Dual Diagnosis: What You Need to Know

Dual Diagnosis

Are you struggling with addiction and are looking for a treatment center that can help? Or, alternatively, are you dealing with a mental health concern that you feel may be holding you back? For so many folks, it’s not a question of “either-or” when it comes to addiction and mental health concerns. For so many reasons, the most effective treatment for people who have both is called “dual diagnosis.” Here at the Believe Detox Center, we’ve helped so many to overcome both their mental health struggles as well as their addictions.

What is Dual Diagnosis, Exactly?

Simply put, someone who requires this treatment has both an addiction problem (typically to drugs and/or alcohol) as well as a mental health disorder. People tend to have these two at the same time more often than you may think. Some studies have shown that roughly half of those who have a mental health concern will, at some point in their lives, also deal with addiction issues. This particular kind of treatment ensures that both are treated simultaneously, at the same time.

Dual Diagnosis

What This Treatment is Important

This treatment is important because if either the mental health concern or the addiction is treated in isolation, any progress made on one can be undone by the other. For example, if your mental health is treated but not your addiction, then it’s very likely that continuing to misuse a substance will exacerbate the mental health concern. By that same token, if the addiction is treated but the mental health concern is left alone, odds are the next time you’re depressed or something similar, you’re going to misuse the substance so as to feel better. Treating them both, at the same time, is the most effective way forward.

What Dual Diagnosis May Include

At Believe Detox Center, those who require this treatment will be overseen by substance abuse and mental health specialists. Together, they can help to ensure that all of your needs are met. When you arrive at Believe Detox Center, you’ll undergo a full evaluation from our medical professionals. From there, they’ll determine whether or not this treatment is right for you. Psychotherapy, as well as medicated-assisted therapy, is available.

How to Tell if You or Someone You Love May Need This Kind of Treatment

There are some signs that could point to whether or not you need this treatment. For example, perhaps you misuse drugs and/or alcohol to control the pain you may be feeling, intense moods you can’t control, focus on difficult tasks or deal with situations that frighten you. Another clear sign: even when you’re sober/not misusing a substance, you feel depressed, anxious, or like you’re out of control. Additionally, if you feel anxious or like you can’t let go of bad memories and that causes you to misuse a substance. These are all just some of the signs that you may be in need of this kind of treatment.

Treatment for Those Struggling with Addiction and Mental Health Concerns

Through our dual diagnosis treatment, you’ll be able to receive the kind of treatment that can deal with the underlying causes of your addiction, thus helping you to have what you need to ultimately overcome your addiction. By that same token, you’ll also receive the kind of therapy that can help you to overcome any mental health disorders you may have, as well as discover exactly how these co-occurring disorders are connected for you. To learn more about how we can treat you or someone that you care about in your life or to start the process, message us through our site or call (818) 308-3118.

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