Dual Diagnosis Treatment

At Adelante Recovery Center, we believe in providing the best possible care and treatment for all of our clients. Until you receive the help you need, it’s often difficult to reach the full mental health and addiction-free lifestyle you so desperately crave. Whether you are the one suffering from addiction, or have had to watch a loved one succumb to it, there is no torture like being unable to break the cycle.

This becomes especially difficult when the individual is also suffering from a mental disorder. When this is the case, it is even harder for people to separate reality from the illusions that are sometimes created by chronic substance abuse. That’s where dual diagnosis treatment comes in.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

When an individual is both addicted to substances and suffering from mental health issues, the combination is termed “dual diagnosis.” As the name suggests, there are two separate issues going on. One the one hand, the person is dealing with a variety of mental health issues, which could include:

… or some combination of the above. At the same time, the individual is also suffering from the many side effects of chronic substance abuse, which include:

  • Nausea
  • Cravings
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Paranoia
  • Impulsivity
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

… and others. Because the two are so distinct, they each need their own treatment plans.

How Do Mood Disorders Affect Addiction?

Adding to the problem is the fact that each disorder contributes significantly to the other. Mental health issues are extremely distressing, causing sleep disorders, trouble working, problems with friends, fear and a host of other unpleasant factors. Many people self-medicate in order to control these feelings. Alcohol and drugs can cause euphoria where formerly there was depression, calm where formerly only anxiety existed, and so on.

At the same time, substance abuse strengthens the power of mental health symptoms, making it harder to determine reality, fight feelings of anxiety and depression, and live a normal life.

How Can Dual Disorder Treatment Help with Recovery?

Dual disorder treatment, therefore, is far more effective than any treatment program that relies solely on addressing one or the other problem. With a treatment program that addresses both at once, the individual can both begin working through the mental health issues while simultaneously addressing the cravings, urges, impulsivity and other factors that come with addiction.

Treatment techniques may include individual therapy, group therapy, withdrawal medication, 12-step programs, medical detox and outpatient programs. Often, our professional therapists will prescribe a combination of techniques to ensure full coverage and the best chance of recovery.

Residential Treatment from Experts in Recovery

At Adelante Recovery Center, our treatment programs are effective and compassionate, bringing many patients out of the darkness of addiction and mental health disorders and into the light of full, productive and loving lives.

If you or a loved one wants to focus on personal recovery in a patient-centered setting, Adelante can help. Our centers are conveniently located, invite family participation, and provide a full range of treatment options to ensure the highest level of success. Our clients routinely leave our centers with the ability to live meaningfully and withstand the challenges of everyday living in the future.