Dual diagnosis is the term given when a person has a co-existing substance abuse disorder and mental health disorder. In the past, treatment for addiction has been completely separated from treatments for mental illness. However, when a person is treated specifically for dual diagnosis and both disorders are taken into account the treatment success rate increases enormously. Call Miami Beach dual diagnosis treatment Centers today and begin living healthy and happy again. We are here for you 24/7 at (786) 350-2140.
Treating dual diagnosis is challenging, as each person will have different triggers for addiction and varying symptoms of mental health disorders. The key to effective dual diagnosis treatment is to assess each individual patient and determine the person’s characteristics, the type of drug being abused, the severity of the mental health condition, and any other underlying factors that could affect the outcome of treatments.
Research released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that treatments for dual diagnosis need to be integrated to include both co-existing disorders. Combining addiction treatments with psychiatric treatments for the mental health problem can significantly reduce the rate of relapse among rehab graduates and lead to long-term abstinence.
Medication therapy, or psychopharmacology, is often used to treat the mental health disorder, but also needs to take into account the substance abuse disorder. Specialized integrated recovery plans also need to factor in any side effects of mental health disorders as part of the addiction treatment. In some people, withdrawing from drugs of addiction can worsen symptoms of mental illness, especially for those suffering with anxiety and depression.
Individual counseling needs to consider ways to concurrently treat both co-existing conditions. People in recovery learn to identify their own unique addiction triggers and implement new strategies designed to prevent relapse.
Group therapy can be ideal for gaining support and guidance from peers going through the same struggles. Specific dual diagnosis group therapy sessions, such as Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) are available to provide people in recovery from more than one co-occurring disorder. Peer support groups also provide an important social aspect that helps to reduce feelings of isolation.
There are some mental health disorders that are commonly linked to substance abuse and addiction. Mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression are commonly linked to abuse of alcohol, street drugs and prescription medications.
Many people turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to self-medicate. Some want to numb painful thoughts or emotions associated with trauma, especially those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Others want to escape from overwhelming feelings of uncontrolled anxiety, such as those suffering with panic attacks or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Chronic depression is also strongly linked to substance addiction, as many sufferers will attempt to elevate mood or numb feelings of hopelessness with drugs or alcohol.
Abusing drugs or alcohol may provide a temporary sense of relief. However, the underlying problems that triggered the substance abuse don’t go away. In fact, substance abuse can often make symptoms of mental illness worse.
Research shows that a large percentage of people struggling with substance addiction also have a co-existing mental illness. It’s estimated that up to 65.5% of people with a drug or alcohol dependence disorder had at least one co-existing mental health disorder.
Research also indicates that the poor outcomes of some types of addiction treatment could be attributed to a lack of simultaneous treatment for the underlying mental health disorder. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that only around 7% of people with a substance addiction disorder and a co-occurring mental illness receive help for both conditions.
However, more than 55% of people suffering with dual diagnosis don’t get any help at all for either condition. It’s estimated that the rate of homelessness in people with co-existing disorders is around 23%.
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