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What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a medical term that describes a person who suffers from both a substance abuse and a mental health disorder. When a person with a mental illness has a substance abuse problem, the mental illness is often difficult to control.

A dual diagnosis is important to consider when seeking drug rehabilitation treatment. A rehabilitation staff must be well-educated as to a person’s underlying medical condition and how that could impact rehabilitation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), those with a dual diagnosis are less likely to achieve long-term sobriety than someone who does not have a mental illness. For this reason, it’s important for those with a dual diagnosis to seek treatment at a facility like Drug Treatment Centers Lafayette that is experienced in helping dual diagnosis individuals achieve long-term sobriety. Call Drug Treatment Centers Lafayette today at 765-588-0764

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Mental health disorders and addiction can co-occur for multiple reasons. A person with a mental illness may use illicit drugs as a means to self-medicate. Abusing drugs and/or alcohol can also lead to the onset of mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression.

Regardless of the type, those with a mental health disorder do not follow treatment plans and medication regimens as those who do not. They are more likely to engage in impulsive acts, violence and even suicide attempts. A substance abuse problem can worsen these actions.

Types of Mental Health Disorders

Types of mental health disorders associate with dual diagnosis include:

-Anxiety: An estimated 20 percent of Americans suffer from anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety causes a person to experience high levels of stress and fear.

-Depression: Depression occurs when a person experiences a prolonged period of sadness or hopelessness that doesn’t seem to go away. An estimated 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-Eating Disorders: An estimated 50 percent of people with an eating disorder also abuse drugs or alcohol, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Eating disorders include anorexia (eating too little) and bulimia (eating too much/binge eating and vomiting the contents).

-Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes a person to have repeated thoughts or behaviors. One-fourth of all people with OCD also have a substance use disorder.

-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after sexual abuse, combat, violence or traumatic events, such as a natural disaster. As many as 80 percent of Vietnam Veterans require substance abuse and PTSD treatment, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Why So Prevalent?

An estimated 8.9 million Americans have both a substance use and mental health disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Of these individuals, only about 7.4 percent receive treatment for both conditions and over half receive no treatments at all.

According to the Tippecanoe County Community Health Needs Assessment, those in the county experience need greater coordination of mental health treatment and social services in order to make mental health services more effective.

What Treatments Are Available?

Addressing both a mental illness and substance abuse disorder is a concept known as integrated treatment. According to SAMHSA, integrated treatment is associated with better daily functioning, fewer hospitalizations, and fewer arrests and less substance abuse. Examples of available treatments include:

Because a mental health disorder affects the nervous system and brain’s chemicals responsible for mood, doctors often prescribe medications to treat a mental health disorder. This is known as psychopharmacology. Our drug treatment centers expert recognize the importance of psychopharmacology in overcoming addiction.

Psychotherapy involves speaking one-on-one to an addiction counselor to identify patterns of abuse and discuss feelings and emotions that could be keeping a person from sobriety.

Once a person has explored his or her motivations for substance abuse, behavioral management involves identifying goals for overcoming substance abuse and ways to prevent relapse.

After Care Services

After care services are the meetings, therapy sessions and more a person engages in after undergoing rehabilitation. Seeking after care services is vital to successfully quitting drugs or alcohol. Examples of after care services include therapy and 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Call Drug Treatment Centers Lafayette today at 765-588-0764

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