As its name suggests, dual diagnosis happens when a person is diagnosed with two disorders at the same time. In the context of drug treatment, it's a combination of a mental health disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Someone might be bipolar and addicted to prescription medications, for example, or suffer from depression and also be addicted to alcohol.
While it's not always clear why it happens, the truth is that many, many people who have mental health disorders also have addictions. Likewise, many people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol also develop mental health disorders. Whichever one came first, the result can be a dual diagnosis. The solution, meanwhile, is dual diagnosis treatment. Drug Treatment Centers Harrison offers people help finding rehab centers. Call us today at 914-829-5816 and explore your options.
People experience a host of mental health disorders related to a dual diagnosis. While this is far from an exhaustive list, the disorders can include:
- Personality disorders such as paranoia, narcissism or borderline personality disorders
As mentioned previously, people with mental health disorders experience addiction problems at a much higher rate than the general population, and people with addictions also have higher rates of developing mental illness than the general population. In fact, about 50 percent of people with drug addictions also had mental health issues, according to a study conducted in the U.S. Meanwhile, about 33 percent of people with mental disorders or alcohol addictions were given a dual diagnosis.
Perhaps most concerning is that only about half of the people with co-occurring disorders receive recovery support. Thus, you're making a very smart choice by seeking treatment now, ensuring you have the best chance possible of success.
When you enter a treatment program, you can expect to go through any number of interventions. Depending on your situation, you may choose in-patient or out-patient care. In both cases, your treatment will be quite intensive, and you may undergo one or more of the following treatments:
Psychotherapy- Your treatment center experience will likely include group therapy, one-on-one therapy and even sessions with your family, helping everyone learn to heal and to cope with the dual diagnosis.
Psychopharmacology- Your treatment team may also prescribe one or more pharmaceuticals to help you cope with drug or alcohol withdrawals, manage your moods and get on the road to a more stable life.
Behavioral management- You'll also learn strategies for coping with triggers in your daily life, how to manage anger, depression or other moods, and where to go for help when you're having a difficult time.
After care services and management after mental health and addiction treatment
Once you've gone through a formal treatment program, you don't have to feel alone. You'll also have access to after care services that can help you stay on the right path. After care services following dual diagnosis recovery programs include individual and group counseling, family counseling and continuing psychopharmacology treatments. We'll also connect you with other after care and continuing care services in your community, to help you prevent a relapse.