Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

03 Mar Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Is Available At Shadow Mountain Recovery.

Dual diagnosis, also called co-occurring disorders, is a co-morbid condition defined as someone who has both a substance abuse problem as well as a psychiatric or emotional issue. Mental illness is not the only condition that accompanies substance abuse in dual diagnosis, many times anxiety, depression; compulsive disorders or phobias plague the patient.

According to Mental Health America (MHA), thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers and fifty-three percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. It’s hard to know if the mental disorder led to substance abuse, through self-medication, or if those suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction have developed psychiatric ailments.

Dual diagnosis covers a wide array of disorders and is as individual as the patient. A co-occurring condition can be difficult to diagnose initially when the patient is actively abusing alcohol or drugs. Often cessation of the substance will allow the most precise diagnosis. However, that is not always possible. A recovery and rehabilitation center likely will perform one, if not multiple, assessment throughout the stay.  The clinical staff at Shadow Mountain Recovery conducts thorough psychological evaluations of all residents at regular intervals.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Some individuals with co-occurring disorders have experienced trauma that has become integrated with substance abuse. Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is also considered a co-occurring condition. It is important when seeking treatment that research is done – both on the probable disorder as well as the possible rehabilitation options. Finding a recovery and behavioral health facility that is skilled in dealing with dual diagnosis will go a long way in insuring that proper treatment is given and full healing can begin.  Shadow Mountain Recovery tailors treatment to the specific needs of each resident.  Modalities include: EMDR, CBT, Stress Management, Motivational Interviewing and Neurofeedback.

Treatment for a patient suffering from a co-occurring disorder will vary based on what mood disorder the patient may suffer from. For example, depression or anxiety may be treated with talk therapy or CBT and journaling while more extensive treatment may be necessary for bi-polar or anti-social conditions. Either way, it is imperative to treat both problems concurrently. Treatment should view both the substance abuse as well as the emotional issues as equal priorities in recovery.

Holistic Approaches

A holistic approach is often the best path to healing. Rehabilitation should include therapy for the mind, body and soul to allow the patient to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Healthy nutrition, regular exercise and defining life goals and values assist in the patient’s restoration as well. Qi Gong and acupuncture as well as meditation are used at Shadow Mountain Recovery for these diagnoses.

Treating concurrent disorders will help you to understand how the dual diagnosis affects your life, will teach you ways of managing your condition and stress once recovery has begun and will reverse negative behaviors that led to substance abuse. Leading a happy and satisfied life is possible – one step forward is the beginning.  At Shadow Mountain, recovery comes first.

Blog Post By Andrew Sidoli, Clinical Director, Shadow Mountain Recovery

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