10 Things You Should Know About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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Dual Diagnosis can be comprised of multiple substance abuse and mental health issues affecting one person. What is more, many people affected by dual diagnosis can function normally and may even seem fine to the outside world. But in order to help someone who might be affected by these ailments, it is important to know that different combinations of dual diagnosis can include alcoholism and depression, opiate addiction and anxiety disorder, or cocaine and sexual addiction. Whatever the combination, each disorder worsens the other and allows the user to become dependent on both.

Substance Abuse With A Mental Disorder Is Very Common

Almost 70% of people with drug and alcohol addictions also suffer from a mental disorder like anxiety, depression, anger or sexual addiction. It is estimated that 17.5 million Americans suffer from a mental disorder every year and about 4 million of those people also struggle with an alcohol or drug addiction.

  1. It Is Common For A Person To Only Receive Treatment For One Ailment

According to statistics, only 12 percent of people with a dual diagnosis receive treatment for both disorders. When a patient is only treated for one of their disorders, they may seem to progress in their recovery, but in reality, the disorder that was not treated will cause the patient to relapse. This is why treatment for both substance abuse and mental health is crucial for a patient to have a real chance at a full recovery.

4. Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health Treatments Prevent Relapse

At Transitions Recovery Program, we understand how important it is to not only treat substance abuse, but also the anxiety and depression that has fueled our patients to use again and again. Through our treatments of substance abuse and mental health disorders, we identify and address all of our patients mental health issues and substance abuse problems. This frees our patients from their past, which in turn prevents them from using drugs and alcohol in the future.


  1. Recovery Achieved By Detoxification and Medication Is Superficial

Because many patients have a dual diagnosis, simply getting the drug out of their system and putting them on new medication is not going to cut it. At Transitions Recovery, we have some of the best dual diagnosis experts of psychiatry, psychology, and counseling. They not only educate patients on how to manage their disorder, but also provide special psychiatric therapy to heal the troubled pasts many of our patients have experienced.


  1. It Is Important To Focus On Education Of Each Patient’s Disorders

Education on the mental and physical aspects of a patient’s dual diagnosis is crucial when overcoming substance abuse and going through treatment. This may include lectures, group sessions, and individual sessions depending on the patient’s particular situation. This allows a patient to understand their disorders so they can better manage the affects these disorders have on their lives.


  1. 12- Step Programs Are Crucial Components For Dual Diagnosis Recovery

Our 12-step programs are very influential during the treatment of dual diagnosis. Each program is specifically catered for each individual’s specific needs and journey through recovery. These programs are administered in-house using the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, having been effective in many organizations including ours.


  1. Group Therapy Plays A Key Role In Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Group therapy is very therapeutic for each patient because it allows them not only to step outside themselves, but also supports a community of acceptance and understanding as each patient knows what the other is going through better than anyone else. This comradery of recovery is very important for education purposes as well. Our group sessions that are proven most effective involve compulsive gambling, cocaine/heroin addiction, eating disorders and nutrition, nicotine cessation, grief and trauma, healthy sexuality, women’s, and men’s groups.


  1. The Best Treatments Involve Relapse Prevention

As mentioned above, relapse can only be prevented if both disorders are treated properly. This means that an effective self-help program will involve a thorough relapse program to address and educate patients on signs of relapse, and what to do when faced with the challenges life may throw their way during recovery. Each relapse prevention program at Transitions Recovery is uniquely designed depending on our patient’s needs. We feel this is the best way to ensure every person gets full attention and training on how to manage their diseases in real life.


  1. Transitions Recovery Offers Powerful Treatment Programs For Dual Diagnosis

With our amazing staff of professional doctors, nurses, therapists, and counselors, along with our many different mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, Transitions Recovery is one of the few recovery centers in the nation to fully address the many dangerous effects of dual diagnosis. Through our undivided attention of care and education,  we give our patients a chance to fully recover from their addiction and mental disorder and live a sober life. If you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug addiction, combined with a possible mental health disorder, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Get help now and save your life in the process 1-800-298-1783

By |2016-02-28T16:29:29+00:00February 28th, 2016|Blog, Dual Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis Treatment|
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