Dual Disorder Recovery


About Dual Disorder Recovery

Reflecting the history of successful recovery efforts in America, literature from Alcoholics Anonymous describes individuals experiencing “happy, contented sobriety” after working a program of recovery and getting some clean time under their belts. Yet the experience of so many individuals with co-occurring depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, or other mental/emotional disorders is anything but happy and contented. When individuals stop using substances that may have been providing some mitigation of or distraction from other mental health disorder symptoms, they are left with a more direct and potent experience of those symptoms, which is typically anything but happy and contented. For those individuals, the goal and solution is dual recovery, that is, to have a program of recovery in which 2 or more disorders are effectively addressed at the same time, in a manner that is as integrated as possible.

Dual Diagnosis Capability

Whether you are a traditional substance abuse treatment provider seeking to become more capable of providing effective co-occurring mental health treatment, or a traditional mental health treatment provider seeking to become more capable of providing effective co-occurring addictions treatment, the DDCAT and DDCMHT provide a useful framework.

  • The DDCAT is the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addictions Treatment model, with implementation guidance available at no cost via the DDCAT Toolkit, which explains the framework and offers information on how to develop your substance use disorder treatment services in an integrated, co-occurring direction.

Anger Management for Behavioral Health Clients

Access the Practitioner Manual and Participant Workbook below for a well-developed curriculum to utilize for addressing the needs for anger education, healthy anger expression, and anger management that are so prevalent among clients referred for co-occurring disorder treatment services.

Interactive Web-Based Learning Modules

The modules accessible via the link below were developed in 2007-08 by Stephen R. Wiland, with SAMHSA Block Grant funding made available through the State of Michigan's Department of Community Health. Although somewhat primitive in design by today's technology standards, the  training content is still quite relevant.

These modules address the following important elements:
    1. Dual Assessment
    2. Stages of Treatment
    3. Engagement
    4. Treatment Planning
    5. Motivational Counseling
    6. Substance Abuse Counseling for Persons with Mental Illness
    7. Group Treatment for Dual Disorders
    8. Relapse Prevention
    9. Self-Help
    10. Family Treatment