Dual diagnosis treatment program
For those who are struggling with alcoholism or drug dependence as well as a co-occurring mental health disorder, it can feel like living at the bottom of a hole. With the mental health symptoms associated with the disorder, the constant cravings for drugs and alcohol, and the negative health and emotional effects caused by the constant use of substances, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
In the past, patients were advised to first stop using drugs and alcohol and then attempt to address the underlying mental health disorder. However, in the past decade, it has become clear that the best possible treatment approach is a comprehensive combination of dual diagnosis treatment services chosen to meet the needs of the individual patient on both the front of addiction and the front of the mental health disorder.
At The Recovery Village, that’s what we do – we offer patients a multi-pronged dual diagnosis treatment approach. This helps those who are living with drug dependence as well as a mental health issue like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other disorders to successfully manage the symptoms of both problems at the same time. The end goal? Stability and healthful living that lasts long after transitioning back home.
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Signs that dual treatment is necessary
Families may note the following issues in their loved one living with substance abuse and an untreated mental health disorder:
- Alcoholism or drug dependence plus mental health symptoms
- Depression, anxiety, grief, anger, etc. that intrude on everyday living
- Cravings for and/or withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and/or other illicit substances
- Consequences in daily life caused by symptoms of drug use and/or mental health issues
- Difficulties in relationships at home, in the community, and at work or school caused by symptoms
- Financial problems caused by an inability to get or maintain employment
- Physical and mental health problems
Generally speaking, if your loved one is drinking or using drugs and experiencing worsened mental health symptoms as a result, yet he or she is still unable to moderate or stop abusing substances, it’s time to seek dual diagnosis rehabilitation services.
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Interventions utilized in dual diagnosis treatment
Each patient’s experience in dual diagnosis rehab will be different, characterized by unique treatment services chosen for their ability to meet his or her unique challenges and experiences in addiction and mental health. If appropriate, patients can expect to experience any combination of the following treatment services for co-occurring conditions:
- Medication: Medication may be necessary to treat withdrawal symptoms, diminish cravings, or treat mental health symptoms. Medical monitoring will continue for the duration of treatment to ensure that dosages are correct.
- Traditional therapies: Personal therapy, group therapy, and family therapy may be a part of your family member’s treatment schedule as she addresses issues of addiction and personal challenges to sobriety.
- Alternative therapies: Acupuncture, yoga, meditation, nutritional counseling, job skills, and life coaching – any number of alternative therapies can help the patient to overcome obstacles to getting and staying sober while managing ongoing mental health symptoms.
An individualized treatment plan will be created by your loved one’s therapeutic team, a staff of treatment professionals who specialize in the treatment of addiction and mental health. At The Recovery Village, our staff is dedicated to helping each and every patient enjoy a well-rounded, effective treatment plan designed to help them manage both issues.