Dual Diagnosis in
Also known as dual disorders, co-occurring disorders indicate that a patient is suffering from both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. From personality disorders to schizophrenia to anxiety and mood disorders, these conditions often overlap with alcohol or drug addiction. Co-occurring disorders affect how a person feels, perceives the world, and interacts with others. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over seven million American adults are diagnosed with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these individuals do not get treated for their substance use or mental health issues. If left untreated, certain conditions can lead to drug relapse, homelessness, unemployment, and numerous hospitalizations.
Dual diagnosis is the simultaneous diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder or addiction and a mental health disorder. The association between mental health issues and addiction has been recognized for a long time, but until the 1990s they tended to be diagnosed and treated separately. In many cases, the addiction was treated first and the mental illness was left untreated or treated only after rehab for the addiction.The most successful approach is to treat both components of the dual diagnosis at the same time since the symptoms and side effects of one have the potential to effect, and often worsen, the other.
Concise Recovery is here to assure everyone that treatment programs for co-occurring disorders are now more accessible than ever before. If you are looking for a dual diagnosis treatment center in Los Angeles, California, you have come to the right place. Concise Recovery serves a diverse clientele in Glendale, Burbank Beverly Hills, Malibu, and the surrounding communities.
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Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders
People living with a dual diagnosis are affected by one or more addictions, such as alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal (illicit) drugs. These co-exist with one or more mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and paranoia. Some conditions are frequently linked together, such as depression and alcohol addiction or anxiety and addiction to painkillers, but there are endless possible combinations of co-existing disorders.
Some people experience multiple addictions or compulsive behaviors. For example, some heroin or prescription drug addicts also develop an addiction to gambling to try to fund their drug use. People suffering from depression may become addicted to alcohol and obsessive shopping or sex as a means to try to alleviate their symptoms.
It is important to note that eating orders, including bulimia and anorexia, are closely associated with low self-esteem and distorted body image, both of which can cause harmful thoughts and emotions. To numb their negative feelings, many of these individuals will turn to drugs or alcohol.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders
Symptoms of a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder include but are not limited to:
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How Are Co-Occurring Disorders Treated?
It is nearly impossible to achieve a state of good mental health while struggling with addiction, therefore the need for treatment is critical. Treating just one condition at a time is a recipe for failure because the mental health disorder or the addictive behavior is almost guaranteed to return once the patient completes treatment for the other condition. An integrated treatment program that treats both conditions at the same time is essential for a successful outcome and a lasting recovery. Not every treatment center has the resources to handle the unique needs of dual diagnosis patients. Integrated treatment generally includes cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, relapse prevention, counseling, education, and peer support that address both behavioral health and addiction.
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