Mending Fences is a true dual diagnosis program. The term dual diagnosis is used to describe people with problems with drug and/or alcohol as well as a co-existing mental illness such as anxiety and disorders of mood (e.g. depression and bipolar). The relationship between the two is complex, and the treatment of people with co-occurring disorders is more complicated than just treating individuals with only one of the conditions.People addicted to drugs are roughly twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders as those in the general population, with the reverse also true.
While many substance abuse programs will accept clients who have co-occurring disorders, they may not be fully prepared or experienced in dealing with all of the therapeutic nuances these disorders can present. Those who suffer from anxiety, depression, impulse control and mood disorders such as bipolar, often self-medicate rather than identifying and dealing with the co-occurring disorder.
Many disorders of emotional regulation are biologically based and can be addressed with the appropriate psychotropic medication. Some are based in underlying trauma which, if left untreated, can lead to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Sexual abuse and combat experience are two common causes of PTSD, but PTSD can result from many forms of trauma.