You can’t go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending.
— C.S. Lewis

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Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders are interchangeable terms for someone who has a substance use disorder and a mental illness. The problem is complex and people often do not receive treatment for both afflictions. Read more...


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You are not alone. Over 8.9 million people in the United States suffer from Dual Diagnosis. That's approximately 43% of all people diagnosed with substance use disorder. Sharing your story, identifying with others through connection, and learning how to recover can greatly help your prognosis. Get connected...

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Whether you're struggling with Dual Diagnosis yourself, or you know someone suffering, connect and join us for the First Annual Dual Diagnosis Awareness Day on May 15, 2018, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Find out more...

Brooke Hilton is a writer, mental health advocate, and 2018 Master of Social Work candidate at the University of Southern California. An aspiring LCSW, Brooke plans to use her clinical education and financial acumen to transform the dual diagnosis treatment industry.

An avid writer, Brooke has struggled with bipolar 1 disorder and substance use disorder for over 15 years. She is a contributing author at Bipolar Magazine, MindBodyGreen, Thrive Global, and The Mighty. Writing is a powerful way to cope, and Brooke wants to share her experiences and help raise awareness of those who are suffering in silence.

Previously, she worked on Wall Street at companies like Wells Fargo, BlackRock, and Houlihan Lokey. She pursued an MBA from New York University in 2010 and a BA from the University of North Carolina – Asheville in 2003. A strong believer in a holistic approach to wellness, Brooke also received her fitness trainer certification from the International Sports Science Association in 2016.

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