Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Understanding the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
One of the most notable effects of substance or drug addiction is how it affects the brain’s ability to function. The benefit of dual diagnosis treatment is its ability to identify factors that contribute to drug and alcohol addiction. Many of these factors tend to be mental health related. Mental health disorders can include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The brain’s natural chemistry is changed, which likely brings about the occurrence of such disorders.
Identifying Overlapping Conditions
By identifying conditions that overlap, we can target treatment plans that can help individuals manage and overcome dual disorders. We have a highly trained team of psychiatrists, behavioral specialists, and psychologists who are here to support in every way possible. Every disorder mentioned has the ability to fuel a person’s addiction and impede their recovery.
About Co-Occurring Disorders
A person may have dual disorders that include mental health, and/or behavioral issues. There are two theories that may seem contrary on the surface. Some believe that mental health and behavioral issues are the leading cause of substance or drug abuse addiction. Others believe that prolonged addiction causes behavioral and mental issues. Those who support the latter theory argue that the biochemical and psychological effects of substance abuse disrupt the brain’s ability to function normally. They contend that substance abuse changes how the brain’s neurotransmitters perform. Cocaine and crystal meth are two such examples.
Supporters of the second theory believe that depression is brought about by the decreased levels of dopamine along with a reduction in dopamine receptors. They contend that prolonged use of drugs damages the brain’s ability to react to dopamine. Either way, there is enough documentation to draw a relationship between substance or drug abuse and changes in one’s status of mental health. This is the main reason why addiction treatment centers are so vigilant at creating and administering the best techniques and treatments. Their goal is to identify and treat every co-occurring disorder.
Signs That Someone Suffers from Co-Occurring Disorders
Quite often, an addicted person’s family is closest to the individual. They can represent the first line of defense in identifying mental health and behavior issues. This is the main reason why a family’s education about substance and drug abuse is so important. Addiction indicators include the following:
A constant display of risky behavior while under the influence, such as driving with complete confidence
Additional Signs of Mental Health or Behavioral Problems
Many of the following mental health problems are associated with drug abuse. They are not difficult to spot, and may include:
And other disorders
Co-occurring relapses may be an additional clue of drug abuse. If these occur, especially after a person has completed their drug treatment program, it may be time to raise a red flag. It may be that there are more mental disorders that were not properly treated. Proper diagnosis and treatment are always critical; otherwise, a person may never achieve prolonged sobriety.
Methods for Managing Dual Diagnosis
First, a specialized process thoroughly assesses the person’s physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual health. The process can uncover any underlying behavioral or mental patterns that can be overlooked in a typical examination. If the need for a dual diagnosis is even suspected, specialists will monitor that person much closer and very carefully. Since no two people will ever suffer the exact same symptoms, the process tends to be extremely individualized.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that a person’s thoughts cause their behavior and emotions. While external things like people, events and situations exist, they do not have to determine how a person thinks and behaves. The inclusion of the family during CBT can be most helpful and effective for the addicted person.