Dual diagnosis is when you suffer from drug or alcohol addiction along with a mental illness. Alcohol or substance abuse can lead to you developing a mental disorder, this can work the other way too. People who suffer from depression or other mental disorders are more likely to become addicted to a medication, alcohol, or illicit drug, than someone who does not suffer from a mental illness.
If you have a dual diagnosis you should not feel like you are alone with your problems, there are millions of people just like you!
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, out of the roughly 20 million people in America who had a substance abuse disorder, 10.2 million had a mental disorder as well! This same organization says that over 43 million, or 1 in 5 adults in America experiences a mental disorder in their lifetime.
There are many negative stereotypes that people associate with addiction to drugs or alcohol, as well as mental disorders. You should not let society dictate how you feel about yourself or who you are as a person. There are steps you can take to treat your dual diagnosis.
Common Mental Disorders Associated with Drug or Alcohol Addiction
When you suffer from dual diagnosis you are dealing with your addiction and disorder, attempting to control your thoughts and behaviors. This is why it is important to seek dual diagnosis treatment for both the addiction and the mental disorder.
Some common mental disorders that are associated with addiction are:
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
*U.S. National Library of Medicine
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
If you have a dual diagnosis then you will need to be treated for both the addiction and the other mental illness in order to recover properly. If the mental disorder symptoms heavily outweigh the addiction, they will first be recommended to inpatient residential care, or hospitalization. There is a lot more structure to hospitalization or residential care because of the mental disorders they deal with and the care they provide.
If you are in a drug or alcohol treatment facility and have a dual diagnosis, you will work on managing both your mental disorder and addiction simultaneously with your counselor. Just as any drug program you will go through the same process as everyone else, such as detox and rehabilitation, you may be prescribed medications for your diagnosis as well.
It is important that you address both your mental disorder and your addiction, if you cannot get a handle on your depression, anxiety, etc. then you will be more prone to relapsing into active addiction.
Will My Dual Diagnosis Treatment Work?
Dual diagnosis has been more challenging to identify and treat when compared to addiction. Thankfully, many programs have addressed this issue and modified their programs to be more equipped to handle both the addiction and any mental disorder a patient may have. With the addition of psychiatric clinical staff, drug treatment facilities can now offer specialized treatments that best address both addiction and the mental health disorder.
The best thing to do is upon leaving rehab, have aftercare plans for both your addiction and your mental disorder. Go to meetings and outpatient treatment for your addiction and see a one on one counselor for your depression. Recovery is not always going to be easy, and if you want to stay clean you will have to work for it.
If you want to learn more about dual diagnosis treatment options that would be suitable for you, call us today at Elite Rehab Placement! We will talk to you to understand your situation, verify your insurance benefits and help you understand more about the best treatment for you. Addiction and mental illness are very hard circumstances to live with and we understand your pain and frustration. This is why your phone call and our services are 100% free to you! If you truly desire a new way of life, then call us today.