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Dual Diagnosis in orange county, ca.

Drug and alcohol addiction simply doesn't happen in a vacuum or appear overnight. For many people, their addiction to substances frequently is a symptom of deeper psychological issues that are unresolved and painful. People who have a substance abuse problem and a co-current mental disorder have what is commonly known as a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is challenging to treat, and it is a shockingly common condition.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) statistics, 9.2 million Americans are afflicted with dual diagnosis disorder. It is also estimated that 45 percent of Americans experience a dual diagnosis. Additionally, 23 percent of young adults in the United States have a dual diagnosis. Those struggling with complex conditions require specialized professional help found at a dual diagnosis treatment center.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

As already defined, dual diagnosis occurs when an individual has a mental illness along with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. The common mental illnesses that are often seen along with substance abuse include the following:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
• Schizophrenia
• Bipolar disorder
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 

Interestingly, dual diagnosis does not exclusively apply to substance abuse issues. Dual diagnosis can also occur in those people who have process addictions (also commonly known as behavioral addictions). Examples include gambling addiction, food addiction, internet addiction, and sex addiction. You may often hear the term co-occurring disorders when dual diagnosis is discussed in articles, blogs, or on the news. In many instances, both of these terms are used interchangeably. Many feel that co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis are the same. There are slight differences between the two terms, and this difference depends on the nature of the diagnosis:
• For those with a dual diagnosis, the discovered conditions could have substance abuse as the leading underlying cause but are two separate diagnoses.

• For those with a co-occurring disorder, the onset of their mental illness may lead them to use substances in order to cope with their feelings. Likewise, chronic dependence on substances led to the onset of a mental illness.

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis?

People with substance abuse issues and mental illness have overlapping symptoms that can make treatment difficult. The common signs and symptoms of people who develop dual diagnosis are the following:


• People cannot remember the last time they experienced any peace or joy without the use of substances. It is often the case that people will self-medicate with substances when confronted with stresses in their daily life. If people need substances in order to find comfort, they can be experiencing dual diagnosis.

 

•People with dual diagnosis have stress and anxiety issues that are long-standing and unresolved. If they aren’t able to deal with stress and anxiety in a healthy manner, they may resort to drugs and alcohol to numb those feelings. While addressing the underlying roots of their issues, their substance intake increases, and their mental health continues to deteriorate.

 

•People with dual diagnosis may also have experienced trauma in the past that also has been resolved. The source of trauma can include a sudden death of a loved one, surviving a natural disaster, experiencing a war-type situation, among others.
People with dual diagnosis may often come from families with a history of mental illness or addiction.

 

Additional signs and symptoms can include the following:
• Social withdrawal from family and other loved ones
• Wide mood swings
• Excessive feelings of worry
• Intense feelings of despair, hopelessness, and worthlessness that do not subside
• Difficulty in keeping up with work, school, or family obligations
• Relationship issues
• Dramatic shifts in moods or energy levels

Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment is Important

For those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, dual diagnosis treatment provides the programs and services that will give people the best chance at long-term recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment is important because it features an integrated and holistic approach that treats the whole person. Treatment staff at dual diagnosis treatment centers fully understand the complex and interrelated nature of the disorder. People with dual diagnosis often have more severe medical, social, and emotional problems when compared to those with just a mental illness or drug addiction.

The Components of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

For those with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, dual diagnosis treatment provides the programs and services that will give people the best chance at long-term recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment is important because it features an integrated and holistic approach that treats the whole person. Treatment staff at dual diagnosis treatment centers fully understand the complex and interrelated nature of the disorder. People with dual diagnosis often have more severe medical, social, and emotional problems when compared to those with just a mental illness or drug addiction.

DETOXIFICATION

Medical detoxification is the first and most important step in long-term recovery from dual diagnosis. When you abruptly quit using drugs, you will experience a variety of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can be very uncomfortable and painful to endure. Under medical staff’s close and strict supervision, the medical detox process will help you taper you off substances gradually in a safe, secure, and clean environment. This process involved the use of medications as well as interventions such as nutrition therapy and recreational therapy. The goal of detox is to help you achieve mental and physical stability so you can transition into an intensive treatment program.

ASSESSMENT

Once you are stable, you will undergo a comprehensive evaluation that is performed by expert mental health professionals and addiction treatment staff. This evaluation will assess your overall well-being, including your emotional, physical, social, and psychological health. Treatment staff will use the results of this evaluation to create a customized treatment plan that best fits your unique treatment needs and goals.

INTENSIVE TREATMENT

Intensive inpatient treatment is another important component of dual diagnosis treatment. Your individualized treatment program will feature a broad spectrum of traditional therapies as well as more holistic approaches. Therapy is a cornerstone of inpatient treatment and is done one-on-one, in groups, and in family settings. Common therapies used in dual diagnosis include:
• Psychotherapy
• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Motivational Interviewing
Holistic therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, animal therapy, yoga, meditation, and acupuncture are also common programs found in dual diagnosis treatment centers. Another important component of inpatient treatment is medication management—especially for those struggling with mental illness. Under qualified treatment personnel’s close and strict supervision, l medications will be prescribed as part of an overall care regimen.

AFTERCARE

An especially important component of dual diagnosis residential treatment is aftercare programs. Recovering from substance abuse and mental health issues is a lifelong process. Therefore, it is vital that you receive ongoing counseling and support after you successfully complete a dual diagnosis treatment program. Aftercare may include:

• Continued therapy and 12-step group support
• Continued mental health counseling
• Life skills training
• Access to community resources
• Sober living housing or moving into a mental health residential treatment facility

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Dual diagnosis can have crippling effects on you and your family. When looking for professional help for your co-occurring disorders, you need to find a reputable facility with evidence-based programs, compassionate staff, and a fusion of traditional and holistic therapy approaches that are individually tailored to meet your unique and specific needs. Creo Spero is a dual diagnosis facility that checks all of those boxes.

 

Creo Spero is a luxury treatment center that provides a personal approach to dual diagnosis treatment. Our experienced staff will work with you in finding the right balance of programs and services that will give you the tools and support you need to address and effectively manage your dual diagnosis. We will empower you to start living your best life. Call Creo Spero today and begin your transformation.

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