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Dual Diagnosis – Hauppauge

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis is made when someone with an addiction also has a mental health disorder. The addiction and the mental disorder are two separate illnesses that require separate treatment. Also known as co-occurring disorders, effective treatment for dual diagnosis requires both conditions to be addressed and treated at the same time. Any program intended to address one condition must be developed with the other in mind.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Hauppauge specializes in treating addictions and mental health disorders separately, but simultaneously through a collaborative effort between treatment teams.

Medical detox is the first step to successful treatment. Detox is followed by comprehensive therapies that address the addiction and the mental illness, and medications may be administered to treat the mental disorder. The successful completion of treatment is followed by an aftercare program that helps maintain good mental health and prevent a relapse of the addiction. Call Drug Treatment Centers Hauppauge and get the help you need now. Dial (631)-729-7104.

The Relationship between Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Recent studies have shown that co-occurring disorders are more prevalent than once believed. About one-third of people with any type of mental illness and one-half of those with a severe mental illness also have a substance addiction. Conversely, about one-third of people with an addiction to alcohol and one-half of those who are addicted to drugs also have a mental illness.

There are three important factors that often contribute to co-occurring disorders:

  • People with a mental illness often use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.
  • Abusing substances almost always worsen a mental health condition.
  • Drugs and alcohol can cause the initial onset of symptoms of mental illness in people who have never experienced mental issues before.

Mental Illnesses that Commonly Occur with Addiction

Depression and anxiety are the mental health disorders most commonly associated with substance addiction. Those with clinical depression often use drugs or alcohol to mask depressive symptoms. Those with a generalized anxiety disorder may use these substances to alleviate anxiety and ease the discomfort of social interaction.

Other mental illnesses that commonly occur with addiction include:

  • Eating disorders, which are characterized by an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise and include binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder, which causes compulsive repetitive or ritualistic behaviors that help stop intrusive thoughts.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, which results after witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event. This condition is marked by flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, and emotional instability.
  • Personality disorders, which affect self-perception and how you interact with other people. Those with personality disorders often have trouble establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Schizophrenia, a very serious mental illness that affects the way you perceive the world at large and causes delusions, psychotic episodes, and difficulty functioning socially.
  • Bipolar disorder, a severe mood disorder that is characterized by alternating episodes of intense mania and severe depression, resulting in deeply unstable emotional states. The period of mania is often marked by engaging in risky behaviors.
  • Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

    Three of the most common treatment methods for dual diagnoses are psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and behavioral therapy.

    • Psychotherapy includes different types of “talk therapy” that help patients learn about their addiction and mental illness and gain self-awareness surrounding underlying issues that contribute to both conditions.
    • Pharmacotherapy is the administration of medications to treat various mental illnesses.
    • Behavioral therapy helps patients learn to identify self-destructive thought patterns and replace them with healthy ways of thinking and behaving.
    • Most treatment programs utilize group, family, and individual therapy during treatment.

      Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Treatment Centers

      In general, inpatient treatment is best for those with co-occurring disorders due to the complex relationship between addiction and mental illness. These conditions requires intense treatment away from the stress and triggers of the outside world.

      After the treatment program is successfully completed, an individualized aftercare program is set in place to help promote long-term recovery from both the addiction and the mental illness.

      These programs typically include:

      • On-going group, family, and individual therapy.
      • Participation in 12-step or similar peer support groups.
      • Vocational rehabilitation to help patients find and maintain employment.
      • On-going assessment of the mental health disorder and the medications used to treat it.
      • On-going assessment of individual needs related to recovery.
      • Time spent in a sober living facility to help ease the transition from treatment to the “real” world.
      • Relapse prevention programs that build on coping skills and strategies to help patients alleviate stress, manage cravings, and avoid triggers to help prevent a relapse of the addiction.

      Using these strategies can increase the likelihood of maintaining a healthy, sober lifestyle.

      Finding a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Near You

      Learn more about Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers and addiction treatment programs. Residents in Hauppauge, New York, call (631)-729-7104.

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