A dual diagnosis treatment program is one that treats both the addiction and any co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders may be depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. These treatments can occur either at the same time or one after the other.
More often than you might imagine, drug or alcohol addiction can mask mental illness, or vice-versa. It’s estimated that as many as half of those with substance addictions also suffer from mental health disorders. Conversely, at least a quarter of those with mental illness also suffer from addiction. A combination of the two – commonly known as “dual diagnosis” – is so prevalent that our trauma program was built to treat it.
Mental illness and substance abuse are dangerously synergetic. A mental disorder may cause an individual to seek “relief” in the form of drugs or alcohol, exacerbating the disorder and increasing the degree of substance abuse. It is a vicious cycle and can complicate treatment efforts if not identified properly.
It stands to reason that an individual who receives treatment for addiction but not their underlying mental disorder is likely to relapse once treatment is complete. Even those who are dually diagnosed but do not treat both the disorder and dependency with equal attention are at risk of compromised recovery.
- Typically, dual diagnosis clients may display one or more of the following behaviors:
- Inability to maintain sobriety
- Difficulty with intimacy
- Erratic mood swings
- Inability to maintain employment
- Difficulty formulating and conveying thoughts
- Socially inept or solitary tendencies
- Inability to manage finances or control spending
- Violent tendencies or uncontrolled anger
Those who seek treatment for a dual-diagnosis are taught to develop and follow a treatment plan for their mental illness that complements the treatment plan for their addiction. Through treatment, dual-diagnosis clients learn skills to cope with their addiction and receive therapy for their mental illness. APN Lodge will provide a dual approach to help you utilize a larger support network and start living a joyful, fulfilling, and purposeful life.
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