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Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Are Important

Dual diagnosis treatment is the treatment of someone with a substance use disorder and mental health disorder at the same time.

Until rater recently, people who were suffering from a mental health disorder were treated separately from those with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. When the two overlapped, most times people were denied treatment for their mental health disorder until they received addiction treatment.

The problem is that most addictions are driven by some underlying mental health disorder. Without simultaneous treatment, the chances for successful recovery are cut down tremendously. Fortunately, today there are a long list of treatment facilitates that will accept those with a dual-diagnosis.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

Dual diagnosis centers are incredibly important in helping those with co-occurring disorders. They combine the most successful aspects of substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment. Treating the two together makes the chances for success much higher than when treated separately.

Instead of separating the two, they are treated as part of a larger picture of overall well-being. That is to say, they are most certainly addressed as effectively as possible, but with a more holistic approach.

Each facility offers different services and methods of treating a dual-diagnosis client. No two centers are exactly the same, meaning finding the right one can still be challenging. There is no one treatment that will work universally for everyone with a dual diagnosis. The type of mental health disorder you have and its relationship to your substance use can be complicated.

For treatment to be effective, you must address your addictive behavior along with your specific mental health disorder. The extent of your substance abuse and severity of your mental health disorder should also be taken into consideration.

Common Mental Disorders

Some common mental disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating Disorders

Addressing mental illness and addiction separately is already a difficult task. Addressing the two together can complicate things further in a setting that is not equipped with the knowledge, tools, and professionals needed— all factors that can be found in dual diagnosis treatment centers.

It is well known that a co-occurring mental illness increases an individual’s likelihood of having a substance abuse problem. Many with a mental illness use substances to self-medicate and find relief from their symptoms. On the other hand, substance abuse can cause or worsen already existing mental health issues. Those who struggle with both of these issues must attend a well-equipped treatment center to get the proper help.

Royal Life Centers has a some of the finest trained mental health professionals in the industry. We help our guests work through their substance abuse and mental health issues in an environment conducive to recovery. Every one of our guests is treated with their own individual plan, allowing for the most effective treatment. We never use a one size fits all approach, because that simply does not work.

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