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Will Dual Diagnosis Treatment Make My Life Better?

Dual diagnosis treatment has the potential to significantly improve your quality of life if you work hard and dedicate yourself to treatment. You have to be committed as well as open to the process in order to expect successful results.

How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Works

A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. Sometimes the disorder comes about due to the addiction or vice versa but in other cases the connection may not be so clear. Because the symptoms of a mental health disorder can cause a relapse to occur and addiction can worsen the symptoms of a mental health disorder, treatment must be done concurrently in order for clients to see success.

Psychotherapy is the main treatment method for most mental health disorders as well as for addiction. In dual diagnosis treatment, clients participate in individual, group, family and cognitive behavioral therapy sessions to work to uncover their personal, underlying reasons behind their addictions as well as behind their mental health disorders. This can give people deep personal insights and the tools to build a strong defense for managing symptoms and creating a strong recovery.

Dual diagnosis treatment also includes stress management and lifestyle counseling for both mental health disorders and addiction. The addiction portion of treatment also includes support group meetings and relapse prevention strategies. Some clients with specific mental health disorders may also have prescription medication incorporated into their treatment plans.

The Potential Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment can turn your life around for the better if you’re committed to working hard for results. The symptoms of any mental health disorder can range from the difficult to the debilitating and addiction comes with a long list of associated problems affecting health, relationships, finances and more. Dual diagnosis treatment can help you manage your symptoms and lead a healthier, more balanced life in recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

Remaining Committed to Success

In order to maintain success, you should be committed to continuing your addiction recovery efforts as well as maintaining your commitment to your mental health treatment plan. Depending on your mental health disorder(s), your continued treatment plan may include a number of methods, such as outpatient mental health services or prescription medication. Continuing your recovery efforts includes regularly attending support group meetings, using and updating your relapse prevention strategies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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.