Dr. Sophy defines dual diagnosis as when a patient is diagnosed with both a mental disorder alongside a substance abuse addiction problem. This often occurs when someone with a mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety, self-medicates with alcohol or drugs and becomes addicted through continuous and excessive use. Dr. Sophy believes that if someone has been diagnosed with a dual disorder then they need to be treated in every aspect of their life.
Dr. Sophy goes on to explain his view on the issue of using prescription medications with patients who have a history of substance abuse and addiction. In Dr. Sophy’s view is that every patient is different, and concludes that it is acceptable to give addicts prescription medications as long as the patient is monitored and tracked closely with regular communication to prevent any abuse of the medication.