The deadly cost of a dual diagnosis

System refuses to acknowledge alcoholism and mental health issues are two sides of the same coin

Imagine walking down the street and falling. You’re rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a broken leg. But the doctors won’t treat you because you were drunk when you fell. They say you need to solve your alcohol problem first.

Most people would say this is madness, yet that is how most addiction and mental health services work. They do not treat people with both problems but refer them to the other service. ...