Victoria P.’s mom struggled with addiction for a large part of the bachelor contestant’s life. This Bachelor Nation fan favorite recounts how her mother’s struggles affected her childhood and her sister.
STRUGGLING WITH TWO DISORDERS Dual diagnosis refers to individuals who in addition to being addicted to drugs or alcohol, also suffer from another psychiatric illness. It is common for individuals in treatment for substance dependence also to have co-morbid psychiatric disorders. Some of these include major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, anti-social personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, phobias, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that dual diagnosis, substance abuse, and mental health disorders affect over 8 million people per year within the United States. However, from those individuals, only 7.4 percent receive the appropriate treatment, leaving the rest to self-medicate or possibly fall further into addiction, due to their diseases not being acknowledged or addressed. Unfortunately, the amount of individuals that go untreated is high because many facilities cannot identify or understand dual diagnosis conditions, and are unknowledgeable about treatments. A DIFFICULT [...]