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The Risks of Leaving a Dual Diagnosis Untreated

Dual diagnosis is when a mood disorder and addiction go hand in hand. One can’t be fixed without also dealing with the other, as the mental illness may have been triggered by the substance abuse, or, conversely, the substance abuse was brought about as a way to self medicate in reaction to the troubling symptoms of the mental illness. Either way, they are closely linked and need special care when treatment is sought.

Quick Facts about the Risks of a Dual Diagnosis

Statistically, over 50% of people who abuse or are addicted to narcotic substances are also believed to be suffering from a mental illness as well. When it comes to alcoholism, over a third of alcoholics are thought to have a dual diagnosis. Unfortunately, this combination leads many people into unbalanced and unhealthy lifestyles- currently, around 20% of the inmates in the US prison system struggle with dual diagnosis issues. The same goes for suicide, unfortunately, with dual diagnosis patients at a much higher risk of self harm than others. Individuals with dual diagnosis are also more prone to homelessness, violent behavior and unemployment. Seeking help could make all the difference in their lives.

What You Need To Know About Treating Dual Diagnosis

The eight most common mental disorders associated with dual diagnosis include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorders and Schizophrenia. To treat them, the most effective way is with integrated care. This means that both the addiction counselors and psychiatric professionals are located in the same treatment facility. This specialized team of professionals communicates with each other to create and carry out individualized treatment plans for the clients, making sure that their treatments are complementary. Unfortunately, the majority of drug and alcohol rehab treatment centers in the United States are not equipped to deal with dual diagnosis clients, so it is vital that the clients carefully research potential treatment centers in order to find one that meets their needs.

Challenges Faced With Entering Rehab with Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis rehab, because it is treating not just the addiction but also the underlying mental health issue, tends to take longer than regular addiction rehab programs. In fact, the complications that arise from the mental illness component could stretch treatment to as long as a year. Because it is difficult to heal quickly, without adequate support, dual diagnosis clients may suffer a relapse and resort to abusing substances. This is why it is vital that they find a reputable, supportive treatment center that knows how to help those struggling with it.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, substance addiction or any other type of addiction, please call us today.  Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.  A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.