Many people with an addiction are also struggling with a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It is not always clear which occurs first, but treatment for both mental health disorders and addiction at the same time is critical. This option is called dual diagnosis treatment. In a professional setting, it is effective at restoring quality of life and improving addiction coping skills. It is one of the services we provide at Sunflower Wellness Retreat. To learn more about this treatment option, contact our team today at 855.730.8825.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
During drug and alcohol addiction treatment, the intake assessment may reveal underlying mental health conditions. For example, a person who has intense anxiety may use drugs or alcohol to cope with and minimize the symptoms of that anxiety. It isn’t until the drugs are out of the system that the person’s symptoms come into play. Once it is known, doctors and therapists can tailor treatment around both conditions. This treatment may include:
- Medications to help balance chemicals in the brain that sometimes cause these disorders
- Talk therapy to learn to control the symptoms of addiction
- Changes in thought processes to minimize negative behaviors
- Medications to ease the withdrawal and cravings from the drugs
- Supportive therapy in groups and individual sessions to deal with the underlying causes
Dual diagnosis combines the care need for mental health disorders with addiction. Treating both is essential. If that does not happen, a person can relapse quickly.
How to Know You Need Dual Diagnosis?
Many people seeking addiction treatment do not know they have co-occurring disorders (both addiction and mental health disorders). However, there may be warning signs that underlying mental health disorders are present.
Commonly, a person may use alcohol or drugs to deal with the emotions of stress, frustration, sadness, or loneliness. They may use drugs as a way to calm down when anxiety reaches new levels. Sometimes, symptoms of trauma exist that alcohol or drugs help to push to the side.
Look for why you reach for a drink or to use drugs. Is it stress? Without them, do you excessively worry or feel depressed? If so, it’s time to consider dual diagnosis treatment.
How Do Doctors and Therapists Determine if This Treatment Is Necessary?
After a formal assessment, therapists have a good idea if there is an underlying mental health condition present along with addiction. Sometimes that is not evident until a few sessions into therapy. Most often, they perform this evaluation during the intake assessment. They determine the type of circumstances that lead a client to use drugs or alcohol. They also ascertain whether there’s a family history of mental health disorders that could offer a clue to their condition.
All of this information is developed based on the presence of substance abuse. Individualized treatment plans for co-occurring disorders can be changed over time to accommodate new diagnoses or improving conditions.
Embrace Comprehensive Treatment at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we encourage those who may know they are at risk for mental health disorders to let us know so proper treatment can begin right away. Even if you are unsure, our team will make recommendations for the type of care best suited for you when you contact us for a consultation. Some of the treatment options we offer include:
- Residential treatment programs
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Men’s treatment programs
- Women’s treatment programs
- LGBT-friendly treatment programs
Dual diagnosis treatment is an essential investment in your long-term health if both addiction and mental health disorders are present. It doesn’t have to be a scary process. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, our dedicated professionals and comfortable environment make it possible for you to see results. Learn more by connecting online or calling 855.730.8825 now.