Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis refers to someone with both a mental health disorder and an addiction to drugs and or alcohol. 

Because of this there are two separate diagnoses.

Dual diagnosis is a common occurrence, as people who suffer from mental disorders often turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.

It is crucial for someone with a dual diagnosis to receive treatment for both conditions, not just one or the other. Instead of denying mental illness treatments until the individual achieves sobriety, for example, assist with the underlying psychiatric problem during addiction recovery.

Understanding and treating a dual diagnosis could be critical to your loved one’s recovery.

About Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis isn’t rare. In fact, mental illnesses often result in the desire to self-medicate through drugs or alcohol. Self-medication behaviors can be more common in individuals who are not receiving proper treatment for their conditions, such as counseling or medication. There are many different dual diagnosis scenarios, but the most common mental disorders that have an addiction component are:

· Personality disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder or split personality disorder)
· Schizophrenia
· Depression
· Anxiety

Any type of mental disorder paired with any type of addiction can qualify as a dual diagnosis. The combinations are endless.

There are resources, people, and centers that specialize in effectively treating dual diagnosis clients and help individuals with lifelong recovery. You’re taking the correct first step in learning more about this common situation.

What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Look Like?

Successful recovery for a dual diagnosis requires a different type of treatment than someone who is dealing with only an addiction.

First, it’s necessary to identify what is causing certain symptoms. For example – is it depression that’s causing alcoholism, or alcohol consumption that’s causing depression?

Do you suffer from trauma? Do you have a personality disorder? 

Identifying the source of the issue can help steer the treatment plan in the right direction. It often takes an evaluation from one or more medical professionals to determine the root cause of a problem. Then, treatment may take the following steps:

1. Enrollment in the right treatment center. In the past, people separated treatment for mental health disorders and addiction. Today, however, experts no longer believe this is the best course of action. Find a treatment program that has experience with treating dual diagnosis clients, one that offers proven treatment opportunities.

2. Psychiatric care. Addiction treatment should come from a specialist with a career in psychiatric care. Intake counselors and specialists should have the power to develop individualized treatment plans that focus on the root cause of the problem – such as feelings of guilt, shame, depression anxiety, trauma, or a chemical imbalance.

3. Methods to treat both diagnoses. Dual diagnosis treatment will only work if the individual gets help for both his/her mental condition and the addiction. This may involve detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, therapy, medications, health services, sober homes, psychotherapy, mediation, support groups, etc.

4. Long-term assistance. Someone with a dual diagnosis needs ongoing, long-term care and support for permanent recovery. 

Longer time in an inpatient program can equip the individual with the tools he or she needs to cope with a mental disorder and an addiction in healthy, effective ways.

No two treatment plans for dual diagnosis should look the same. Find a center that recognizes the importance of personalizing dual diagnosis treatment according to the specific combination the individual possesses (e.g., a cocaine addiction and schizophrenia).

Tailored recovery plans are key for successful treatment. Discuss your loved one’s specific needs with a trained professional from the center before choosing your facility.

Where to Find Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment

Burning Tree Programs understands dual diagnosis. We can help combinations of mental illnesses and addictions. Our unique approaches to addiction rehabilitation can achieve better results for high-risk clients and chronic relapsers than shorter programs.

Our licensed professionals can help diagnose your loved one and offer the right personalized courses of treatment. Let us help your loved one on the journey to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Contact us today for a confidential discussion.

Call: 866-287-2877