Drug Rehab and Dual Diagnosis

Posted on January 6th, 2010

Many people who come to drug rehab have issues beyond their addiction. Rarely have we seen a person with an alcohol or drug addiction problem who does not have some type of underlying psychological or psychiatric issue that fuels their abuse of substances. Sometimes the issue is depression. Others have severe anxiety or panic disorders. Some have experienced trauma and suffer from PTSD. These are just a few of the mental health issues that we often address in treatment to ensure the addicted person has the an understanding of their risk factors and the tools and skill set to mitigate the risk of relapse.

Not every drug rehab is equipped to address fully any psychiatric issues. Promises has three psychiatrists on location throughout the week to assess clients and make clinical recommendations for treatment of underlying diagnoses. It is critical that co-occurring disorders be appropriately addressed while in treatment and that adequate follow-up and after-care recommendations be made to ensure the patient is not at high risk for relapse.

Many drug rehabs will automatically say they treat dual diagnoses, so it’s important to ask exactly how these do this. This is particularly important if you have a special clinical issue that might need someone with clinical expertise in that area. For example, if you are a compulsive gambler or have issues with chronic infidelity you may need sessions with a clinician who specializes in the treatment of these behavioral problems.

Promises often brings in specialists at no additional cost to our clients to address their specific clinical issues. For example, Dr. Jack Kuo, one of our consulting psychiatrists, specializes in Internet and video game addiction. Because Promises has been treating addiction for over two decades, we have access to some of the top clinicians in their specialty.

Drug rehab treatment is but one part of the process of recovery. By fully understanding what issues may be leading you to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, we can offer tools and strategies for success in life-long recovery.
 

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