Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center
A dual diagnosis treatment center is a substance abuse and mental health treatment environment. Patients who suffer from drug or alcohol abuse, as well as from a psychiatric issue, such as bi-polar disorder, PTSD, depression and many others are appropriate for a dual diagnosis treatment center.
Attending a dual diagnosis treatment center, rather than just a traditional substance abuse treatment program is critical for one who has psychiatric issues and substance abuse issues, treating only the chemical dependency is treating only 50% or less of the problem. Left untreated, the mental health issue will almost certainly cause a substance abuse relapse.
People who suffer from mental illness are especially prone to developing problems with alcohol and drug abuse. People with mental illness use drugs and alcohol for the same reasons as people without a mental illness, but the former are often much more sensitive to the negative effects of alcohol and drugs and to addiction, due to the attendant psychiatric conditions.
Not so surprisingly, one of every two people in the U.S., diagnosed with a severe mental illness, is a substance abuser, as well.
Most people with dual diagnosis can achieve full recovery, when they attend a dual diagnosis treatment center, where qualified staff and proven treatment methods are prescribed and followed by the patients.
Treatment at a dual diagnosis treatment center is often longer and more complex than that provided at a traditional chemical addiction treatment program, due to the added aspect of mental health deterioration.
Achieving Recovery from Mental Illness and Substance Abuse:
Most people with dual diagnosis are able to achieve full recovery from drug or alcohol abuse. The odds of that recovery improve greatly when people receive integrated dual diagnosis treatment. That means they receive mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment from the same clinician or clinical team of experts in an environment wherein they can comfortably and safely focus on the two matters, concurrently.
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