Dual diagnosis describes cases of addiction that occur together with mental disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, bulimia, schizophrenia and depression. No case of dual diagnosis addiction can be adequately treated unless due attention is paid to every co-occurring mental disorder.
Drug Rehab Centers Mesa is a leading authority in dual diagnosis treatment. Call us today at (480) 459-4137.
Multiple large-scale studies done on the prevalence of dual diagnosis have demonstrated that these instances are far from rare: most cases of addiction do come with a mental health disorder connection. People who suffer from psychiatric conditions are twice as likely to turn to substance abuse. Whether it is antisocial personality disorder, depression or bipolar, the numbers work out to similar levels.
Neither addiction scientists nor mental health researchers have yet discovered a direct relationship of causality between addiction and mental disorders, but they have surely found out that the correlation is strong, and this has helped with the emergence of a few basic directions.
Psychiatric treatment may prevent substance abuse: In some cases, mental disorders do lead to addiction. Some research suggests that early treatment of conditions such as ADHD is an excellent way of preventing the occurrence of addiction later in life.
Mental disorders often lead to addiction: Psychiatric disorders make the mental lives of patients so difficult, they are often forced to turn to substance abuse in search of relief. Since addictive substances act directly on areas of the brain commonly affected by mental disorders, they tend to be a form of self-medication. Offering patients direct treatment for their mental disorders is one of the best ways available of ensuring long-term sobriety.
Often, the link between substance abuse and mental disorder isn’t causative—both conditions are together caused by a collection of genetic, psychological or other deficits. It takes an expert psychiatrist experienced in dual diagnosis treatment to zero in on the common underlying causes, and offer treatment directed at them.
Mental disorders and addictions can work together in complex ways. In our dual diagnosis treatment centers, patients are offered care by physicians who are experienced in the specific combination of addiction and mental disorder that they have. Generic dual diagnosis training often isn’t adequate.
Depression and addiction: Depression is frequently seen to co-occur with addiction. Doctors treating patients need experience to tell the difference between depression caused by addiction and pre-existing depression that causes addiction. Both need different types of treatment.
Bipolar disorder and addiction: Patients who suffer from bipolar disorder tend to be tempted to try drugs as different as alcohol, pain medication, cocaine and Ritalin, and can be particularly difficult to treat. A disease that is often misdiagnosed and mistreated even without the complicating influence of drugs can be particularly difficult to deal with in dual diagnosis contexts. Doctors also need specific experience helping such patients with support, psychological counseling and other treatment options.
In rehab, the psychiatric component of dual diagnosis treatment always follows detox. Once the patient is sufficiently helped to sobriety and normalcy through detoxification and dual diagnosis treatment, though, there still is much work that remains to be done. Patients must receive intensive psychological and behavioral therapy to prepare for the different challenges to their sobriety that they will face. These components of the drug treatment plan ensure minimal chance of relapse.
Struggling with an addiction together with a mental condition can be extremely challenging. Success doesn’t simply come with good intentions; it comes with expertise in the treating physician. The addiction professionals at Drug Rehab Centers Mesa have the experience necessary. Call us today at (480) 459-4137 to get started.
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