Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment

When the term dual diagnosis is used, it most often refers to people who have been diagnosed with an addiction and a coexistent mental health disorder. The term is not precisely defined, and tends to be used informally but without this type of treatment many addicts will find that typical substance abuse rehabilitation does not help them. Dual diagnosis addiction treatment refers a evidence based rehabilitation method that addresses both the addictive behavior and the mental health disorder simultaneously so that one cannot interrupt the treatment of another. Residential treatment is always recommended for the treatment of any addiction because it offers the kind of care necessary to fully begin recovery additionally it can help patients understand how their addiction developed. Many times this is when patients find out that they require dual diagnosis addiction treatment. If you are suffering from alcoholism or a drug dependence and also suffer from depression or anxiety you may need dual diagnosis treatment.

Certified treatment centers that specialize in dual diagnosis addiction treatment evaluate each patient to understand if their addiction has been encouraged by a previous mental heath condition or if their addiction fueled a metal health disorder.  A dual diagnosis could refer to any two coexistent conditions. The term creates problems in that it only makes sense if two coexistent conditions have been diagnosed, more than half of American’s suffering from an addiction also suffer from some sort of metal health disorder however rarely do they get the treatment they need.

Common co-existing disorders include:

  • Alcoholism and Depression
  • Marijuana Addiction and OCD
  • Cocaine Addiction and Anxiety Disorders
  • Opioid addiction and PTSD
  • Heroin Addiction and Depression
  • Alcoholism and ADHD

What is the significance of dual diagnosis addiction treatment?

Making a dual diagnosis is important because if somebody with a diagnosed addiction problem has an undiagnosed mental disorder, the treatment for the addiction could make the mental condition worse. Secondly, the addiction treatment is very unlikely to be successful. Likewise, if somebody with a diagnosed mental disorder has an undiagnosed addiction problem, something that occurs far less often than the other scenario, the treatment of the mental problem can make the addiction worse, while the addiction is most likely to interfere with the treatment of the mental health issue.

Are coexistent addiction and mental health problems common?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that these two conditions coexist in about 50% of cases where people have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Substance use disorder includes alcohol and drugs use disorder, and represents a substantial chunk of the population. However, there are difficulties in gathering specific statistics due to lack of information and treatment gaps.

Issues detecting mental health disorders, stem from inadequate facilities and addicts who don’t seek help. However, SAMHSA also tells us that 25% of people with diagnosed mental health disorders also have addiction problems. It is clear from combining the known and estimated figures that the incidence of coexistent conditions is very high.

Dual diagnosis addiction treatment for you or your loved one

Dual diagnosis patients must be treated for both conditions at the same time. In Florida dual diagnosis addiction treatment facilities our patients consult with psycho-pharmacological and addiction experts. A treatment plan is prepared, and the patient’s progress is constantly monitored. To find out more, please call us.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.