5 Things You Should Know About Dual Diagnosis Treatment - USA Addictions

The Facts About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

  • Dual diagnosis is not rare and comes in many forms– In many cases dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction there are underlying issues that contribute or feed the addiction. On another hand, using drugs and alcohol can also cause you to developmental issues like depression. There are countless forms of dual diagnosis from a person suffering from depression and drinking to a person suffering from schizophrenia and using heroin.
  • Dual diagnosis can be difficult to detect– Since mental illness and substance abuse have very similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference at first glance. It takes a well-trained staff to detect the underlying issues and get to the source. If you believe you or someone you love is in need of evaluation for dual diagnosis, finding a treatment center that has the qualified staff is the key to a successful recovery process.
  • Dual diagnosis may take longer to complete– In general, substance abuse treatment is not a quick fix. Drug and alcohol rehab can range from 30 days to year, but adding mental illness to the process adds more time. Dual diagnosis moves at the patient’s pace, in order to ensure a higher success rate.
  • Patients with dual diagnosis are high-risk– Coping with mental illness is extremely difficult. Factoring in addiction adds in more triggers and stressful situations. These symptoms can create a high suicide rate and violent tendencies when dealing with dual diagnosis.
  • The best treatment program for dual diagnosis is integrated treatment – You cannot treat them separately. These issues need to be addressed at the same time, to help figure out which is triggering the other or if they are feeding on each. Integrated treatment helps to address issues in both areas at the same because treating one issue first often leads to relapses or is in general more difficult to handle when in treatment. Treating both addiction and mental illness at the same time addresses all concerns and issues.

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