Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
In order to effectively conquer substance abuse, an accurate assessment of the patient’s life challenges is needed before treatment begins. For those afflicted with substance abuse, the color, shape and texture of human behavior dictate the story behind the condition(s) and, often, reveal the underlying cause.
In some cases, patients will have mental health disorders in addition to drug or alcohol dependency. In these instances, which are now more common than ever before, it is difficult to know how, when and where the problems arise and which disorder might require the most focus.
Without the care of highly skilled medical doctors and therapists at your side, misdiagnosis can happen, putting the patient and their family, friends, and co-workers at risk. That’s why many of our patients come to us via trusted referrals by other leading health professionals.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
The term dual diagnosis refers to someone who is struggling with both drug or alcohol addiction and mental illness, such as depression. The mental health condition is also known as a co-occurring disorder, in these cases.
Drug and alcohol addiction often co-occurs with the following mental health disorders:
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment Is Complex
To illustrate the magnitude of dual diagnosis, figuratively take drug and alcohol abuse in one hand and mental illness in the other. Now intertwine both hands and they become conjoined, stronger as one.
Similarly, co-occurring illnesses can actually intensify each other, making it difficult to determine which symptoms are caused by which disorder. Similar behavioral changes can arise with each, such as:
- Withdrawing from others
- Mood variances
- Increase in substance abuse
- Increase in risk-taking
- Loss of control
Drug and alcohol use can mask psychiatric symptoms and vice versa. Is the mental disease a result of the alcoholism? Or is alcohol or drug use the result of a person’s need to self-medicate to overcome disturbing thoughts or unhealthy compulsions in order to function day to day?
For medical treatment to be effective, both disorders must be identified correctly and treated concurrently. Often, repeated relapses are a result of not having addressed underlying issues and co-occurring mental health disorders in previous treatment settings.
Many Factors Influence Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Just as there are no two identical patients, there are no two identical dual diagnosis treatment plans. Substance abuse over time will change the chemical makeup of the body and the brain. With certain mental health disorders, chemical imbalances can also be part of the equation.
For dual diagnosis patients, corresponding medications and therapies may need to change over time due to many factors, such as:
- Hormonal changes
- Stressful life events
- Environmental changes
- Career trajectory
- Military status
Careful and deliberate monitoring of those with a dual diagnosis can help create a better livelihood for them and their families. It’s how lifelong addiction recovery happens.
Effective Treatment for Dual Diagnosis
Dual diagnosis treatments program to help patients recover from the challenges of substance abuse and mental illness, bringing hope and fulfillment back into his or her life.
Upon arrival at dual diagnosis facilities, new patients will receive an extensive evaluation from a psychiatrist and licensed therapist. This assessment helps to develop a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s addiction, mental health disorder and lifestyle.
Individual and group therapy as well as dialectical skills education, life skills training and recreational therapy are some of the treatments that are commonly incorporated into each patient’s recovery plan.
There’s no reason to live without the help you or a loved one may need. It is possible to recover from co-occurring disorders, and The Treatment Center is ready to help you or your loved one start that journey today. Our admissions counselors are standing by 24/7, even holidays, to take your call and answer any questions you may have.Suffering from Addiction and Possibly a Co-Occurring Disorder?
Our Dual Diagnosis Program Can Help