If you're suffering from drug and/or alcohol abuse and a mental health disorder, there are dual diagnosis treatment programs that can help you now. Your addiction and health issues are taking over your life and perhaps hurting the people closest to. You may feel it's time to start the healing process, but you are unsure of where to begin. Recovery Connection® is here to help you. Our services are free - call 800-993-3869 and get help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.
The term “dual diagnosis” is used to describe the coexistence of a drug and/or alcohol addiction andpsychiatric disorder. A person who has a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or bipolar, and also struggles with a substance abuse disorder is considered to be dually diagnosed.
A 1999 executive summary report from theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Congress stated that 7 million to 10 million Americans "have at least one mental disorder as well as an alcohol or drug use disorder [and] individuals experiencing these disorders simultaneously referred to as co-occurring disorders have particular difficulty seeking and receiving diagnostic and treatment services."
To further add to the problem, research has demonstrated that unless both disorders are treated simultaneously, the mental health issue and the substance abuse will progress and as the report indicated, “additional complications arise.” Each disorder can be detrimental to the recovery of the other. Your health and happiness is limited when you struggle with a mental health disorder and a substance abuse problem. Dual-diagnosis treatment can address the drug and alcohol addiction, as well as the psychiatric disorder.
Oftentimes, a person uses drugs and/or alcohol to cope with a psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disorder or panic attacks. Unknowingly, the user believes that the alcohol will ease the panic or that the cocaine will combat the depression. They believe that the momentary relief is the key to a new way of coping and functioning. But, it is clear that drug and alcohol addictions worsen mental health disorders. Addiction worsens the underlying problem and can render psychiatric medications ineffective.
In the presence of two problems like substance abuse and a mental health issue, making an accurate diagnosis becomes difficult. The list below reveals diagnostic difficulties after drugs and alcohol are combined with mental health disorders.
Long term, consistent drug and alcohol abuse can:
- Initiate the development of a psychiatric problem
- Cause an existing psychiatric problem to worsen
- Create the re-emergence of a past psychiatric disorder
- Create symptoms associated with a psychiatric disorder that are drug-induced
- Mask psychiatric symptoms or psychiatric disorders
If the psychiatric disorder is the underlying cause of the substance addiction, it will still exist even after the person completes detox and is abstinent from all substances. #Chat# with a Recovery Connection addiction specialist to find out if you qualify for dual-diagnosis treatment.
If the patient’s presenting symptoms are from using drugs and/or alcohol, then the symptoms will slowly reduce after detox. Detox alone will not address the mental health disorder or the addictive behaviors, leaving the dually diagnosed person at great risk of an intense mental health episode and a substance relapse.
Imagine finding relief from both your addiction and mental health symptoms at the same time. Get your life back on track and don’t allow dual diagnosis to rob you of happiness. Recovery Connection works with the top dual-diagnosis treatment centers in the country. Call us today at 800-993-3869 and take our assessment to see if you qualify for treatment.
Quality dual-diagnosis treatment centers should offer:
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