Dual Diagnosis

How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs Help Substance Abuse & Mental Health Disorders


If you talk about the actual ratio, nearly half of the people addicted to drugs or alcohol have a dual diagnosis disorder, which means that apart from the drug and alcohol addiction, they also have another form of mental health disorder which may or may not be related to their substance abuse disorder too.

In order to treat people with dual diaganosis disorders, rehab centers often provide customized dual diagnosis treatment programs to help those affected with it by working with expert treatment professionals and ideally a top notch rehabilitation facility that can help patients treat their addiction and mental health disorder in union so that person can detox, rehab, recover, and eventually find long-lasting freedom from their addiction.

One rehab center that is helping thousands of addicts and people with dual-diagnosis disorders is the Beach House Center for Recovery who is located in sunny Juno Beach, Florida and offers a state-of-the-art rehab facility with top-tier addiction treatment experts, doctors, compassionate staff, modern rooms, an in-house chef, and so many more great amenities that are helping people from all over the country that travel there for alcohol, drugs, and/or dual diagnosis disorder treatment to get the help they need and recover from their addiction(s), no matter what it is or how long they’ve suffered.

Learning more about the dual diagnosis treatment programs

Dual diagnosis treatment is a set of programs which takes a comprehensive approach for treating the substance use disorders that co-occur with another mental illness such as depression, stress or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The main goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to assist clients with these co-occurring disorders which are also known as comorbidities. The treatments are all about coping with both the illness (alcohol and anxiety for instance) via a combination of medication and behavioraltherapies. 

Signs of dual diagnosis to look out for:

  • Sleeping problems (insomnia or sleeping too much)
  • Feelings of despair, despondency or worthlessness
  • Hallucinations and/or irrational thoughts
  • Running away from the responsibilities at home, work or school
  • Using drugs or alcohol to cope/self-medicate
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Mood swings, sudden changes in behavior and/or personality
  • Visible changes in weight or appetite
  • Problems in relationship
  • Severe tension or anxiety

Dual Diagnosis and Treatment patterns:

Particularly, a dual diagnosis disorder is best diagnosed and treated by a multidisciplinary team of clinical and medical professionals in a professional and trusted drug and alcohol rehab facility by following the further two steps.

  • Medical detox from one or more substances are the initial and essential steps towards the diagnosis. The procedure is medically managed drug or alcohol withdrawal, where the medical staff carefully analyzes the symptoms 24×7. Apart from noticing the symptoms, they also ensure whether the symptoms are occurring because of the withdrawal alone or linked to another mental illness.
  • Inpatient Rehab is the second step which helps to do the accurate diagnosis right after the detox is completed and the remnants of one or more drugs have been eliminated from the body. The inpatient offer patients with the most intensive level of care available within a drug-free environment. This exposes the clear opportunity to closely monitor any lingering symptom of withdrawal, which is a very common phenomenon which is also known as “PAWS” (post-acute withdrawal syndrome)—and other comorbidities.

Once the patient’s dual diagnosis disorder has been resolved, then the clinical experts go for the MAT (medication-assisted treatment) which is administered in combination with targeted behavioral therapies.

If you or a loved one has a dual-diagnosis disorder or you feel you or someone you may know shows syptoms of it, help is a quick phone call away. If you are at this point, then you should consider contacting the Beach House Center for Recovery today and speak confidentially 24/7 with an expert about what you can do to get help quick. They accept most insurances too for addiction treatments and more too.

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