Dual Diagnosis Treatment
The Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment
It goes without saying that there are no easy answers when it comes to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. No two people are ever alike as far as their struggles, so it only makes sense that successful approaches to recovery would also be as unique and individualized as the people they help. What works well for one person might not be a good solution for another at all.
For many people, drug or alcohol addiction is not a standalone issue. Before the person was ever addicted, there was more than likely something else that contributed to the underlying structure of that addiction. For some people, it’s a traumatic incident or situation such as a dysfunctional family situation or the loss of a loved one. For others, it’s an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness such as bipolar disorder, depression, or ADHD.
What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual diagnosis is a treatment style designed to get to the heart of the matter when it comes to addiction. It ensures not only that the person will get adequate assistance for their substance abuse issues, but also that any underlying mental health or behavioral issues will be identified and addressed at the same time. In some cases, these conditions precede the substance abuse problem, but other times they’ve developed as a result of it.
For an addict, finding out that they are struggling with mental illnesses or behavioral disorders in addition to their addictions can be startling and upsetting. However, it’s important to understand that a proper diagnosis also represents the first step toward healing. Getting healthy mentally and emotionally can only make it easier to get a handle on addictions and lead a full, productive, life in every sense of the word.
Dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders, COD) Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder and a problem with alcohol or other drugs. A person who has a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness needs its own treatment plan.
At Meridian Treatment Solutions, we believe that if the client can identify the underlying issue and treat it simultaneously with their treatment for addiction, the client’s chances of a successful, relapse-free recovery are much improved.
During their stay each patient is assigned a treatment team which includes a physician, nurse, psychologist, primary counselor, case manager, spiritual care counselor, family counselor, dietician, fitness trainer, chemical dependency counselor and a resident manager. This team is responsible for assessing and working with each patient to establish an individualized plan of care and post-treatment recommendations designed to support ongoing recovery.
What Are the Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
It is currently estimated that roughly 50% of all people battling an addiction to alcohol or drugs also suffer from a mental health condition. The dual diagnosis approach to addiction raises the effectiveness of rehab by ensuring that all contributing factors are promptly identified and properly treated.
Plenty of Attention
A treatment center that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment ensures that the proper amount of attention will be paid to any and all issues that may be contributing to an addiction. Not only will the addict receive treatment and medical care designed to help them overcome their addiction, but they’ll receive mental health treatment as well. This includes access to medications, talk therapy, and any other treatment options deemed suitable by a mental health professional.
When it comes to both addiction and mental health care, knowledge is critical when it comes to getting healthy and staying that way. Dual diagnosis seeks to help individuals adequately understand the issues they struggle with. This process includes learning coping mechanisms, as well as getting educated in regards to the biological facts surrounding their condition. Many treatment centers have programs in place designed to extend the learning process to the addict’s immediate family as well.
All treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction include some measure of relapse prevention as part of their treatment program. However, a dual diagnosis program will ensure that all of the bases are covered in regards to continuing mental health as well. Treating factors related to both the substance abuse issue and any related mental health problems at the same time helps lower the likelihood of either becoming a problem again in the future. Relapse prevention may include extended therapy, continued assistance with medications, and more.
Some of the more common underlying issues that may result in an individual having a mood disorder and turn to alcohol and/or other drugs are:
- Anxiety – Panic Attacks
- Bi-Polar disorder
- Chemical Imbalance
- Physical Pain
- Trauma – Rape – Molestation
- Family turmoil
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of purpose
Choosing the Right Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center for You
As is the case with any important decision in life, it’s important to make sure you make the best possible choice in treatment centers. If you already know you suffer from a mental illness or suspect that you might, then choosing a care center that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment is imperative. Start by doing some research on addiction treatment centers in your area. Since dual diagnosis is a popular approach to rehab, it’s more than a little likely that you’ll have a couple of centers to choose from.
Check out the website related to each center in order to learn more about our approach to treatment. You may even want to call and speak to a Meridian Treatment Solutions representative in order to ask questions or arrange to visit the facility in person to get a feel for what your experience will be while you’re here. It’s important to choose a treatment center and a care team that inspires trust and makes you feel at ease, so trust your instincts when evaluating your options.
At the end of the day, it only stands to reason that addiction recovery isn’t going to be easy. However, with proper and thorough care in your corner, it’s significantly easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Explore your options and get on the road to a better, brighter life today!
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