Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Posted on May 2, 2019
Last modified on May 13, 2019

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Effective drug addiction treatment addresses the underlying causes of dependence, including depression, anxiety or trauma. In order to maintain sobriety, it’s important to include co-occurring disorders treatment in your long-term recovery plan.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Mental health issues play a large role in many addictions. When you struggle with both substance abuse and a mental illness, this is known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Addicts may struggle with psychological issues, such as:

  • A mood disorder, including major depression or bipolar disorder
  • An anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • ADHD
  • Childhood trauma

Many people abuse drugs or alcohol as a way of dealing with underlying mental health issues. Drugs and alcohol may temporarily numb emotional pain but can’t eliminate it. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) and drug addiction can develop in these cases.

Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment Is Necessary for Addiction Recovery

Treatment for dual diagnosis addresses both substance use disorders and related mental health issues. At Promises Behavioral Health treatment centers, we offer comprehensive assessments at the beginning of your treatment.

Some people struggling with addiction may not receive the right treatment for their co-occurring disorders. Promises Behavioral Health treatment programs help each client gain control over their mental health and recover from substance abuse.

Dual diagnosis treatment programs offer clients a clear, individualized treatment plan. Also, where necessary, Promises Behavioral Health addiction treatment teams will refer the client to relevant services in their hometown after discharge.

When issues such as trauma, depression and anxiety are left untreated, the risk of relapse increases. If you have co-occurring disorders and you only tackle the substance use disorder, you may return home and feel compelled to self-medicate.

Drugs, alcohol or other compulsive behaviors may dull the symptoms of depression or anxiety for a while, but they return along with new problems.

Overcoming Stigma to Find Addiction Treatment

One of the barriers to dual diagnosis treatment is the stigma against drug addiction. Many people believe that drug addicts are weak, selfish or have poor character. This view fails to take into account how underlying mental health issues drive addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Mental health stigma is prevalent throughout society. Depression and anxiety are not always accepted as serious issues. People who hold this belief may think that mental health issues are an excuse for indulging in drugs and alcohol.

Our drug rehab teams understand that these misperceptions are false and stem from lack of understanding. At Promises Behavioral Health treatment centers, you will receive the care and support you need to recover.

We offer the following programs:

Inpatient and Outpatient Programs for Co-Occurring Disorders

Promises Behavioral Health treatment centers offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for co-occurring disorders. The right one for you will depend on your needs and personal circumstances.

When you choose an inpatient program:

  • You stay in the drug rehab facility
  • A drug rehab team is available 24/7 to offer medical and emotional support
  • The treatment lasts one to six months
  • Treatment is designed to treat severe cases of drug or alcohol addiction
  • There are no distractions of daily life

When it comes to an outpatient program:

  • You stay at home but attend treatment during the day or evening
  • You maintain a more normal daily routine compared to an inpatient program
  • The treatment lasts three months to one year
  • The treatment plan is suited to someone with a less severe addiction
  • You spend at least 10 to 12 hours a week at the outpatient rehab center

Outpatient drug rehab is less restrictive than inpatient rehab but often best suited to those further along in their recovery. For example, residential treatment (where you stay on the premises) may be necessary for someone who needs to be closely monitored during his or her drug detox.

With a severe addiction, drug detox can involve intense withdrawal symptoms. In these instances, ongoing medical support and pain management may be necessary. But in milder cases of addiction, outpatient medical detox may be safe and effective.

Generally speaking, the treatment options available at both our inpatient and outpatient rehab centers are similar. They include:

  • Medical detox
  • Therapy and counseling
  • Education on both mental health and drug addiction
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Alternative therapies, such as yoga and meditation
  • Support groups
  • 12-step program involvement

If a loved one is struggling with both substance abuse and a mental health condition, dual diagnosis treatment will give them an opportunity to get back on their feet. Contact our team today at 844-875-5609 to hear more about this comprehensive solution.

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