If you are already aware that you have a psychological or mental disorder that might be intermingled with your drug or alcohol addiction issues, you are a bit ahead of the game. As you might already know, it could require that you go through a specialized type of treatment program the addiction treatment industry refers to as dual diagnosis therapy. Given your desire for information about this type of therapy option, you need to know that not all addiction treatment rehabs provide dual diagnosis therapy. For reasons we will outline below, not all facilities have the available resources to provide this kind of treatment. Moving forward, the discussion is going to point towards the importance of dual diagnosis therapy and how you can go about finding your best dual diagnosis therapy options.
About Dual Diagnosis Therapy
A lot of people enter rehab suffering from both addiction and a psychological/mental disorder. It would be incorrect to immediately assume that both disorders are intermingled. Dual Diagnosis therapy is a specific form of treatment that therapists employ when a client enters rehab with evident co-occurring conditions. Furthermore, the two conditions must have a causation connection between them. If that be the case, it’s vital that both conditions be treated at the same time. Failure to do this will give the untreated condition an avenue to circumvent any good treatment provided on the treated condition. That would likely be disastrous because it would make chronic relapses somewhat inevitable.
Remember, co-occurring conditions interact in one of two ways: either the addiction cause a psychological/mental disorder or the psychological/ mental disorder becomes the genesis of the addiction. In either case it’s not hard to imagine how it can happen. In the former case, it’s reasonable that someone might form a particular form of psychosis because of their rampant drug/alcohol abuse.
In the latter case, people do use drugs and alcohol to mask their psychological/mental disorder. In many cases, the individual’s psych drugs become the very drugs to which they become addicted. That makes dual diagnosis treatment particularly difficult since the client might still need some forms of psych medications to help them manage their psychological/mental disorder on an ongoing basis. The primary reason not every treatment facility is able to provide dual diagnosis treatment is because therapists require specific training and sometimes licensing to provide psychological care. If an addiction treatment center decides to not maintain a staff psychologist. they might not have a licensed resource to provide dual diagnosis therapy. That beings us to the question, “how do you go about narrowing down your choices to the best dual diagnosis centers for you to employ for treatment?”
The three best criteria to make said decision would be:
- The availability of the treatment
- Location of the rehab facility
- The cost of treatment
Eliminate Facilities That Can’t Provide This Service
If you already suspect or know you need this level of care, all you have to do is ask the question prior to the intake process. If you don’t know you have co-occurring conditions, treatment could get complicated. It’s possible that you won’t know you have a co-occurring condition until your addiction therapists makes said diagnosis. At that point, they can either offer you dual diagnosis treatment or not. If not, they might refer you to another treatment facility or outsource the psychological treatment to a third-party therapist. To eliminate the potential of this happening, you could confine your initial choice of rehab to facilities that you know offer a wide range of treatment options, including dual diagnosis treatment.
If several rehabs on your radar do offer this type of treatment, it’s appropriate to use the facility’s physical location as criteria for your decision-making. If you want treatment closer to home, that’s fine as long as you aren’t compromising the level of care for convenience. If you want to travel for treatment in order to remove yourself from a harmful environment, that could also be a solid decision.
Because of the extra level of care you would require, there could be additional costs. This could become an issue for you if a majority of the costs are going to be paid out of pocket. There’s also a possibility your insurance company might not specifically cover dual diagnosis therapy. You are well within your rights to use personal finances as part of the decision-making process. If you believe you would be a candidate for dual diagnosis therapy, we can provide you with that service. To get started, you can call one of our staff members for information at 833-762-3739.