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What Does It Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?

Having a dual diagnosis means you are addicted to a substance but you also have a mental illness that needs to be taken into account. Those suffering from dual diagnosis not only have issues with substance abuse but may also have emotional or psychiatric illness including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders, Gambling Addiction, Sex Addiction and Eating Disorders. When this occurs, the addiction can be more severe and will require a dual diagnosis capable treatment center.

What Is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

Dual diagnosis treatment centers need to be able to help each patient in a individualized and specialized way. This includes offering multiple types of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, individual and group therapy.
Recovery Solutions Network has a full staff of prestigious medical and psychiatric doctors, psychologists, therapists, chemical dependency counselors, spiritual advisors, and fitness and nutrition experts to address the complex physical, emotional/mental and spiritual components of those with a dual diagnosis.

How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

To properly treat dual diagnosis, the patient needs to receive care for both their mental illness and substance abuse simultaneously. Both issues need to be addressed equally for a successful recovery. Here are a couple treatment methods to handle this kind of situation:

Detoxification. Detoxification, the process by which the human body gets ride of substances, is designed to manage the body while stopping drug abuse. During this cleansing process our highly trained medical staff monitor patients 24/7. If necessary, the staff may administer medications to assist in the withdrawal of substances which can lead to possible unpleasant and potentially fatal side effects.

Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is normally a part of a larger treatment plan. Specifically, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a time sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching patient’s skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior. Psychotherapy helps people with dual diagnosis learn how to cope and change their mindset to help reduce the risk of substance abuse.

Self-Help and Support Groups. Support groups help patients deal with dual diagnosis by allowing them to share their frustrations, successes, and even find specialists that could help them even further.

Types of Co-Occurring Disorders We Can Treat

• Bipolar Disorder/Mania
• Depression
• Anxiety Disorders
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Personality Disorders
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Schizophrenia