Distressed man in need of a dual diagnosis treatment centerDual diagnosis treatment is treatment addressing both addiction and co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In order for patients to heal from a dual diagnosis, therapists treat both co-occurring conditions. Research indicates that this treatment works best for co-occurring mental disorders.

Dual diagnosis is common in addiction. It’s not an issue to be ashamed of, and it’s not one to ignore. By knowing that co-occurring disorders exist, it’s possible to gain more effective treatment for all aspects of the addiction. When co-occurring disorders receive therapy as part of a dual diagnosis treatment program, a better chance for long-term sobriety results.

Why Do Mental Health Issues and Addiction Often Co-occur?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly eight million people in the U.S. suffer simultaneously from a mental health disorder and substance use disorder.

In a dual diagnosis, it’s not always clear whether the mental health issue or the addiction came first. People with mental health problems often use drugs or alcohol in an attempt to feel better, called self-medicating. Conversely, the use of drugs or alcohol may bring on mental health problems like depression or anxiety. Post-traumatic stress and other mental health disorders can also result from trauma suffered during substance use, such as sexual assault, physical assault or other traumatic events.

What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Include?

Dual diagnosis treatment brings together addiction rehabilitation and mental health care. Individualized treatment plans must be developed for dual diagnosis treatment patients, addressing unique needs for substance abuse rehabilitation and mental health wellness. This treatment plan usually includes a variety of treatment modalities and may include medication prescribed by psychiatric professionals. By combining treatment for co-occurring disorders and addiction, a greater chance of full recovery exists.

Dual diagnosis treatment usually includes:

  • Concurrent treatment of both mental health disorders and substance use disorders
  • Use of psychotherapeutic medications
  • Therapeutic support that helps to build self-esteem and confidence
  • Addiction counseling that is inclusive of family members and partners, when appropriate
  • A diverse array of treatment methods and therapies designed for the healing of mind, body, and spirit

Many patients entering a Florida addiction treatment center are actually relieved to learn that they have an underlying mental health issue. They know it can be treated with proper psychiatric care. This is often a relief because the patients likely remember feeling a certain unmet need that using drugs or alcohol might have seemed to help at the beginning of their substance abuse. Such is often the case for people with social anxiety or depression. Of course, as substance abuse leads to addiction, mental health issues always grow worse.

Through dual diagnosis treatment and associated therapies or medications, the previously unmet mental health issues receive attention. In turn, greater strength for sobriety is possible because of this improved mental health. While treating the co-occurring condition is never a guarantee of easier sobriety, dual diagnosis treatment paves a clearer, more stable pathway for recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Care at Beaches Recovery

Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville Beach, Florida understands the importance of dual diagnosis care for patients with co-occurring disorders. Effective treatment for addiction and mental health issues requires trust, hope, and support. Beaches Recovery provides this trust, hope, and support. They also ensure that clients get the most from dual diagnosis treatment while in drug rehab. Our continuum of care includes a vast array of treatment modalities for mind, body, and spirit.

You can do something to beat substance abuse. If you believe a co-occurring condition may be at the root of your addiction or that of someone you love, call Beaches Recovery now at 866.605.0532 for the treatment needed to ensure a clearer pathway to lifelong recovery.