When a person who is addicted to drugs also has a mental illness, medical professionals in the rehab community give them a “dual diagnosis.” Also known as co-occurring disorders, the combination of mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction can be complicated to treat. Patients need specialized care for both conditions. Additionally, treatment should be done at the same time and change to suit the needs of both conditions.
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Symptoms of mental health disorders can often be mistaken for other health issues. When this happens, patients are often treated for non-existent illnesses while the real disorder is left undiagnosed and untreated. As a result, a patient can become frustrated with the continuation of symptoms, and start abusing substances in an attempt to find relief.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that almost 18 million American adults had a serious mental health problem within the last 12 months. Of these, more than 22% had co-occurring conditions. In Kissimmee, it is estimated that 3,700 people have been diagnosed with mental health disorders in the last year, and over 800 will have co-existing disorders.
The most common types of mental disorder associated with co-occurring disorders treatments are:
The combinations of some disorders and addiction tend to follow patterns. For example, alcohol abuse and incidences of depression co-occur frequently. Similarly, people suffering from anxiety, PTSD or OCD who abuse substances tend to misuse opiates and painkillers, such as Xanax or Vicodin.
It is not known why there is a close relationship between these groups. It is thought that patients may believe that alcohol or drugs will make them feel better. For example, depressed people may turn to alcohol to enhance their mood. However, alcohol is a depressant, and taking it will actually make the underlying condition worse.
In-patient treatment is best for dealing with new patients. The initial treatment phase will include detoxification, which will get the patient off the addictive substance. The patient will be carefully monitored during this period, and will be given help to cope with withdrawal symptoms. This help can include medications.
Every individual has different needs when it comes to dual diagnosis treatment. Our clinical staff will assess each individual to devise the best therapeutic program for that person. Dealing with underlying mental issues is a key part of co-occurring disorders therapy. If deemed necessary, the patient will be prescribed psychopharmacological medications.
During the residential phase of the treatment program, psychotherapy sessions will be offered to address the mental disorder and the addiction issue. Some of these will be group sessions, and others will be person to person. A key component of the therapy sessions is bringing patients to an in-depth understanding of the nature of their disorder or addiction. This is vital so that patients can learn how to cope with their problems.
Specific therapies will differ dependent on the problems being addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people to recognize and avoid situations that may encourage them to relapse.
Patients will be offered advice on where they can receive support and help when the residential treatment phase is completed, and will be helped to arrange aftercare. They will be put in contact with organizations like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and will have follow-up outpatient sessions at the treatment center.
If you need to find out more about co-occurring conditions and what we can do to help people suffering from co-occurring conditions, please call (321) 697-7113. Speak with the professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee by phone 24/7.