How Are Co-Occurring Disorders Treated?
There is a strong likelihood that a person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol may also have issues with their mental health. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), many people who are addicts have a dual diagnosis and may not be aware of it. Most often addicts and alcoholics who have a mental health concern use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Per NIDA:
Some mental health conditions have been identified as risk factors for developing a substance use disorder. For example, some research suggests that people with mental illness may use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication. Although some drugs may help with mental illness symptoms, sometimes this can also make the symptoms worse. Additionally, when a person develops a mental illness, brain changes may enhance the rewarding effects of substances, predisposing the person to continue using the substance (NIDA).
If you or someone you know has expressed concern for their mental health and is battling the disease of addiction, it is critically important that they are assessed by a mental health practitioner. Our dual diagnosis rehab in Boynton Beach FL has a cross-disciplinary team of physicians, psychiatrists, and therapists who specialize in addiction recovery and mental health treatment. Our dual diagnosis addiction treatment programs are structured in a way that assists dual diagnosis clients to recover from their addictions in a manner that is complementary to their mental health.
At Recreate Life Counseling, our Boynton Beach dual diagnosis treatment center utilizes comprehensive science-based methods for therapy and for substance abuse treatment. Such as cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counseling, small group counseling, and holistic therapy. All the dual diagnosis groups are facilitated by a licensed counselor who is trained in addiction recovery and mental health.