All the Things You Should Know About Dual Diagnosis

Jul 21, 2023 | Rehab

Co-occurring mental and behavioral health issues are frequently present in those who struggle with substance use disorders. Treatment is significantly more difficult because of the intricate relationships between the two.

But did you know that in the past, treatments for substance use disorder and mental health illnesses were typically kept apart?

Fortunately, because of unending studies by experts, co-occurring disorders are now treated hand-in-hand. Besides, it was proven that treating them with a dual diagnosis treatment program is much more effective than treating co-occurring disorders separately.

What is the Treatment for Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis treatment is a program that addresses both mental or behavioral health illnesses and substance use disorders, such as alcoholism or drug addiction. With an estimated 8.5 million Americans currently experiencing co-occurring illnesses, this is a very prevalent condition. This treatment aims to address both issues at once. And also understanding the complex connection between substance abuse and mental health.

What Are the Mental Health Disorders That Coexist with Addiction?

Substance use disorder is frequently associated with a variety of mental disorders and behavioral issues, including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders

What Indicates an Individual Needs Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Anyone dealing with a mental disease or behavioral health disorder – diagnosed or undiagnosed – as well as substance misuse, abuse, or addiction, may benefit from a dual diagnosis.

The following are some indications that dual diagnosis treatment may be necessary:

  • Increased isolation
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and the community
  • Secretiveness and lying
  • Increasing tolerance on a substance
  • Misusing or abusing prescription medications
  • Turning to alcohol or drugs to cope with mental illness symptoms
  • Difficulty managing everyday tasks or responsibilities
  • Inability to maintain employment
  • Frequent problems in relationships with others
  • Neglecting health and personal hygiene

In general, dual diagnosis treatment targets underlying issues to give people the tools they need to make significant lifestyle changes.

It may involve a combination of individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other scientifically established techniques.

Taylor Recovery customizes dual diagnosis treatment to each patient’s particular need.

Our rehab facility provides clients with the care and support they need from our programs, like Residential Treatment, Medical Detox, IOP, PHP, and more.

Reach out to our team today to take the first step toward recovery.