Dual Diagnosis Rehab: Integrated Treatment That Works

Dual diagnosis rehab is an integrated treatment of both mental health and substance abuse that requires a great deal of time, attention, and personal effort. For some, dual diagnosis rehab is required to help patients return to a life of normalcy as they learn to address their co-occurring disorder properly. At Monarch Shores, we make a point to provide you with the answers and tools to properly deal with your depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental illnesses without the use of drugs and alcohol. Some people are often afraid of the stigma associated with mental illness and being an addict or alcoholic, but once you own this, you can begin to move forward with your life. You should not feel like you are alone, in 2015 of the 20.2 million people with an admitted substance abuse disorder, nearly 8 million also had a mental health disorder.

Our staff has worked with a number of clients with co-occurring disorders that have developed before or after the onset of the addiction. We understand that entering a rehabilitation program is difficult, but it’s also necessary if you desire to finally embrace sobriety. Choosing an inpatient dual diagnosis rehab center in California is the beginning of a journey towards recovery and stable mental health.

Mental Health Disorders Treated at Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

When a person suffers from a substance use disorder, while also possessing a mental illness they are considered to have a co-occurring disorder, also known as a dual diagnosis. The mental health disorder can exist before an individual develops an addiction or as a result of them abusing drugs or alcohol for a long period of time. Regardless of which came first, inpatient dual diagnosis treatment centers address both issues.

A dual-diagnosis program is a great choice for the addict who has spent many confusing years coping with unwanted emotions and thoughts. Many addicts will discover an underlying mental illness they did not know they had.

Common Mental Health Disorders Treated at Dual Diagnosis Rehab

In our experience, we’ve seen that the most common forms of mental health disorder include mood or anxiety disorders. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States are said to be affected by some form of mental illness, while another 18% of people deal specifically with an anxiety disorder. So which ones should you or a loved one be wary of when it comes to dual diagnosis? Listed below are just a few examples:

Mood Related Disorders

  • Major depression
  • Dysthemia
  • Bipolar Disorders
Anxiety-related disorders

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with or shown signs of a mental health disorder it’s important to seek the proper medical aid and not use addictive substances as a coping method. Choosing to engage in drug abuse or alcoholism will only worsen one’s mental state and require additional medical care.

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Luckily, in the past few decades, a huge revamping of rehabilitation techniques has addressed the issue of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Typically, most addicts enter treatment with an underlying mental illness. Luckily, most rehabilitation centers in California now recognize the need for treating both parts of the problem. Dual diagnosis treatment must be highly personalized because addiction and mental illness are two sides of the same coin.

Self-medication refers to the use of substances as a coping strategy. For example, a heroin addict may also be dealing with bipolar disorder, and they use in order to calm the high energy symptoms of mania.

How Can Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Help

Fortunately, many centers now adopt the practice of co-occurring disorder treatment, which is now considered an important methodology. The best dual treatment centers work hard to understand the addict’s situation and devise a specific treatment plan unique to the patient. This personalized strategy helps to target any issues that might prevent continued sobriety.

By helping to enrich the mind, while training the addict to adopt productive strategies for mental health issues, the dual diagnosis program produces long-lasting methods of coping with both mental illness and substance abuse.

By working to build up the individual’s core strengths for coping, top rated dual diagnosis rehabs will prepare the individual for a lifetime of sobriety. By working with licensed psychiatrists on a one-on-one level, the patients are able to dig deep into their past, their mental issues, and their drug or alcohol abuse.

What Happens in a Dual Diagnosis Rehab

An inpatient dual diagnosis program will lead the addict through a process of detox, and cultivate a safe, caring environment intended for healing.

A dual disorder treatment program will include the following:

  • Detox process: You will be monitored by a team of medical professionals during your detox process. Of course, depending on the substance, medication may or may not be necessary to ease the physical toll of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Inpatient Addiction Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is usually implemented to help the addict learn to develop new coping strategies, and handle negative thought patterns in a positive, productive way. Coping skills tools are also given to dual diagnosis patients to deal with thoughts of using drugs or alcohol.
  • Mental Health Therapy: Our facility offers a psychiatrist for patients to meet with and begin working on their mental illness.
  • Aftercare: Upon completion of rehab, our facility will find out aftercare facilities in your area that can help you stay sober after treatment. For dual diagnosis patients, this may include addiction support groups and psych doctors in your local area. Aftercare can be a great way for addicts to continue working on their sobriety and build a great support group.

Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Centers

A residential dual diagnosis treatment center will include many benefits that help with recovery:

  • Support from other addicts: Entering a dual diagnosis rehab program can be scary. Being around other addicts who have similarly complicated backgrounds can bring some positive perspective, and help the addict to know they are not alone.
  • Medication: The use of medication in rehab is important. Medication can help to treat withdrawal symptoms from specific drugs, or other medication may be used to treat mental health symptoms.
  • Treatment: For dual diagnosis treatment, inpatient programs are crucial. Being away from triggers, such as people and places that cause you to use, will help you to develop new positive habits and patterns of thought. Since mental illness and substance abuse are so strongly related, it is important to learn new habits away from a familiar environment. Digging into past traumas and understanding why a person uses can help them prevent relapse in the future.

Join the Best Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in California

Many addicts require dual diagnosis treatment—dealing with mental illness as a condition apart from substance abuse is simply impossible, and counterproductive to continued sobriety.

If you are looking for the right dual diagnosis rehab center, don’t hesitate in making that first step today.

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