Dual Diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders, is a very broad category containing issues that occur when a patient has a mood disorder such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder accompanied by a problem with drugs or alcohol. The drugs and alcohol are often used as self-medication for the mood disorder, but that doesn’t mean that if you treat the mood disorder the problem with drugs or alcohol will go away. They both must be addressed simultaneously in order for someone to successfully move into recovery. It can also occur the other way around, where long term use of drugs or alcohol may cause a mood disorder or mental health issue through the continued effects on a person’s mood, thoughts, and brain activity. The good news is that both mood disorders and drug/alcohol problems are treatable illnesses, and a good treatment center will be able to handle them simultaneously. Our network of treatment providers contains multiple locations in multiple states that are able to effectively apply dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorders. Call now to find a center near you (866) 347-8319.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
In modern recovery therapy, if you’re not attending a facility that specializes in dual diagnosis therapy, you risk treating only half the problem, and getting no results.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Have you been self-medicating?
A common question about dual diagnosis is why are drugs and alcohol used to self-medicate? Sometimes it’s because the person is unaware they have a mood disorder. What may be plainly visible from a third party perspective is not always apparent to the person in question. However, the person may have found that when they are feeling particularly energetic, perhaps too energetic for the people around them (this would be the manic side of bipolar disorder), a stiff drink or three might calm them down some, allowing them to socially interact with greater ease. This is how the self-medication begins. The problem with this is twofold. One, the person begins to rely on drugs or alcohol to stay “level”. Two, once the drugs or alcohol wear off, the original condition they were masking may return even worse than before. This self-medicating process may cause a person’s mental health or mood disorder to go undiagnosed for long periods of time.
How frequently do people suffer from co-occurring disorders?
Dual diagnosis is more common than most people think. About a third of all people experiencing mental illness and about half of people living with severe mental illness also have a substance abuse issue. The substance abuse community also reports that about a third of all alcohol abusers have reported some sort of mental illness, and more than half of drug users report mental health issues as well. The challenge with getting exact numbers and ratios with these issues is a chicken and the egg complex. Which came first, the substance or the disorder? The great thing about dual diagnosis therapies is that it doesn’t matter in terms of recovery. Both will be addressed, the underlying cause of the problems will be revealed, and both issues will be treated simultaneously allowing the patient to start living a normal life and functioning as a productive, happy individual.
What else should I know?
For people struggling with co-occurring disorders, physical safety and overall health are a major concern. Because of the compounded nature of the issues, the impairment of skills is greater, the chances of drug and alcohol side effects are increased, the risks they pose to themselves and others increase, and the chances of successful treatment outside of a specialized facility drop tremendously. For you or your loved one’s best chance at a full recovery from co-occurring conditions, call us today and we’ll get you into a specialized facility that can treat people in need of dual diagnosis therapy.
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Common Mental Health Conditions That Co-Occur With Substance Abuse
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorders
Common Signs Of Co-Occurring Conditions
Because both mental health issues and drug and alcohol issues can be present, it can often be difficult to tell exactly what conditions someone is suffering from unless you are a trained professional. We highly suggest looking through our other conditional pages to see what symptoms may fit in order to help locate the right facility, but here are some dual diagnosis specific symptoms.
- Withdrawal From Friends And Family
- Sudden Changes In Behavior
- Feelings Of Need For The Drug In Order To Function
- Doing Things Not Normally Done To Maintain Their Habit
- Engaging In Risky Behavior While Drunk Or High
- Loss Of Control Over Use Of Substances
- Using Substances Under Dangerous Conditions