Addiction many times is synonymous with mental illness issues. Statistics show that half of people that abuse drugs and alcohol also have bouts of depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, OCD, or personality disorders. Having two or more diagnoses at the same time with a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder constitutes what is called a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. When two disorders materialize at the same time, these conditions often collaborate which in return affects each disorder separately making it difficult to control the course of either one.
Co-occurring disorders happen differently for everyone. Some will already have mental health issues that will make them turn to drugs and alcohol for relief which will actually only make their mental health much worse. Other people will first develop an addiction that can generate a mental health disorder from the severity and type of substances they consume that can intensify the chemical changes that take place in the brain.
Similar parts of the brain are impacted when it comes to both addiction and mental health issues which is why co-occurrence develops frequently with both conditions. Because of the overlapping symptoms from each disorder, sometimes the dual diagnosis can be difficult to detect. Ignoring the signs of these conditions can result in a debilitating process that can afflict someone that suffers from both addiction and mental illness in a bad way. Having a correct diagnosis of these co-occurring disorders is imperative to gain recovery.
For treatment to work with someone that has a dual diagnosis, the substance abuse and the mental health issues must be treated together. Since the symptoms overlap with one another it is almost impossible to separate one from the other. To get the most out of recovery, treating the disorders together can give the best chance at long-term recovery.
Currently there are 8.9 million adults that are suffering from a co-occurring disorder and only about 7 percent of those adults are receiving help for both of their ailments. There are many rehabilitation centers around the country that are now offering treatment for dual diagnosis. By seeking a specialized approach and integrated services, dual diagnosis can be treated in a manner that would provide effective results.
Mental illness and addiction can deteriorate a person’s mental and physical state without getting the appropriate treatment that they need. Finding the right dual diagnosis rehab can be instrumental in receiving the type of treatment and the regimen that will give someone a rewarding new way to live.
Renewal Recovery Solutions offers innovative clinical services and therapeutic curriculum that can accommodate the needs of someone that is struggling with drugs and alcohol. Our main concern is the sustainability for each of our clients to maintain a healthy and sober lifestyle.
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