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Dual diagnosis treatment is treatment addressing both addiction and co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolarism, schizophrenia, PTSD or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In order for someone with a dual diagnosis to heal from either the mental condition or addiction, both co-occurring conditions must be treated. Research has indicated that this treatment is most effective when the multiple conditions are addressed simultaneously.
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 are treated as part of a dual diagnosis treatment program, a better chance for long-term sobriety results.
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, as part of a cycle often referred to as 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.
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:
Many patients entering treatment for addiction are actually relieved to learn that they have an underlying mental health issue that is treatable through 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 need can be properly filled. 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.
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 while ensuring as much as possible can be gained by dual diagnosis patients while they are in rehabilitation. These needs are met through a continuum of care including 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.