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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

Alcohol and drug treatment programs can offer the best chance at recovery for those suffering from addictions and substance abuse problems. Many of the people who need the help of alcohol and drug treatment programs will also have co-occurring issues in addition to their chemical dependency. They may suffer from other mental health issues on top of the addiction such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD often due to trauma or abuse, or other addictive behaviors.

Destination Hope medical team focuses on dual diagnosis treatment with mental health diagnosis in conjunction with substance abuse

When a person has an addiction in addition to mental health issues, it is called a dual diagnosis. Since more than one third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of drug abusers have a dual diagnosis, it is imperative that alcohol and drug treatment programs be well versed in this area and offer it as a specialty track. The dual diagnoses we see the most often at our alcohol and drug treatment programs include depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

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The Double Demons of Depression and Addiction

It is estimated that upwards of six in every 10 individuals with a drug abuse problem also have an associated mental health condition. This is known as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. There’s always a reason people start using drugs, and oftentimes it’s a pre-existing mental condition. It may be something as simple as curiosity that gets the ball rolling, but for some, there is a deeper reason to use drugs. Interestingly, it is a two-way street, as addiction may heighten the risk of developing a mental illness as well.

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The Relationship Between Manic Depression, Suicide & Addiction

If you have a loved one with manic depression who also suffers from a substance use disorder, you probably know all too well the self-destructive behaviors associated with these co-occurring illnesses, including an increased risk of attempted suicide.

The most important thing you can do to help your loved one is to understand how manic depression, addiction, and suicide are related and what the research says about the best way to treat someone with these co-occurring disorders. Once you arm yourself with this information, you’ll likely find a renewed sense of hope, and that alone can help both you and your loved one approach treatment with a positive state of mind that will help improve the chances of long-term recovery.

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Overcoming Depression and Addiction In 30 Days

Overcoming depression and addiction during a 30 day treatment program may seem like a tall order- and one that may be holding you back from seeking help. While 30 days may not be enough time for everyone to overcome depression and addiction, it is enough time to make a significant change in your life no matter who you are and what your situation is. There’s no reason to wait.

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Are Depression and Addiction Hereditary?

Depression and addiction can sometimes be genetically-influenced. While not everyone who suffers from depression and addiction had to have a family history and not everyone with a family history will develop depression and addiction, people who do have a family history are faced with a significantly higher risk of developing them.

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Depression and Addiction: What You Need to Know As a Spouse

Depression and addiction is a common combination for a dual diagnosis. Learn more about what it means to have both depression and addiction, how depression and addiction are treated and how you may support your spouse in his efforts to get recovered. Depression and Addiction: A Frequent Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. It is not uncommon for the accompanying disorder to be a form of depression. Your spouse may have had depression prior to having an addiction. Some clients reach for substances such…

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Preventing Depression and Addiction

Depression and addiction are difficult to experience, but they can be treated. You can greatly reduce the odds of developing a dual diagnosis by engaging in measures of prevention although it should be noted that prevention cannot be guaranteed. The Dual Diagnosis of Depression and Addiction A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. A dual diagnosis of depression and addiction can be particularly difficult to manage. Sometimes it appears as if the consequences of addiction have led to a client’s development of depression, other times clients attempt…

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Robin Williams: A Conversation About Dual Diagnosis

Actor Robin Williams was tragically found dead in his California home Last week, in an apparent suicide. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had long battled a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and depression, for which he had spent time in recovery. In fact, Williams recently made headlines for proactively returning to treatment to strengthen his recovery. His passing has saddened thousands across the globe, both those who knew him personally and those who knew him only through his films.

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Anxiety and Addiction: Dealing with Father’s Day Triggers

Anxiety and addiction can be especially difficult to cope with during family-focused holidays such as Father’s Day.   Many women in recovery struggle with family relationships, so spending the holiday with family may increase the risk for relapse.  Let’s take a look at some ways you can reduce stress this Father’s Day and have a positive holiday with your family. Overcoming Anxiety and Addiction: Coping With Family Anxiety and addiction are often seen together.  Why? Sometimes anxiety brings on the addiction as clients drink or consume substances in order to try to alleviate their anxiety symptoms on their own (i.e. drinking…

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Can I Beat Anxiety and Addiction at the Same Time?

Anxiety and addiction can be overcome at the same time, but the right kind of treatment makes a big difference. In fact, treatment for your mental health disorder and your addiction must be concurrent in order for you to be able to achieve success with overcoming both. Dual Diagnosis: Anxiety and Addiction Anxiety and addiction is a very common dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is when a client is diagnosed with addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. Receiving a dual diagnosis is significant as it’s important that both the mental health and addiction are treated at the…

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