The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that 45% of people with an addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. This is known as a dual diagnosis and it impacts nearly 8.9 million Americans every year. While this is a pervasive condition, only 7.4% of those with a dual diagnosis receive the appropriate professional treatment.
Historically, when an individual experiences both addiction and a mental health condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, both conditions were treated in separate manners. In some cases, these treatments would conflict one another, making recovery much more complex and sometimes even unattainable. However, when presented with a dual diagnosis model of treatment, an individual can receive a care plan that is individualized to his or her needs and includes simultaneous treatment of both the addiction and the mental health condition.
At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, we understand how important it is to address both the addiction and the mental health condition at the same time. Therefore, we provide detailed treatment approaches for each one of our clients who is experiencing a dual diagnosis.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment at JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence
Our facility is pleased to offer superior care to each one of our clients. One of the many ways in which we do this is by providing a thorough clinical assessment of the client to help determine how his or her individual treatment plan will look. This plan will include intensive therapies (e.g., individual and group therapies) and 12-Step based work. Experiential therapies, such as equine therapy and ropes courses, will be included in each client’s daily schedule in an effort to help continually address the deep-rooted psychological concerns the client is experiencing.
Psychoeducation is also included into a client’s treatment plan. Through psychoeducation, clients can learn more about addiction as a disease. Learning how the disease works, impacts the mind and body, and causes significant behavioral changes can help set a strong foundation of understanding that can positively contribute to an individual’s recovery.
Whether a client is participating in the women’s professional program or the men’s professional program, he or she will be connected to an experienced and dedicated team of professionals that include therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, and more. With their guidance, each client can begin to unravel the many different layers of his or her dual diagnosis is an effort to begin healing.
Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment Right for You?
Addiction is a disease that does not typically form out of thin air or without reason. Instead, an individual might begin drinking to excess after work to take the edge off or might start using drugs due to peer pressure that stems from feeling like he or she never fit in. Some individuals make the decision to experiment with drugs and/or alcohol and once their addiction has formed, realize that he or she was using to mask uncomfortable feelings. In other words, addiction can begin and continue for a multitude of reasons, however, it is important for an individual to be able to identify if a dual diagnosis might be occurring.
While it takes a mental health professional to officially determine if an individual is grappling with a dual diagnosis, there are some things that one can consider if he or she is curious if a dual diagnosis is occurring. Key symptoms can include the following:
- Being diagnosed with one or more mental health disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or bipolar disorder
- Experiencing pervasive and long-lasting feelings of anxiousness, emptiness, hopelessness, and sadness that do not go away
- Feeling extremely depressed and/or experiencing suicidal thoughts, tendencies, or behaviors
- No longer finding pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed or participated in
- Feeling emotionally unsatisfied without the use of drugs and/or alcohol
- Having a family history of mental health conditions
- Experiencing a traumatic event, many traumatic events, or suffering tragedy
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it can be beneficial for you to seek professional help before your condition worsens and your symptoms become exacerbated.
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The team at JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence is not only trained in treating dual diagnosis but is also passionate about helping effect positive, lasting change in all clients.
Continuing to live with a dual diagnosis can be extremely dangerous. Long-term substance abuse can cause significant physical damage and lead to the potential for a fatal overdose, while untreated mental health symptoms can make achieving good psychological health nearly impossible. When both issues are continuing to feed into one another, an individual can suffer permanent damage to all areas of his or her life. Thankfully, treatment is available.
If you are experiencing any or all of the symptoms of dual diagnosis, do not wait one more day. Please contact us at 844-259-9926 right now. We can help you achieve a life worth living.