Far too many people are being treated for their addictions and their mental health issues separately, when they really should be getting treated for them both at the same time. This is called dual diagnosis treatment, but you may also hear it referred to as integrated dual disorder treatment or co-occurring disorder treatment.
Dual diagnosis treatment centers are still fairly new, but they're so important when it comes to treating addiction the right way. Unless the underlying cause of the addiction is addressed, those addictive behaviors are likely to resurface and result in a relapse. Relapses are dangerous. Not only can they result in creating a terrible addiction cycle that can be hard to escape from, but relapsing can lead to overdose because of changing tolerance levels in the body.
The best way to protect against relapsing is to treat the addiction at its core. Most of the time, that means opting for dual diagnosis treatment that combines addiction treatment and mental health treatment instead of keeping the two separated.
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Unlike the type of treatment that was typical prior to the 1990s, dual diagnosis treatment aims to combine the best aspects of mental health care and addiction treatment. By blending them together, patients experience a much higher success rate upon completion. However, you might be confused about what exactly a dual diagnosis is, and how to know if that's something you're dealing with.
Dual diagnosis refers to the presence of some type of mental health disorder while an addiction disorder is also present. Some examples might include:
There are many different psychiatric and mental health disorders that exist alongside addiction, and if you have a dual diagnosis, that means you've been diagnosed with both. It's important to remember that not everyone who suffers from a mental illness has actually been diagnosed. Some people continue to suffer with them for years, and never say anything to anyone about them. It's important to get that diagnosis so that you can get the type of treatment you need for your addiction as well.
When you take a closer look at the statistics, it's actually quite remarkable to note how many people never receive treatment for both addiction and their mental health disorder. In 2002, the percentage of people who did was only 12% out of four million adults in the United States. It might also surprise you to know that:
It's clear that these statistics need to change. Integrated dual disorder treatment can help in a variety of ways, but it all begins by helping you with leaving your addictive behaviors behind, aiding you in overcoming withdrawal, and addressing the source of your addiction. Unless these three key components are accomplished, addiction treatment is not effective in most cases, and relapses will occur.
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It's possible that you understand the importance of getting treatment for your co-occurring disorder, but you might be feeling a bit apprehensive about going to an inpatient dual diagnosis treatment program. Many people shy away from the idea of inpatient treatment, but it's something that most people desperately need during the beginning stages of recovery.
Inpatient dual diagnosis treatment offers you:
Most people find that they truly needed the additional care and supervision that inpatient dual diagnosis treatment provides, and they're thankful they took that all-important first step and asked for help from qualified professionals. It's definitely a significant investment in your life and in your future.
It's possible that you're concerned about what types of things you should be looking for when you're considering dual diagnosis treatment centers. This is understandable; especially if you've never thought about getting this type of treatment before. You want to look for a few key components:
It is possible to find all of these components in one place, and once you do, you'll find that the treatment you receive will be based on your individual needs, and you're much more likely to be successful when you complete it.
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Regardless of whether or not you've ever gotten treatment for your addiction or your mental health issues in the past, if both conditions exist, it's best that neither of them is ignored. In fact, the best approach is to address them at the same time in a controlled environment where you can receive support during all hours of the day or night.
At Northpoint Recovery, our goal is to provide our patients with the utmost in patient care. For those who need dual diagnosis treatment, we are careful to offer them the tools they need to recover from their addictions. We encourage and we empower our patients to thrive, and we prepare them for what they will encounter once their treatment is completed. Our job is to carefully synchronize the treatment you receive so that all of your needs are addressed properly.
If you would like to learn more about how Northpoint Recovery can help you in your addiction recovery, we would love to hear from you. We can provide you with a recommendation over the phone, and help you get started right away. Please contact us.