What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual diagnosis is a treatment method used for a patient that has been diagnosed with both an addiction and a mental disorder. Before dual diagnosis treatment was invented in the early 1990’s people experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder were treated separately from those seeking treatment for substance abuse.
Often times though addiction and mental health diseases, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, and OCD overlap with substance abuse. Substance abuse is often driven by underlying mental health disorders, which means that patients often didn’t receive the help and care needed for treatment. When these mental health disorders and substance abuse overlap, they are also known as co-occurring disorders.
Signs and symptoms of a person with an addiction problem include:
- Struggling to keep up with school or work
- Neglecting responsibilities at school, work or home
- Staying up late at night and sleeping during the day
- Withdrawing from others, including friends and family
- Expressing guilt or regret about compulsive behavior
- Experiencing withdrawal systems
- Extreme or high-risk behavior
Signs and Symptoms of a person struggling with mental illness include:
- Expressed feelings of despair, worthlessness, and hopelessness
- Following complicated rituals
- Dramatic changes in mind and energy
- Difficulty maintaining obligations such as school or work
- Isolating one’s self
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders
Today dual diagnosis recovery blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment. It is crucial to treat co-occurring disorders together, because both disorders play off of each other. It is reported that in 2002, only 12% of the 4 million American adults suffering from co-occurring disorders received the treatment needed for both conditions.
At A New Start, Inc. we have successfully treated many patients who suffer from a co-occurring disorder with our intensive outpatient diagnosis treatment. Dual diagnosis treatments performed by our skilled therapists include: 12-Step, Family Systems, Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral, and Group Therapy Sessions.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and a dual diagnosis, A New Start can provide the individualized treatment needed. Long term recovery is the primary focus of the therapists and staff at our intensive outpatient addiction program. Please don’t hesitate, call us today at 1.844.TALK.ANS.