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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

An estimated 8.9 million adults have a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.

However, only 7.8 percent will receive treatment for both conditions, and 55.8 percent do not get any type of treatment. Without being treated concurrently for both conditions, a person has a high risk of relapse. This comorbidity, or the occurrence of more than one disorder at the same time, is very common but not always adequately treated.

Recovery from alcohol or drug abuse or addiction is difficult, and the rate of relapse can be high, depending on the effectiveness of treatment. The rate is similar to that for other chronic conditions requiring life-long maintenance, such as diabetes or heart disease. In order to reduce the risk of relapse, a person needs to receive early diagnosis and treatment for all underlying and co-occurring disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment programs, such as that at Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers, provide concurrent treatment for all conditions in order to accurately address the problem and provide the best chance for recovery. You can learn more by calling our Admissions team at (646) 666-7461.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis refers to a person who has been diagnosed with more than one disorder. For example, a person might have depression and be addicted to alcohol, or a person might have anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder. It is also possible to have more than two disorders concurrently, such as having depression and drug addiction. Dual diagnosis programs provide treatment for all conditions concurrently. If only one of the disorders is treated, then a person has a higher chance of relapse, because the conditions are often interrelated. For example, a person who is depressed might drink to dull the emotional pain. If only the alcohol abuse is treated, then a person will have a harder time remaining sober because he or she will still experience strong negative emotions without knowing how to properly manage them. However, if the depression and the drinking problem are both addressed, the person will have the proper tools to better withstand temptation and triggers.

What are the Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis?

There are no specific symptoms of dual diagnosis, as each condition has its own signs. It is often difficult to identify when a person has more than one condition because the symptoms of one disorder may mask the symptoms of another. The best way to identify someone who needs dual diagnosis treatment is a recurring condition that is not solved by one or more stays in mental health or drug and alcohol treatment centers. If a person continuously goes in and out of treatment facilities, then most likely he or she has underlying or co-occurring conditions that are not being addressed. The person should enter a dual diagnosis rehab instead, so that he or she can receive the appropriate treatment.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Treatment at dual diagnosis treatment facilities involves working on all conditions concurrently. The top dual diagnosis facilities, such as Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers, will conduct a thorough assessment upon admission to determine all underlying and co-occurring conditions. They use this assessment to customize the treatment plan to the person and his or her co-occurring conditions. The best form of treatment will include a combination of expressive and experiential therapeutic modalities, including individual and group therapy and alternative therapeutic activities such as meditation, yoga, equine therapy, and music and art therapy. This holistic approach provides a more well-balanced treatment that reduces the risk of relapse.

Finding a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

When looking at various mental health and drug or alcohol detox treatment centers in order to make a choice, it is important to ask questions to see if the center is also a dual diagnosis drug rehab or mental health facility. Looking at their licenses is one way to know whether they can provide the best treatment for multiple disorders. Having dual licenses for mental health and addiction treatment ensures that the care will genuinely address a dual diagnosis. Additionally, the people who work there should be multi-disciplinary staff specializing in a variety of conditions so that no matter what disorders a person has, the staff will be familiar with the best, most appropriate evidence-based treatment.

Dual Diagnosis at Drug Treatment Rehab Centers

Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers (DTRC) is a true dual diagnosis facility. This means we are dually licensed to treat mental health disorders and addiction. We conduct a thorough screening at admissions to detect all underlying and co-occurring conditions, which we use to customize a treatment program. We treat the individual—not the disorder. Our holistic approach follows a biopsychosocial model that reduces the risk of relapse. You can learn more about our programs by calling our Admissions team at (646) 666-7461.

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