Co Occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis

Did you know that if you have an addiction, chances are you have a co-occurring addiction? However, you do not have to worry. We help to diagnose and provide Dual Diagnosis treatment so you can get your life back on track.

This is an innovation that is still relatively new in the addiction recovery field. Prior to 1990, if an individual was diagnosed with a mental health disorder like anxiety, mood swings, depression or delusional behavior, those patients were treated separately from those who sought treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. When these conditions coincide in someone, they were often denied any type of treatment for their mental disorder until they were treated for the substance abuse.

Unfortunately, the cause for substance abuse if often an underlying mental disorder. This means that those who have Dual Diagnosis addiction do not get the assistance with Dual Diagnosis treatment they desperately need. The good news is that we have the resources and compassionate staff to help you overcome both.

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What Is Different About Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs?

In the 21st century, our recovery for Dual Diagnosis blends the aspects of mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment for the most successful treatment possible.

Instead of drawing lines between addiction and psychiatric health, we treat these areas in continuum. Our clinicians are trained and have the necessary credentials to provide treatment for addiction and mental health disorders that are co-occurring. We have dedicated rehabilitation facilities that offer recovery services that are customized for Dual Diagnosis clients.

Recent reports from the United States Department Health and Human Services show that only around 12 percent of the more than 4 million adults with Dual Diagnosis actually receive the treatment they need.

So, if you have met the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder like depression or schizophrenia, and you have been diagnosed with an addictive behavior like gambling or alcoholism, we may classify you as having Dual Diagnosis when you begin treatment.

How To Increase Your Chances Of Full Recovery With Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment

To help increase your odds of full recovery from Dual Diagnosis, we take the appropriate measures in your care plan. This includes:

• We parallel your treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorder with our team of highly trained treatment counselors
• We acknowledge the importance of antidepressants and other psychotherapeutic medications
• We offer a supportive approach to our treatments and therapies that helps to reinforce self-confidence and build self-esteem
• We offer treatment strategies that are all-inclusive

How A Dual Diagnosis Is Determined

For our addiction professionals at our treatment center to determine you have Dual Diagnosis, you will need to meet the qualifications for mental health disorders as defined by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Contained in this manual is the guideline that mental health professionals refer to when diagnosing and treating patients in diverse types of clinical settings.

A qualified counselor, physician, therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist is able to give you a Dual Diagnosis if you have a mental health disorder and an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or gambling.

Getting this diagnosis by one our professionals may be the relief you have been seeking for many years, especially if you have had an undiagnosed mental health disorder for some time. If you have been plagued with depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings of sadness and hopeless, you may have a sense of hope once your condition is connected to a name. We have learned over the years that patients feel better once they know they have a named condition because there is a greater chance for it to be treated.

Signs And Symptoms

Before our treatment center can give you a diagnosis, we will allow one of our addiction specialists or mental health professionals to evaluate you. However, you do not need any specialized training to know that something is wrong with you or someone you care about.

There are some red flags that you should be aware of such as:

• Abandoning family and friends to hang out with someone new
• Having a challenging time with work and/or school commitments
• Stealing or lying to maintain addictive behavior
• Sleeping all day, staying awake at night
• Seeking a larger amount of alcohol, drugs or thrill-seeking behavior to get a bigger rush

The only way you can know for sure if you or someone you love has a Dual Diagnosis, you should contact our addiction treatment center. We have addiction treatment specialists who have backgrounds in psychiatric care. During intake, our specialists and counselors will look over your psychiatric history, as well as look at any substance abuse patterns you may have.

We understand there is no ‘one size fits all’ when a person needs Dual Diagnosis treatment. There are a broad range of mental health disorders, and when these orders are combined with addictive behavior, treatment can become more complicated. Contact us today to learn more about our services and treatment options and the different ways we can help you get on the road to recovery.