Article provided by: Great Oaks Recovery Center
When it comes to finding the best dual diagnosis treatment centers, do not look past Great Oaks Recovery Center. We specialize in providing the highest quality care and treatment to clients going through the recovery process.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis (or co-occurring disorders) is a term for when a person experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder at the same time. People who are experiencing the effects of mental illness may turn to alcohol or drug use to self-medicate and cope with the symptoms of their mental illness. Dual diagnosis is considered relatively common, and according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 9 million adults in the U.S. experienced mental illness and substance dependency in 2018.
While people living with mental illness may find temporary relief by self-medicating with substances, the relief is not long-term. Research has shown that alcohol and other abused substances actually worsen the symptoms of mental illness over time. Symptomology of dual diagnosis can vary. This variation occurs because everyone exhibits symptoms differently, and there are so many possible combinations of dual diagnosis. For example, the symptomology of depression + drug abuse might manifest differently than a co-occurring anxiety disorder + alcohol dependency.
Keeping this in mind, some possible symptoms of dual diagnosis could include withdrawal from social situations, sudden changes in behavior/habits, use of dangerous substances, and engaging in risky behaviors. Additional potential symptoms include the development of high tolerance to the substance, withdrawal symptoms, and the feeling that you need the substance in order to function. Warning signs of dual diagnosis can include extreme mood changes, confused thinking, and avoiding friends and family.
What Is the Treatment for Dual Diagnosis?
At Great Oaks, we take a holistic approach as we consider the best course of action for each individual client. No person's circumstances are identical, and designing individualized treatment plans is vital to ensuring successful treatment. Our specialized team of professionals makes us one of the best treatment centers for dual diagnosis. We offer residential housing onsite so that clients can detox in a safe and comfortable environment. Successful treatment for dual diagnosis includes intervention for both the diagnosed mental illness and substance dependency. While designing a treatment plan, our professionals at Great Oaks take into account the client's condition and act accordingly.
Detoxification is the most common first step in dual diagnosis treatment. More often than not, inpatient detoxification is more successful and comfortable than outpatient methods. One of the main benefits of inpatient detoxification is that trained medical staff can monitor the client 24/7. Our nurses provide care and support to detoxing clients, ensuring they are as comfortable as possible during this challenging transitionary period.
Following successful detoxification, the next stages of treatment often include psychotherapy and the prescribing of medications. Once a client becomes an outpatient, attending 12-step programs and AA/NA meetings are recommended. At Great Oaks we continue to support our clients after they leave our facility. Clients are invited to attend alumni events, and staff makes monthly contact with clients.