Dual diagnosis is the term used to describe individuals with mental illness who have coexisting drug and alcohol problems. A person with a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness requires its own treatment plan. Diagnosing a primary psychiatric illness in a drug abuser can be challenging, as drug use and abuse often causes psychiatric symptoms. Research shows that dual diagnosed individuals have a greater challenge in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Given this, Recreate Life Counseling Services offers dual diagnosis programs for our clients struggling with this issue.
Dually diagnosed individuals face complex obstacles — the untreated symptoms of a mental illness can cause an individual to struggle with remaining clean and sober, and untreated substance abuse issues makes mental health treatment ineffective. The most common co-occurring mental-health problems include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma-related issues. A drug and alcohol addiction complicates almost every aspect of treating an individual’s co-occurring mental illnesses. For example, there is a greater difficulty in engaging dually-diagnosed individuals in the treatment process, as well as a more challenging diagnosis process due to the interacting effects of the mental illness and substance abuse.
At Recreate Life Counseling, we believe in an integrated treatment approach for all clients, including our dually-diagnosed ones. Recreate’s dual diagnosis program addresses both the substance abuse and mental illness simultaneously given the understanding that these two modes of treatment must be integrated for a well-rounded recovery. Our addiction specialists teach our clients how addiction and mental health disorders can interact and worsen one another. When necessary, we work with our psychiatric staff to provide medical help for the mental health symptoms.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder and mental illness, we urge you to consider entering a dual diagnosis program. Recreate Life Counseling’s dual diagnosis program can help you experience lasting relief and recovery from your mental disorder and substance abuse. Although recovering from a dual diagnosis is not easy, it is possible with the appropriate treatment and support.