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Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Addressing the Relationship between Addiction and Mental Illness

Chemical dependency is rarely, if ever, an isolated condition. There are generally underlying factors that have contributed to the formation of addition. Until these factors are addressed in treatment, patients will likely have a difficult time staying clean. Dual-diagnosis treatment is an approach that simultaneously addresses patients’ addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. While this type of treatment is becoming increasingly common, not all facilities are equipped to address dual-diagnosis cases. Long Island Addiction Resources can help you or your loved one find quality dual-diagnosis treatment so you can start taking your life back. Your recovery begins with a phone call.

What Happens in Dual-Diagnosis Treatment?

When an individual suffers from a co-occurring disorder (simultaneous addiction and mental health issue), it can be very hard for them to distinguish which condition caused the other. Over time, the line between substance abuse and mental illness gets blurred until it essentially becomes one intolerable condition. Dual-diagnosis treatment helps patients distinguish the two diseases and treat each individually.

While it’s critical that patients get the help they need to address the immediate factors of their addiction (withdrawal, health-related concerns, etc.), they also need to identify the factors that led to their substance abuse in the first place. Dual-diagnosis treatment offers a variety of therapies that help patients overcome their co-occurring disorders, including:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individualized Counseling
  • Detox and Withdrawal Management
  • Referral to Post-Treatment Psychotherapy

Patients should leave their dual-diagnosis treatment program with a comprehensive plan to further pursue their recovery.

What Conditions Does Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Address?

Dual-diagnosis treatment offers help for a variety of mental health issues, including but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar Disorder

Besides leading to substance abuse and addiction, these mental health issues can have a serious impact on sufferers’ quality of life and make it very difficult for them to realize their full potential. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that individuals who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction are roughly twice as likely to develop mental illness, and vice versa. The link between substance abuse and mental illness can no longer be ignored or overlooked.

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Am I A Candidate for Dual-Diagnosis Treatment?

Each course of rehab should begin with a thorough assessment and comprehensive evaluation to determine if the patient is a candidate for dual-diagnosis treatment. Generally speaking, all addiction rehab has a mental health component to it; however, dual-diagnosis often takes it a step further by effectively offering two simultaneous courses of treatment so patients can experience a well-rounded recovery.The assessment process should include a thorough substance abuse and mental health history taken by a trained professional. If it is determined that a patient is eligible for dual-diagnosis treatment, their care will begin shortly after assessment. Dual-Diagnosis treatment can be offered in an inpatient or outpatient setting, although many patients may benefit from a more intense level of care offered by inpatient programs. Some patients with a longer history of substance abuse and mental illness may even require long-term care in supportive housing.

The First Step Is Finding Quality Care

No matter how deep you’ve fallen into addiction or mental illness, there is always a way out. Long Island Addiction Resources is determined to help you or your loved one find a lifeline to comprehensive dual-diagnosis treatment so you can overcome your co-occurring disorder and get back to being your vibrant and strong self. Things may seem scary and confusing now, but our experienced and qualified representatives will work to help you make sense of your dual-diagnosis treatment needs and get the right kind of help.