What Is a Dual Diagnosis?
Someone diagnosed with both a mental illness and a substance use disorder is known to have a dual diagnosis. Also known as co-occurring disorders, a dual diagnosis must be treated using specialized therapy that addresses both disorders simultaneously. Otherwise, the person can relapse back to drug and alcohol use and may never learn how to manage or recover from one or both disorders.
Dual diagnosis is highly common and affects an estimated 50% of all people with a mental illness, and 50% of all people with a substance use disorder.
Symptoms of any mental illness can be difficult to cope with, especially for someone who isn’t receiving any form of treatment. Many individuals with mental illness may try using drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication to reduce their symptoms and try to feel better. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol are usually only short-term solutions for mental illness and can make symptoms worse over time.
On the flip side, drug and alcohol addiction can increase a person’s risk of developing a mental illness. Chronic use of drugs and alcohol can lead to changes in your brain chemistry and alter levels of important chemicals like serotonin and dopamine that play a role in your mood. After a period of heavy drug and alcohol use, you may lose pleasure in normal activities and suffer anxiety and depression as a result.
Certain types of illicit drugs, like methamphetamine, can even trigger paranoia and psychotic behavior that requires hospitalization to prevent violence, suicide, and homicide.
How Is Mental Health Treatment Integrated Into Addiction Treatment?
Many drug and alcohol rehab facilities offer dual diagnosis therapy and other mental health treatments in all their programs.
At Camelback Recovery, we understand the importance of treating dual diagnosis and screening all patients for mental health conditions upon arriving at our facility for addiction treatment. All our mental health treatments can be easily integrated and included in your addiction treatment program so you can experience a fulfilling recovery from both your mental condition and substance use disorder.
Drug and alcohol detox is the first treatment that will be administered for patients with a dual diagnosis. Detox helps you get safely through withdrawal and recover from physical dependence on drugs and alcohol. Medications can be used to minimize your withdrawal symptoms and help you feel more comfortable. Detox can take several days or weeks, depending on the severity of your addiction and how you respond to treatment.
After you complete detox, you can start receiving behavioral therapy, or dual diagnosis therapy, that addresses both your mental health condition and addiction-related behaviors. For example, you may learn special skills that teach you how to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety without resorting to drugs and alcohol.
Camelback Recovery understands that everyone has their unique story and situation as it relates to addiction and mental health and is devoted to developing a customized treatment plan that will cater to your specific situation. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure you’re getting the mental health treatment you need to successfully recover from and/or manage your dual diagnosis.
Where to Find Mental Health Treatment in Phoenix
At Camelback Recovery, we offer mental health treatment in both our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). We also operate three sober living homes for men and women who live in or near Phoenix.
Camelback Recovery provides treatment to residents across the state of Arizona and greater Phoenix area which include Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale. Contact us today or call (602) 466-9880 to learn more about our therapy options.