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5 Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

According to a recent survey in 2010, over 45% of individuals struggling with addiction, have also been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, refer to the combination of substance abuse and the presence of a mental disorder. Over 16% of individuals receiving substance abuse treatment have also been diagnosed […]

According to a recent survey in 2010, over 45% of individuals struggling with addiction, have also been diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, refer to the combination of substance abuse and the presence of a mental disorder. Over 16% of individuals receiving substance abuse treatment have also been diagnosed with a co-occurring mental disorder. More often than not, these disorders are diagnosed as two completely separate issues. One not relating to the other, if left untreated, the symptoms of both disorders can increase in severity and be almost impossible to manage.

Treating addiction, alone, can be a daunting task. Dealing with substance abuse disorder and mental health issues can seem impossible for the individual entering treatment. Rather than just focusing on the addiction, dual diagnosis treatment centers focus on treating the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Here are five benefits of seeking dual diagnosis treatment.

Mental Health Priority

When entering a dual diagnosis treatment center, the first step is to address any underlying mental health disorders. Often times, addiction is propelled by an untreated mental health disorder or mental health disorders can be propelled by addiction, thus the cycle continues. A psychiatric evaluation can help the patient and the care providers create a treatment plan that is based solely on the individual needs of each patient.

Establishing Healthy Coping Skills

Another benefit of dual diagnosis treatment is educating the patient on their disorders. Once treatment has begun, specialists can teach the individual how to cope. Most patients enter treatment without a clue on how to deal with triggers, old trauma, and stressors. The goal is to replace old, self-destructive behaviors with new, healthy coping skills.

De-stigmatizing Medications for Mental Health

In recovery, medication can be seen as taboo. Most individuals have self medicated, for so long, that the idea of “all or nothing” has been deeply imbedded into their thought patterns. Treatment centers, addressing co-occurring disorders, seek to address mental health first (with medication if necessary) in order to help the individual begin treatment with a clear mindset. It is important for the patient to feel completely comfortable and absent of any judgement.

Individual and Group Therapy

One of the most important benefits of dual diagnosis rehabilitation is therapy. While in treatment, the patient can receive individual and group therapy daily. Many different therapy options are given for each client, based on their individual needs. From intense psychotherapy, trauma therapy, EDMR, interactive group therapy, DBT, family therapy, and grief therapy are all helpful methodologies that cultivate healing for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders.

Mind, Body, and Soul Healing

Most dual diagnosis treatment centers focus on all-encompassing, holistic healing – mind, body, and soul. Yoga, exercise, meditation, healthy eating, and 12-step programs can help each patient create a balance, establish spiritual growth, and produce a strong foundation for maintaining long-term sobriety.

When embarking on the road to recovery, it is most important for the individual to find a treatment center that best suits their individual needs. Dual diagnosis treatment has proven to be effective when traditional methods of treatment have failed.

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