Dual Diagnosis Program

The World Health Organization defines substance abuse as "the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, such as alcohol and illegal narcotics." Substance addiction involves a variety of harmful physical and mental health consequences. If caught early enough, it can be treated. However, drug usage is associated with the risk of comorbid disorders. This occurs when long-term substance addiction triggers the onset of another mental health issue or vice versa.

The Dual Diagnosis program is Cadabams’ flagship treatment program for individuals fighting both substance use disorder and a comorbid mental health condition. The program stretches from 90 to 180 days and involves individualized therapy, group therapies, family therapy, medication management, routine management and so much more. It offers long-term recovery to individuals and helps them rebuild their lives from the effects of substance abuse.

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What is the Dual Diagnosis program at Cadabams?

When people struggle with substance misuse as well as a mental illness, they are said to have comorbidity. The drug might cause the comorbid illness, or the condition could already be present. These are some of them:

  • Drug-induced mood disorders: As ironic as it may seem, a substance used to make someone feel better might actually make them feel melancholy or have mood irregularities.
  • Substance-induced psychotic disorders: Certain drugs (such as cannabis, hallucinogens, and others) affect our perspective of reality in profound ways. But what if they permanently affect your perception or cause you distress? Substance-induced psychotic illnesses are one of the comorbid conditions of substance abuse where the development of the psychotic illnesses can be traced or linked with the abuse of substances. 

The Dual Diagnosis program at Cadabams is aimed at helping individuals who have comorbid mental health disorders along with substance abuse. It addresses both substance abuse and the associated psychiatric illness to ensure comprehensive recovery. It also involves the family in the recovery process and achieves long-term and sustainable healing.

What does the program involve?

  • The treatment approach includes a combination of medication, counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy, and more. In combination with our multidisciplinary team, our comprehensive approach accelerates recovery from substance abuse.

  • The medication is prescribed by the psychiatrist after a complete and comprehensive evaluation of the individual.

  • Psychotherapy is a process that includes Insight building, rapport building with the individual, which then leads to further treatment approaches.
  • Therapeutic approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and more are seen to be effective in helping individuals overcome addiction.

How does this program ensure effective and sustainable recovery?

The program is very successful. It primarily addresses substance abuse and then moves on to address the comorbid mental health disorder. What are the benefits of this program?

  • We can understand the individual and their condition better, allowing us to administer more personalized treatment plans. 
  • Families can get a lot more involved and invested in their loved one’s recovery, making the recovery more comprehensive.
  • It allows the individual to take a leave of absence, go out of the de-addiction center, and back to daily life to see how their recovery sustains, while still being under clinical supervision. 
  • It is a monitored environment, where the individual can avail a multidisciplinary treatment approach, allowing them to recover in the long term.
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Years in rehabilitation


Campuses across 2 states


Individuals recovering at Cadabams each year


Mental health professionals working with us

The Cadabam’s Treatment Experience - Biopsychosocial Model

Our centres where this program is offered

Types of Admissions

Regular Admission

As and when the family or the primary caregiver confirms the admission by following the processes related to “Admission Procedure”.

Referred Admissions

Many psychiatrists utilize our psychosocial rehab services for their clients. In cases where the resident is referred from a psychiatrist for psychosocial interventions, the referring psychiatrist also becomes part of the treating team and he/she will be regularly updated about the progress and will also be involved in the overall care. Hundreds of eminent psychiatrists trust us with their clientele when it comes to residential care & rehab.

Admission under Special Circumstances

We have a number of patrons from various countries and different parts of the country seeking admission. We also have mental health professionals across the country referring us to complex cases that require psychosocial intervention. Under special circumstances where it is not feasible to visit or in case of a crisis/mental health emergency the Director-operations will guide the family after assessing the need for intervention.

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Deaddiction is a difficult process. Cadabams made it easier for my family. A special thanks to Dr. Swarupa for helping me reconnect with my family, I am a lot happier now.


My son had fallen into drug addiction. Rehabilitation here really has helped him recover.


This is one of the most well-planned and thought-out rehabilitation centers in India. I was diagnosed with substance Induced psychosis a couple of times before and was admitted here. To be honest I found it very harsh at first and sometimes they really frustrate you and curtail your freedom a lot. But when you look at the bigger picture they try to inculcate discipline and good habits which is the most effective weapon to tackle substance abuse.

Abhimanyu Verma

Anunitha gives hope, comfort, professional support when you need it the most. Dr. Priya is amazing. As for Ms. Raji, she's outstanding in her depth of understanding and tracking all the residents. Her thoughtful advice has been most valuable. I am very grateful for all the help my family member has received. Thank you!

Bhanu Chandran

It is a very good place. Very professional. Most patients who recover some self-awareness will know the value of this place. The centre has served the patient well.

Anand Rajamani

Difference between Rehab and In-Patient


  • Continued Care and Monitoring in a setting that feels like home
  • Focuses on long-term recovery that is sustainable.
  • Involves the family over the treatment course to ensure sustainable recovery.
  • Round-the-clock assistance for the individual, with all basic needs cared for. 
  • Most important step towards recovering from psychiatric illnesses.

IP Care

  • Hospital setting for care in acute situations
  • Focuses on immediate relieving of symptoms in case of emergencies
  • Mainly involves the treating team that focuses on symptoms reduction
  • Individuals will need a family member with them in case of emergencies
  • The first step is seeking care for acute mental health disorders, after which rehabilitation may be necessary or not

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Our Professionals

Dr. Arun Kumar

MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry)

Ashwini Shastry

M.Phil (RCI) & M.Sc in clinical psychology

Raji Raj

MSW, M. Phil (RCI)

Renuka B H

M.Phil (RCI) in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Swarupa M U

Ph.D. (RCI) in Psychiatric Social Work

Why Cadabam's?

Cadabams Group is a private mental healthcare provider with over six campuses across two states. We were one of the first facilities dedicated solely to addiction issues in the country. Over the years it has helped countless people reconcile with their families and give up the substances that completely dismantled their lives. We understand that addiction is very difficult to deal with. It’s difficult to identify, difficult to treat, and the recovery path is also long. But, with Cadabam’s you can achieve long-term recovery and leave the ghosts of the substance behind.

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