Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Royal Life Centers focuses on wellness at the mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Our addiction treatment process begins with an assessment and evaluation. During intake, you’ll be assessed for symptoms of withdrawal and undergo a clinical evaluation for any possible co-occurring disorders. The terms co-occurring disorder and dual diagnosis are interchangeable.
What Is a Co-Occurring Disorder?
A co-occurring disorder, also known as dual diagnosis, describes those who have been diagnosed with both a mental health and substance use disorder. It is becoming increasingly common due to the contact that many people have with psychotropic substances such as alcohol or opioids when attempting to cope with their mental illness.
Common co-occurring disorders include alcohol or drug abuse with other mental health conditions including:
- Major depressive disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to identify and treat as they often present complex interactions between biological, psychological, and social factors which make treatment challenging. As a result, these individuals may benefit from more comprehensive treatments that focus on both their mental health needs and substance use needs simultaneously. By addressing both mental health issues and substance use within an integrated approach, clients can achieve greater stability and improved functioning in their day-to-day life.
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
All too often, those living with mental health disorders find themselves resorting to substance abuse in an effort to cope. As a result, many people who struggle with substance abuse also suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder, and dual diagnosis treatment provides contact and support to address both issues simultaneously. However, without specialized treatments that target both co-occurring disorders, it can be difficult for those struggling to break the cycle of addiction and mental illness.
That’s why dual diagnosis treatment is so invaluable. With contact from trained professionals, individuals in addiction treatment programs can receive holistic care that takes both their substance abuse disorder and underlying mental health disorder into account. This approach allows for more accurate diagnoses as well as a tailored treatment plan that meets each individual’s needs. Dual diagnosis helps provide individuals with the opportunity to get the long-term help they need and establish a foundation that promotes long-term recovery.
For this reason, it is important for guests with a co-occurring disorder to understand their condition. By identifying substance use disorder and mental health disorder as separate disorders, guests may collaborate with our medical care team.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual-diagnosis treatment helps people struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders at the same time. Commonly, co-occurring substance use disorders make it difficult to manage the underlying mental health issues. In fact, drugs and alcohol often exacerbate symptoms of anxiety, depression, paranoia, and emotional regulation.
Unfortunately, abusing drugs or alcohol with a mental health disorder can lead to social isolation, relationship issues, and difficulties functioning in day-to-day life. In fact, research shows that drugs and alcohol worsen symptoms of mental illnesses, which is why once substances are removed from the equation, it is especially important you’re treated in an inpatient level of care— to ensure safety and comfort.
Often, once substances are removed, the symptoms of a pre-existing mental illness seem to come back and feel overwhelming. You’re no longer “self-medicating” with drugs, which is why Royal Life Centers puts you under the direct care of a doctor or medical professional.
It is important for anyone experiencing contact with mental health problems to speak to a healthcare professional about the possibility of a co-occurring disorder so that a customized treatment plan can be created. With personalized therapy, people can learn techniques to help manage their conditions and connect with support networks. It can be a challenging road but with help, recovery is possible.
What To Expect in Dual Diagnosis Treatment
If you struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse, our licensed clinicians will help you during your recovery. As you begin treatment, your individual therapist will help you in identifying the underlying root causes that addictive behaviors. Then, you learn to challenge the maladaptive and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with links to substance abuse.
Within psychoeducation groups, you learn how behaviors can stem from substance abuse. Similarly, group facilitators teach you how certain behaviors can be a symptom of mental illness. In the same way that it is important for our clinical team to understand the full scope of your diagnoses, it’s just as important for you.
During dual diagnosis treatment, you also work on developing healthy coping skills. In doing so, you will learn healthy skills and techniques that help you to reduce cravings, manage triggers, and prevent a relapse. Dual diagnosis treatment offers more comprehensive care through contact with experienced professionals in both the behavioral health field and addiction recovery.
Mental Health Services in Rehab
Many people with addiction also struggle with mental health disorders. For this reason, we evaluate guests clinically upon their arrival at our facilities. Around half of the people with substance use disorders also have a mental health disorder. Many people struggling with mental illness turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope with their disorder.
More severe and intense underlying mental disorders may require a higher level of care. As a result, most substance use rehabilitation centers may not be able to provide. The significance of finding a dual-diagnosis treatment program is key for those who require around-the-clock medical and clinical care. It’s important to find out if a rehab center is licensed to treat co-occurring mental health disorders before entering treatment.
Throughout dual diagnosis treatment, therapy can provide valuable insights, perspective, and support to aid in creating positive lasting changes. In short, dual diagnosis treatment in addiction recovery is an essential step in breaking free from addictive behaviors. Receiving treatment for both substance abuse and mental health helps you in building a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.
Individualized Treatment at Royal Life Centers
Royal Life Centers provides the appropriate care tailored to your needs and goals. When creating a dual-diagnosis treatment plan, our medical professionals will work with you to determine the best course of treatment. One of the ways we assist guests with mental health diagnoses is by providing medication management services. Our experience with co-occurring disorders is why we customize each treatment plan to meet the needs of each guest.
Royal Life Centers offers dual diagnosis treatment within our full continuum of care including:
Royal Life Centers provides integrative treatment for both a guest’s substance use disorder and their diagnosed mental disorder. We address both issues, to promote a full recovery. Each guest collaborates with our clinical team and case manager to design a treatment plan that suits their needs. The individualized nature of our addiction treatment allows for the best possible recovery for lifelong sobriety.
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