Dual Diagnosis: What Does It Actually Mean?
Dual diagnosis is not a new term in drug addiction and treatment services. However, it is a term that is often misunderstood. If you’ve received a dual diagnosis, read on to learn more about what this actually means for you in terms of treatment.
What Is Dual Diagnosis and How Is It Diagnosed?
Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders or dual disorders is the term that is used to describe a substance addiction that exists alongside a mental illnessor psychiatric disorder.
For example, if you’ve been diagnosed with alcohol dependence, you may also be diagnosed with depression.
The term can also be used to describe the existence of mental illness alongside other conditions such as intellectual disability. However, it most commonly describes a psychiatric disorder and an addictionor substance abuse disorder.
At Revive Detox, we offer individualized programs that recognizethe unique challenges that occur with treating dual diagnosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis?
To receive a dual diagnosis, each condition needs to exist separately from the other. In other words, one of the conditions cannot occur as a result of the other. The symptoms a person experiences will be specific to each disorder.
Diagnosis of the condition can be problematic as often the symptoms of one condition can override or mask the symptoms of the other. This is particularly true of alcohol dependence that occurs with anxiety or Depression.
Eating disorders may be diagnosed alongside post-traumaticstress disorders for example,or gambling addictions alongside schizophrenia. Bipolar disorder is often diagnosed with substance use disorders.
The DSM-5 is the psychiatric tool that professionals use to determine the criteria for dual diagnosis and other conditions. If you suspect you are suffering from a dual diagnosis, you should consult a medical professional.
It’s important to determine, as best as possible, if one condition is causing the other, or if both conditions co-exist. This can lessen the need for treatment as the second condition may not need to be treated as its own set of symptoms, once the first condition has been treated successfully.
What Is the Best Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
The best dual diagnosis treatment centers are those that offer individualized treatment plans. Because of the complexity of the condition, many addiction centers refuse to treat people with this diagnosis.
The Most Common Challenges in Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis is more common than many people think but it does present specific challenges that a diagnosis of a mentalillness on its own may not.
People who experience certain types of mental illness may struggle to understand the theories behind the behavioral symptoms of their addiction. This makes it more difficult to change that behavior.
Although having a mental illness does not necessarily mean you will develop an addiction, it does make you more susceptible. In the same way,an addiction disorder will also make you more susceptible to a mentalillness, particularly depression.
The Best Approach to Dual Diagnosis Treatment
In the past, both disorders have been treated separately, often by different doctors and health professionals. At Revive Detox, we take a more holistic approach.
Relapse is a common occurrence in the recovery journey and if a person relapses from drug addiction, this can often cause a depressive episode. That’s why it is so important to treat the two conditions together rather than treating one first and then the other.
What Does Revive Detox Offer in Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Our professional staff at Revive Detox are specially trained to treat our patients holistically. We believe this is the best approach to treating people with dual diagnosis and other conditions.
We know that major depression often occurs with cocaine addiction and that borderline personality disorder and alcohol dependence are often combined with poly-drug substance disorder.
Because of the many patientswe have treated over the years, we know that people can experience panic and anxiety disorders along with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
We also know that the best way to treat all of these conditions is to start with a thorough assessment of our client’s currents situation, use, and needs. That way, we can decide together how best to proceed.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options at Revive Detox
Our West LA location offers a high-end luxurious treatment center that caters to both in-patient and out-patient programs. Our staff client/ratio is 4:1 and we only take a client roster of six at a time. This allows us to offer individualized, client-centered treatment.
Our services include medical treatments when deemed necessary, detox services, nutrition therapy, emotional and psychological support for both you and any other family members you want to include.
We take care to offer ongoing, post-treatment planning to help you stay on the right path on your road to recovery and living well.
What’s the Next Step on Your Dual Diagnosis Recovery Journey?
Our staff isavailable 24/7 to answer all of your inquiries either by phone or email. If we don’t have a licensed addiction expert able to talk to you immediately, our admin staff willensurethat one gets back to you within 10 to 15 minutes.