Dual Diagnosis

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Dual Diagnosis patients find themselves battling two very distinct and dangerous challenges simultaneously. On one hand, addicts confront the challenge of chemical or alcohol dependence, itself a very serious condition, and on the other hand, they face a severe mental disorder which, more often than not, is being fed and further complicated by the addiction.

Unsurprisingly, these patients respond differently to treatment than those with a single diagnosis and may be considered high-risk, depending on the situation. Knowing the seriousness of such co-occurring disorders, Drug Help Line is uniquely equipped to treat patients who suffer from mental illness and addiction at the same time.

In most cases, a dual diagnosis patient has dealt with mental illness for an extended period of time and has sought to self-medicate to cope with the ailment. In situations such as these, it is often inadvisable to treat one ailment before the other; instead, taking a simultaneous approach to healing is the preferred course. In this manner, Drug Help Line seeks to work patiently on the underlying issues that comprise each individual’s set of circumstances. Whether it be depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or any number of personality disorders, the pairing of mental illness and substance abuse is not a situation to be taken lightly.

Dual Diagnosis patients are treated by cross-trained counselors who are uniquely equipped to provide an optimized, managed-care system of detox and rehabilitation. Using combination therapies of detox, physical rehab, meditation, mental health services, group & personal counseling as well as the traditional twelve step process, each patient benefits from an intensive personal track of therapy that offers the best possible results for recovery.

For a person suffering from a dual diagnosis situation, we have seen incredible results when both issues are treated simultaneously and as quickly as possible. Treating the addiction oftentimes begins to alleviate the intensity of the mental aspects of the disorder, so that what once seemed like a puzzle too overwhelming to solve, begins to feel manageable in less time than was anticipated.

Why is Dual Diagnosis treatment more complex?

The two illnesses can actually feed off each other, and it becomes difficult to determine which symptoms are caused by which disorder. For instance, addiction could mask symptoms of psychiatric problems. That is why finding a quality dual diagnosis drug rehab can make all the difference between recovery and failure. Unless the underlying issues are addressed, the good decisions the addict or alcoholic are trying to make will be in vain.

Conversely, drug or alcohol use (or withdrawal from drugs/alcohol) can cause behaviors that mimic psychiatric conditions. An untreated psychiatric illness can lead to drug abuse or alcohol abuse – and untreated drug addiction can cause re-occurrence of psychiatric symptoms, thus creating a vicious cycle.

With symptoms and causal relationships so tightly intertwined, it is vital to choose experienced dual diagnosis professionals. Finding a quality dual diagnosis drug rehab can make the difference between success and failure in recovery.

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