How Do the Best Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Approach Mental Health?

The best treatment centers today offer a dual diagnosis. But how do dual diagnosis treatment centers approach mental health and substance abuse?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

About 20 years ago, treatment centers began to understand that many addicts also have a psychiatric disorder. So, to treat these individuals appropriately, both the addiction and mental disorder need to be treated to better ensure long term mental health and sobriety.

Some of the addictions that occur at the same time as mental health problems include:
• Drug addiction.
• Alcohol addiction.
• Sex addiction.
• Gambling addiction.

Some of the mental health issues that might increase your chances of having an addiction are:
• Schizophrenia.
• Bipolar disorder.
• Depression.
• Borderline personality disorder.
• Anxiety disorder.
• Eating disorders.

So, a high functioning alcoholic may suffer from bipolar disorder. Or an addict might also be clinically depressed. Undiagnosed mental disorders, when left untreated, can cause an addicted person to have a much higher rate of relapse. Treatment in the United States usually treats either the addiction or the mental health issue. It rarely treats both the mental health problem and addiction simultaneously, until the concept of dual diagnosis began to be used.

What does Addiction have to do with Mental Health Problems?

Some people who have experienced trauma, biochemical imbalances, depression, and anxiety decide to medicate themselves. They drown their sorrows with sex, drugs, or gambling to get their minds off their mental discomfort.

When both the mental issues and addictions get treated, the individual has a much greater chance of a lasting and full recovery.

Dual diagnosis facts include:
• About half of the people with addictions also suffer from some type of mental illness.
• The combination of mental illness and addictive issues is nearly endless. This makes diagnosing and treatment more difficult.
• It’s hard to treat a dual diagnosis patient. It’s hard to tell whether this person’s symptoms and behavior come from mental health problems, drug issues or both. So treatment personnel needs to look for the root cause and treat it.
• Dual diagnosis patients are high-risk patients. They remain high-risk due to violent tendencies and a high rate of suicide.
• People who have mental disorders have a greater chance of becoming addicts.
• Many rehab facilities can’t treat both mental and addictive disorders. These facilities don’t have the ability to diagnose psychiatric disorders.
• Dual diagnosis treatment programs generally take longer to complete than do addiction treatment plans alone. This fact is because people need to move through treatment at their own individual speed.

What are the Symptoms of a Person Who Needs Treatment?

Many treatment facilities use addiction screening qualifications to decide whether a person needs treatment or not.

Symptoms of substance abuse include:
• Withdrawing from friends and family.
• Unusual changes in behavior.
• Using the drug of choice in dangerous situations.
• Risky behavior.
• Not having control over substance use.
• Having withdrawal symptoms.
• Being able to consume a large amount of a person’s substance of choice.
• The person thinks they need the drug to function.

Dual diagnosis treatment includes receiving care for both substance abuse and mental illness simultaneously. Each person’s rehab plan varies with the individual’s needs. Here are some of the components that might be a part of a dual diagnosis treatment plan:

Detox. The first step for people with a dual diagnosis is to complete detox. Inpatient detox keeps the client safe and helps them withdraw from their substance of choice with no ill effects. Medication might assist the person detoxing to get off their substance of choice more comfortable. People in detox get monitored all day and all night to help them get off drugs and start over again.
• Inpatient Rehab. Dual diagnosis clients in an excellent treatment center get therapy for both their mental health issues and addiction. Medication and health care services also remain a significant part of an inpatient rehab program.
• Sober living. Sober living homes provide a safe place for a person in recovery to live.
• Psychotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other types of programs help a client change how they think and react to daily life to keep them sober.
• Self-help groups. Self-help groups support people as they learn to live without their drug of choice. Recovering addicts provide recovery tips and encouragement for each other as all involved keep on the right track in life.

Are you ready to start down the path to a clean, sober and happy life? Contact us at 833-762-3739 for additional assistance.