Dual Diagnosis Centers
What is Dual Diagnosis?
An individual who is suffering from both an emotional or psychiatric problem, as well as an alcohol or drug addiction is said to have a “dual diagnosis.” To recover fully, the individual needs concurrent treatment for both issues.
How Common Is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis is a common condition in drug or alcohol abuser. A report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association states the following:
37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers are also suffering from at least one serious mental illness.
29 percent of all people diagnosed as mentally ill abuse either drugs or alcohol.
What Kind of Mental or Emotional Problems do people with Dual Diagnosis commonly suffer from?
Dual diagnosis patients commonly suffer from serious psychiatric illnesses including: Depressive disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder); anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias) and other psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and personality disorders.
Treatment For Dual Diagnosis
Very few drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs are properly qualified to treat dual diagnosis, due to the significantly higher standard of treatment care that is required by such facilities. From a clinical team perspective, a dual diagnosis program should have, at minimum, an addiction psychiatrist, a psychologist, Master’s or PhD. Level therapists, Certified Drug Counselors, among others and depending on the size of the dual diagnosis program. Dual Diagnosis treatment curriculum requires comprehensive medication management, a high number of individual therapy sessions each week, combined with small group therapy sessions, daily, as well as a broad range of complimentary therapies.
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