gateway Foundation Joliet is a proud dual diagnosis treatment center. Our dedicated staff works hard every day to treat each client holistically, not like they’re just a number. Some of our integrated addiction therapy services include the following:

If you’re struggling with some combination of substance abuse and mental illness, help is within reach. Gateway Foundation Joliet offers comprehensive care on a flexible schedule to make treatment as convenient as possible. To learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment center, reach out to our friendly staff. Give us a call today at 815.206.8477.

Mental Health Disorders That Commonly Co-Occur with Substance Addiction

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • OCD
Factors That Contribute to the Development of Comorbid Disorders

1 Childhood trauma

2 Stress

3 Environments with prevalent substance abuse

4 Genetics

Approximately 50% of an individual’s risk for addiction is due to genetic factors.
Comorbid conditions can consume all aspects of your life. With dual diagnosis treatment, you can regain control. Call Gateway Foundation Joliet today.