When an individual who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction enters treatment, the number one priority is helping the addict address and overcome their substance abuse. For those who struggle with substance abuse, substance dependence or addiction, they will undergo an individualized plan of treatment which includes individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training and aftercare programs that focus on relapse prevention. Through the recovery plan instituted in drug treatment, the addict will become substance free and get the tools and support needed to achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
While a mandatory piece of the recovery puzzle, helping the addict to stop using drugs and alcohol only constitutes a small part of an addict’s long-term sobriety. It is often said that drug use is a symptom of a deeper mental issue, and unless those mental issues are addressed the addict will continue being trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction. For those who may suffer from those deep-seated issues, they must find drug treatment that has an emphasis on dual diagnosis. If you are seeking more information on dual diagnosis drug treatment or are looking for a reputable drug treatment center that features effective dual diagnosis treatment that is proven to work, call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today.
What is Dual-Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction?
For those who may not be familiar with dual diagnosis treatment philosophy, a short definition and description may be helpful. Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe the method of diagnosing people with mental illness who have coexisting issues with drugs and/or alcohol. The relationship between the two is complex and involves social, biological and environmental factors. In a drug rehab setting, the treatment of those with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness is more complicated than the treatment of either condition alone. Unfortunately, this is a common situation due to the fact that many people with mental illness have ongoing substance abuse problems and vice versa.
Prior to the 1990’s, people who were experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder were often treated separately from those who sought help for drug or alcohol abuse. In the event these conditions overlapped, clients were often denied treatment for a mental illness until they got clean and sober. Unfortunately, because substance abuse is often driven by an underlying psychiatric disorder, this meant that many people with a dual diagnosis of addiction and a mental disorder never got the help they needed.
For those who have a mental illness, they oftentimes will turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication. While people with diagnosed mental disorders may abuse substances, this phenomenon is more often seen in those people who are undiagnosed and “suffer in silence”. For these people, drugs and alcohol are a convenient way to minimize and internal anguish and suffering they experience.
While substances can provide those with mental illnesses short-term relief, drugs and alcohol can worsen underlying mental illnesses over time. Without professional help, the deeper roots that cause people to turn to substances in the first place will never be addressed. Additionally, drugs and alcohol can cause a person without mental illness to experience the onset of symptoms for the first time.
How Common is Dual Diagnosis in Addiction?
The prevalence of drug abuse and mental illness is more common than many people may think. The following statistics from SAMHSA states the following:
- It is estimated that about 17.5 million Americans over the age of 18–or 8 percent of the entire adult population–had a serious mental health disorder in the past year. Of these, about 4 million people also struggled with a co-occurring drug or alcohol dependency.
- In the span of six years, the percentage of patients in drug rehab seeking help for addiction issues who were also diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder increased from 12 percent to 16 percent.
- More than half of those living with co-occurring drug abuse and mental health issues did not receive any medical treatment or psychotherapeutic intervention to help them progress in their recovery.
- It is estimated that of the adults living with co-occurring disorders, 34 percent receive mental health treatment, 2 percent enroll in drug rehab, and 12 percent get the help they need for both disorders.
- Of the almost 3 million adults employed and living with a Dual Diagnosis, only about 40 percent received any treatment intervention at all for either disorder and less than 5 percent received treatment for both issues.
Common Mental Health Diagnoses Found With Substance Abuse Issues
Common dual diagnosis disorders that are found to occur alongside substance dependence or abuse include the following:
- Anxiety disorders
- Moderate to severe depression
- Personality disorders
- Mood disorders
In many cases, symptoms of the mental health disorder appear first. As they become more and more overwhelming, the patient may attempt to “treat” those symptoms by using different drugs. For example, people who are living with anxiety may try to calm themselves by smoking marijuana. Conversely, someone dealing with an eating disorder may attempt to further their weight loss attempts by abusing stimulant drugs like cocaine or crystal meth. In other cases, the drug addiction comes first and due to chronic drug abuse, mental health issues can develop later due to the fact that drug use alters brain function over time.
What are the Common Symptoms Seen With Dual Diagnosis?
For those who struggle with substance abuse and a mental disorder simultaneously, the symptoms can be widely varied. There are many combinations of disorders that can occur, but the most hallmark symptoms seen in those who have dual diagnosis issues can include the following:
- Withdrawal from friends and family.
- Sudden changes in behavior.
- Using substances under dangerous conditions.
- Engaging in risky behaviors when drunk or high.
- Loss of control over substance use.
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to maintain your habit.
- Developing tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
- Feeling like you need the drug to be able to function.
Additional symptoms include wide and unpredictable mood swings, confused thinking, problems concentrating and thoughts of suicide.
How Is Our Florida Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Program Different?
When people who have dual diagnosis issues enter drug treatment, treatment centers that specialize in treating co-occurring disorders will utilize therapy and treatment options that will help target the deeper psychological issues. For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) will help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues unlearn preconceived notions about their life and the way they have chosen to make decisions. In addition to CBT and other forms of behavioral modification therapy, more holistic based therapies such as nutritional therapy and spiritual counseling can help calm the mind.
Take Advantage of Our Florida Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center at Ocean Breeze Recovery
No matter which disorder develops first, both the drug addiction and the mental health disorder should be treated simultaneously at a treatment center whose focus is on dual diagnosis. Because the symptoms and effects of one disorder often trigger and drive the other disorder, both issues must be addressed through comprehensive treatment. As one of the pre-eminent drug treatment facilities in Florida, Ocean Breeze Recovery Center is a leading provider for alcohol and drug treatment that features effective treatment programming that focuses on the complex nature of dual diagnosis. The experienced, friendly and caring staff at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center can tailor an individualized drug treatment plan that best fits the unique needs of each individual.
With our unique holistic-based treatment approach, you will be able to address all facets of your drug addiction and get the tools and support you need to heal in mind, body, and spirit. If you have questions regarding your insurance, our experience member representatives will evaluate your current insurance coverage, and in the event that you are underinsured or uninsured, we can find alternate ways for you to get the treatment you need while providing you financial peace of mind. For more information, please contact Ocean Breeze Recovery Center toll-free at 1-855-960-5341,