Dual diagnosis is a condition in which a person suffers from both a substance use disorder, and a mental health disorder simultaneously. Both struggles can impact and play off each other, making it difficult to overcome. Dual diagnosis treatment is the most effective way to treat substance use disorder, and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Dual diagnosis is when an individual suffers from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. The addiction and mental health conditions often work together to make the situation go from bad to worse. They can exacerbate addiction symptoms, lead to deeper mental health problems, and more.
There are many different types of dual diagnosis that someone may suffer from. Here are some of the most common combinations:
It’s important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, as there are many other possible combinations.
Dual diagnosis offers a full-picture, comprehensive approach to treating addiction. Many individuals who struggle with substance use disorder also struggle with mental health disorders, with many root causes overlapping such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health disorders.
Because addiction and mental health can so often be entangled, it’s important that the two are treated together, rather than as separate issues for the best results and higher chances of sustained recovery.
The benefits of dual diagnosis treatment include:
There is not one specific cause of dual diagnosis. Instead, there are a variety of different factors that can contribute to the development of both a mental health disorder and an addiction. These factors can include:
Genetic disposition: Some people are simply more likely to develop a mental illness or an addiction because of their genes. If you have a family history of either problem, you may be more likely to suffer from them as well.
Early life trauma: Traumatic experiences in childhood can lead to both mental health problems and addictions later in life.
Poor coping skills: If you don’t have healthy coping mechanisms, you may turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with your problems. This can then, in turn, lead to addiction.
Now, what can you do if you or someone you love is dealing with a dual diagnosis problem. Let’s take a look at what you can expect and how to find the best dual diagnosis treatment near you.
There are many different types of dual diagnosis that someone can deal with. Here are some of the common combinations:
Finding a good dual diagnosis treatment centers in Ohio can feel difficult, especially if this is new to you. But SAMHSA has a great treatment locator tool that can assist you along the way. That said, if you are searching for treatment in Ohio, our team at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers is one phone call away. Now, what should you expect at this type of treatment program?
The first step in dual diagnosis treatment is to get a proper assessment. This will help you and your team of providers understand what’s going on and come up with the best plan for you.
Once you have a diagnosis, you can start working on a treatment plan. This will likely involve therapy, medication, and support groups. It’s important to find a team of providers that you trust and feel comfortable with.
If you have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate, reach out to our dual diagnosis treatment ohio team today and get your new life started.
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