So many people are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders every single year, and yet, many of them either don't go on to get help for them, or they end up being treated for their conditions separately instead of together. What they aren't realizing is that there is a way to treat co-occurring disorders together, and it's a method that's actually preferred by most experts in the addiction treatment field. Dual diagnosis treatment has changed the way many professionals view addiction treatment in general because it allows them to offer the right kind of help to patients who also suffer from mental illnesses.
It's possible that you have a co-occurring disorder, or you suspect that you may have one, and you have a lot of questions about how dual diagnosis treatment or integrated dual disorder treatment could help you. You may be wondering:
Getting answers to these and any other questions you might have can help you make the right decision for yourself. You'll be able to understand whether or not this type of treatment is appropriate for your recovery needs.
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A dual diagnosis refers to the presence of any mental health or psychiatric illness alongside addiction. When they present together, they result in a unique set of circumstances that ultimately involve a particular type of treatment. In the past, when mental health problems and addictions existed within the same patient, the addiction was addressed first. In most cases, treatment for the psychiatric condition didn't even begin until the patient was considered to be clean and sober. This is problematic for a lot of reasons. Usually, psychiatric conditions and addiction are closely intertwined with each other, and because of this, it's essential to provide the type of help that will address them both simultaneously.
You may be thinking that while it certainly sounds like you might be a candidate for integrated dual disorder treatment, you're not exactly sure if it's the right course of action for you. There are a number of signs you can look for within yourself to determine whether or not you should seek out help.
Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, then you should certainly talk with a professional about getting a recommendation for treatment. You most likely do have a co-occurring disorder, and that requires integrated dual diagnosis treatment in order to be treated effectively.
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While you may be starting to accept the idea that you need to get help for your co-occurring disorder, you might not be ready to accept the notion that you need inpatient dual diagnosis treatment. It's actually quite common for people to push aside the notion that they need inpatient care in these circumstances, but inpatient dual diagnosis treatment comes with a host of benefits that you will experience for a long time. These include:
Inpatient dual diagnosis treatment is appropriate for almost everyone who is in need of help for a co-occurring disorder. You'll find that it allows you to focus on your recovery in a way that's much different than if you were to opt for an outpatient setting.
While you may know about the many benefits of inpatient dual diagnosis treatment, you still might be a bit apprehensive about actually getting started with it. This is normal, and everyone feels nervous about it before they actually begin participating in it. You can expect:
More than anything, you'll find that going to dual diagnosis rehab will properly combine the best components of addiction treatment and psychiatric treatment to give you the best possible results for your recovery from addiction.
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The answer to that question is yes. Dual diagnosis treatment centers are becoming more and more common, but even so, not everyone understands their importance. There are still facilities that operate on the assumption that the addiction must receive treatment prior to treating any psychiatric disorder, even though research has proven time and time again that this assumption is false.
At NorthPoint Recovery we understand the importance of treating co-occurring disorders appropriately. We've witnessed first-hand how patients recover from their addictions when the core issues behind them are addressed, and this involves treating the mental health conditions that led to them. If you currently have a diagnosed mental health condition, and you're also suffering from an addiction, it's important to talk with a professional who can recommend the right kind of care for you. In the same way, if your mental health issue is not diagnosed, but you believe one exists, you should also talk with a professional.
We would love to talk with you about how we can help you overcome your addiction and provide treatment for your co-occurring disorder. Please contact us today.