What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual Diagnosis is a term commonly used in substance abuse and addiction treatment. By definition Dual Diagnosis is when a patient suffers from both a mental illness and a problematic substance abuse/addiction condition. This can also be referred to as co-occurring disorders.
A New Start, Inc. specializes in Dual Diagnosis treatment. There are many mental health disorders that co-occur with substance abuse:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Self Harm
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 37% of individuals that suffer from alcoholism, and 53% of those in active addiction suffer from at least one mental illness. Almost one third of those suffering from mental illness also struggle with drug or alcohol addiction.
Substance abuse and addiction usually come into play when the person suffering from a mental illness start to “self medicate” with drugs or alcohol. Many of those who suffer from addiction problems see drugs and alcohol as a way to ease their mental disorders. This usually goes unnoticed until the drug and alcohol use consume their life. If you or someone you know has been experiencing these issues; professional treatment is needed as soon as possible.
Treatment for Dual Diagnosis and Why It Is So Important:
It is crucial to treat these co-occurring disorders at the same time, because both disorders play off of each other. Often when dealing with a dual diagnosis, it can be difficult to see which behavior is caused by which disorder. Patients with dual diagnosis are known for relapse because their mental illness was overlooked in previous treatment. Choosing a reliable treatment center and program is an important decision, it can determine your success in recovery.
Recovery from Dual Diagnosis Disorder
At A New Start, Inc. we have successfully treated many patients who suffer from a co-occurring disorder with our intensive outpatient dual diagnosis treatment. With our individualized treatment plans, we know from day one, which patients fall into the dual diagnosis category.
We have a variety of dual diagnosis treatments that are taught by our highly skilled therapists and clinicians. Some of our dual diagnosis therapies include: 12-Step, Trauma, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, as well as Individual and Group Therapy Sessions.
A New Start, Inc. also offers sober living facilities, and an Alumni community to be there for patients who are making this journey down the path of recovery. With the proper treatment and therapy we know that our patients can gain their freedom back from addiction and mental health disorders. To contact A New Start, Inc. now, call us at (844) TALK-ANS, we are here for you anytime of day. Start a new life in recovery today!