Dual-Diagnosis and Addiction Treatment
When a person has an addiction to legal or illegal drugs, they will generally seek to overcome their need for the substance at an addiction treatment center. Unfortunately, many individuals with substance addictions also suffer from mental illnesses. When a person has both an addiction to drugs or alcohol and a mental disorder, it is called a dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders can range from mild to severe depending upon the drug being used, the mental illness, and the length of the problem. Dual-diagnosis treatment centers allow people to get the help that they need, and at True Recovery, you can find a dual-diagnosis program to help you get your life back on track.
What Are Common Conditions Associated With a Dual-Diagnosis?
Certain mental health issues are more commonly associated with a dual-diagnosis than others. Some of the common mental disorders that occur with substance abuse include anxiety, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is yet another condition that commonly occurs alongside addiction, as does post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and panic disorder. In addition, certain substance addictions commonly occur with mental illnesses, including alcohol, amphetamine, and cocaine addiction. Hallucinogen, heroin, and methamphetamine addictions are also common in dual-diagnosis situations.
Why Is Treatment Necessary?
When a person has a dual-diagnosis, either substance abuse led to a mental illness or the mental illness developed first, with substance abuse beginning as a form of self-medication. In either situation, one problem can greatly exacerbate the symptoms of the other. As a result, a person who has co-occurring disorders cannot put off the treatment of their drug addiction while seeking treatment for their mental illness, nor can they postpone treatment of their illness until after completing drug rehab if they desire a successful recovery. This is where dual-diagnosis treatment programs come in.
What to Expect of a Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Program
Effective dual-diagnosis treatment programs will be staffed by professionals who are experienced in treating a wide range of mental health issues. Before signing on with a program, one should verify that the facility is experienced with the specific mental health issue that they are suffering from. A program for the treatment of a dual-diagnosis should also have the ability to educate clients on their conditions and on how mental illnesses and drugs interact. In addition, dual-diagnosis treatment centers should also provide addiction counseling that is specific to their co-occurring disorders. Successful programs must also provide their clients with tools that can aid them on their road to addiction recovery as well as help them cope with future challenges they may encounter.
Treatment at True Recovery
At True Recovery, dual-diagnosis treatment is a part of our addiction treatment program. With our extended-care dual-diagnosis program, we provide our clients with individualized care that speaks not only to their specific co-occurring condition but to their personal experience as well. We work closely with our clients while they are undergoing dual-diagnosis rehab to customize a plan that will help them discover their interests and passions. Together, we work to build up their life skills based on these interests and help them establish goals. This strategy is helpful in reducing the risk of future substance abuse and building the coping skills needed for a successful recovery, whether this is one’s first time seeking treatment or they’ve relapsed in the past. Find out more about our dual-diagnosis rehab: Fill out our contact form or call our admissions counselors directly, 24 hours a day.