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Patients struggling with drug abuse or addiction and who are also trying to cope with a mental health issue often feel lost in their attempt to find a treatment that targets both conditions. That’s where dual diagnosis programs can make a significant difference in the rehabilitation process.
The purpose of these programs is to provide the best care to those battling a dual diagnosis and to help them treat both their addiction and co-occurring condition.
What Gets Treated First, Addiction or Mental Health?
When a patient struggles with both a substance addiction and a mental health disorder, the treatment can become more challenging. There are cases when the patient developed an addiction attempting to cope with a mental disorder and instances when the disorder comes first and the addiction after.
Regardless of the evolution of the co-occurring condition, the best treatment should target both problems together.
What Are the Underlying Issues That Cause Co-Occurring Disorders?
Both mental health issues and substance abuse disorders can be caused by a variety of biological and environmental factors. They can have various degrees of severity, can progress slower or faster and can even manifest through different symptoms. Moreover, genetic susceptibility and pharmacologic or environmental factors can definitely influence the two.
Some patients are at a higher risk to develop these disorders due to genetics and family history. In other instances, environmental factors, such as the socio-economic background of the patient can determine the likelihood of a person developing a co-occurring disorder.
How Common Are Mental Illnesses?
According to the results from a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 3.3% of all adults in the United States suffer from both a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Moreover, nearly 1.4% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 had a substance abuse disorder and a major depressive episode in the past year.
If we’re talking about mental health issues alone, the same study revealed that one in five adults (18.1%) had a mental illness in the past year, with another 4.1% struggling with serious mental illnesses. This percentage has been stable since 2008.
Are Mental Illness Sufferers More at Risk Of Forming a Drug Addiction?
So far, it is known that people experiencing mental health issues are more prone to experiencing substance abuse issues. That’s because the high the drug offers can take their minds away from any difficult situations in their lives. Likewise, substance abusers can, at some point, start to struggle with emotional and mental pain.
What to Look For In a Dual-Diagnosis or Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Center?
Treatment will vary from patient to patient, but it should include:
Any patient with a dual diagnosis will have to go through a detoxification stage, where they gradually remove all traces of the substance from their body. This stage of the process can be done both in an inpatient facility or outpatient. However, in most cases, the inpatient option tends to be more effective than outpatient centers, as the patient can benefit from a 24/7 monetization from professional staff.
Typically, psychotherapy is a key element of a dual diagnosis treatment plan. That’s because it helps patients learn how to deal with their situations and change their old habits and ways of thinking.
Mental illnesses will often be treated with medication. Sometimes, these will also help with the withdrawal symptoms patients commonly deal with during the detox process.
Support groups allow patients to share their stories, struggles, frustrations and any other experiences in a healthy and safe environment. Everyone in a support group has the same goal and sometimes reaching for that goal on your own can become isolating. That’s why support groups are an excellent way to encourage people to go on, stick to their treatment plan, and stay clean.
Dealing with substance abuse is not easy, and it’s even more difficult when patients also have mental health issues. However, with so many programs and treatments out there, there is still hope for a not so daunting road to recovery. With a little courage and support from your loved ones, you can make that first step and be on your way towards regaining control over your life.
Get Help You Deserve for Dual Diagnosis
Young men with an addiction to drugs or alcohol also often struggle with multiple mental health issues. A dual diagnosis (also called a co-occurring disorder) is when addiction is complicated by a simultaneous mental health disorder. Windward Way has the clinical partnerships to effectively treat dual diagnosis, both within our drug rehab, and also our alcohol treatment center. Here is a list of mental health diagnoses we frequently encounter in young men:
- Major and Minor Depression
- Panic Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
Since it’s important that you (or another you care about) receive the best care available for men, a dual diagnosis treatment at Windward Way can be the effective solution you’re looking for. Call our friendly intake staff now to find out how we may help you with your co-occurring disorder: (844) 310-5975.
A New Life at Windward Way
Windward Way is committed to providing the best care for men, aged 18 to 45. In fact, that’s why we strive to offer an individualized treatment center for dual diagnosis by employing multiple, beneficial treatment modalities. As it happens, we’re extremely proud of addiction treatment program we’ve crafted specifically just for men. Rightfully so—the continual feedback we receive from our alums shows us that we know how to deliver when the rubber meets the road.
Call us now to begin the process to reclaim your new life. We want to hear your situation and customize a plan, just for you. We’re here 24/7 at (844) 310-5975.
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