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What is dual diagnosis treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment is used to treat individuals who  are suffering from both a mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder, in addition to a drug or alcohol addiction . Sometimes the psychological condition is pre-existing and is what drove them to abuse the substance. Other times, it’s the reverse, where the substance abuse led to the mental illness and emotional issues. Either way, dual diagnosis must be treated in a treatment center staffed by professionals who have the knowledge and training to provide specialized counseling.

Are Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs the Same As Regular Ones?

Dual diagnosis treatment programs are unlike typical addiction or mental health programs because they don’t focus solely on one addictive substance or mental illness, but rather on the issues surrounding the addiction. They are like two sides of the same coin. The issues surrounding addiction often show up as psychiatric problems, such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, and are part of a vicious cycle where a false feeling of need for a substance is created by the disorder, which is then made worse by the substance abuse.

What Are Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs Like?

In a dual diagnosis treatment program, the addict receives treatment for both the addiction and the disorder to ensure the most effective recovery possible. As each person is unique, an individualized treatment plan is then created based on careful evaluation of needs. This includes a preliminary psychiatric evaluation, individual and family counseling, group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy sessions and a comprehensive discharge plan to ensure continued effective care. Psychotherapy is the main treatment method, effectively allowing clients to uncover their underlying, personal causes for their addictions. In addition, the client will receive lifestyle counseling, help with stress management, support group meetings and relapse prevention strategies.

How Long is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

Because two major issues are being tackled at once, a longer period of treatment may be required to achieve the desired recovery. Although the program may be for 30, 60, 90 days or more, it’s important to remember that recovery is a life-long journey and the initial treatment is just the beginning. Overcoming chemical dependency, as well as dealing with the complications brought about by the co-occurring psychological disorder, requires time and patience. It may seem like a daunting task but it is definitely achievable. Many graduates of dual diagnosis treatment programs are able to regain control over their lives and lead healthy, balanced and sober lifestyles after completing their treatment.

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.