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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Clients at Promises receive integrated dual diagnosis treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders. We are specially licensed and trained to treat a range of issues that co-occur with substance abuse such as trauma, anxiety, disordered eating, intimacy disorders, personality disorders, and depression and other mood disorders. Clients work with our psychiatric teams and master’s level clinicians to learn how to manage mental health conditions and address underlying issues that may contribute to them.

Through biopsychosocial assessments, our multidisciplinary teams identify underlying conditions that are fueling addiction and other destructive behaviors and develop treatment plans that address all of these challenges. During dual diagnosis rehab, clients participate in regular individual and group therapy to process emotions and develop new, recovery-promoting coping skills and relapse prevention strategies. We offer a blend of treatment options that includes traditional therapies and holistic methods, delivered by therapists with diverse backgrounds and therapeutic approaches.

About Co-Occurring Disorders

When a person suffers from alcohol or drug addiction, accompanying mental health disorders that are contributing to the addiction are known as co-occurring or co-morbid disorders. Also commonly referred to as dual diagnosis, these conditions include challenges like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals suffering from these illnesses often turn to alcohol, drugs or other destructive behaviors to ease the symptoms of their underlying disorder.

Co-occurring disorders, also called dual disorders or dual diagnosis, refers to the presence of both a mental health disorder and substance abuse. Studies show that one out of every two people with mental illness (such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder) also struggles with drug or alcohol abuse. Residential care at a dual diagnosis treatment center may be needed to effectively manage mental health symptoms and develop healthy coping skills for long-term sobriety.

The following types of mental illnesses are commonly seen in people with co-occurring disorders:

  • Depressive disorders such as major depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and panic disorder
  • Other psychiatric disorders, which may include schizophrenia and personality disorders

Preventing Relapse With Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Individuals who struggle with a dual diagnosis are at high risk for relapse if both issues are not addressed at the same time. Dual diagnosis rehab carefully considers and addresses the following characteristics of co-occurring disorders:

Self-medication – People with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety often use alcohol or drugs in an attempt to manage their symptoms. But substance abuse has side effects that can worsen or prolong the symptoms of mental illness in the long run. In addition, over time the substances no longer numb or relieve the mental illness symptoms.

Substance abuse may make mental health problems worse – Using alcohol or drugs may increase the symptoms of mental illness or trigger new symptoms. Interactions between alcohol and drugs and certain medications such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications may also make such medications ineffective.

The risk of underlying mental illness may increase with substance abuse – People who abuse alcohol and drugs and who have a vulnerability or susceptibility to a mental health disorder (mental disorders are caused by a complex interplay between genetics, environment and other factors) may develop symptoms of mental illness.

Get Expert Help Now

At Promises dual diagnosis treatment centers, our clinicians are licensed and trained to treat the range of psychiatric conditions that co-occur with substance abuse and other destructive behaviors. They have diverse backgrounds and skill sets in many types of psychotherapy, as well as a wide assortment of alternative strategies to help you discover what best supports your recovery. It’s possible to live the life you always imagined. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568.

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