Dual Diagnosis – Middletown (845) 207-5158

A dual diagnosis is given when a drug or alcohol addiction is accompanied by a mental health disorder. Since each illness in a dual diagnosis is a separate condition, each needs its own treatment. However, treatment for both diagnoses must be integrated for the best chances of long-term recovery.

The Prevalence of Dual Diagnosis

Recent studies show that a dual diagnosis, which is also known as a co-occurring disorder, is more prevalent than previously thought. About half of those who have a severe mental illness like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and one-third of all people with any type of mental illness also have a substance addiction. Additionally, one-third of those who are addicted to alcohol and one-half of those with a drug addiction also have a mental health disorder.

Without proper care and treatment someone suffering from both a mental health disorder may find it impossible to recover. Drug Treatment Centers Middletown is equipped to treat any co-existing disorders you may be suffering from. Call us today and speak with a certified addiction counselor. (845) 207-5158

Why So Common?

Experts cite three major reasons why so many people enter treatment with co-occurring disorders:

  • Self-medication is the most common reason why those with a mental illness turn to drugs or alcohol. Someone with severe social anxiety may abuse alcohol to cope with social situations, while someone with depression may abuse prescription medications in an attempt to feel a sense of wellbeing.
  • Abusing drugs and alcohol nearly always make a mental health condition worse.
  • Abusing drugs and alcohol can cause the onset of a mental illness where one didn’t exist before. And in fact, the long-term side effects of most drugs of abuse include developing mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, or paranoia.

Types of Mental Health Disorders Commonly Found in a Co-Occurring Disorder

While anxiety and depression are very common mental health illnesses that often accompany an addiction, a wide range of mental disorders may contribute to substance abuse.

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia often result from underlying issues including low self-esteem and a skewed self-perception.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by repetitive or ritualistic behaviors that serve to keep the mind busy to ward off intrusive thoughts.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes nightmares, emotional instability, anxiety, and flashbacks for those who witnessed or were a victim of a traumatic event.

Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder in which episodes of mania alternate with episodes of severe depression. During the manic period, it’s common for those with this illness to engage in very risky behaviors.

Panic disorder causes intense, debilitating episodes of fear that causes physical symptoms like chest pain, increased heart rate, and sweating.

Treating a Co-Occurring Disorder

Treatment for co-occurring disorders should ideally be received at a rehab center that specializes in dual diagnoses. Dual diagnosis treatment centers in Middletown provide integrated treatment for each condition in a collaborative effort across treatment teams for the best possible outcome. Treatment for the mental health disorder is approached with the addiction in mind, and vice-versa.

Treatment for co-occurring disorders begins with detoxing the body of the substance of addiction, which is followed by comprehensive and individualized treatment for the psychological aspects of the addiction and the mental disorder. Treatment therapies for co-occurring disorders include:

Pharmacotherapy is the use of prescription medications to manage symptoms of the mental illness.

Psychotherapy is a term that describes face-to-face talk therapy, which helps patients understand both illnesses. Psychotherapy takes place in both one-on-one and group sessions, and family therapy is often used to help improve communication among family members for a more functional household.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps patients become aware of their own thought processes and behaviors that are self-destructive. They learn to identify harmful ideas, attitudes, and actions and replace them with healthier ways of thinking and behaving. Patients also learn essential skills and strategies to help them identify and avoid triggers, cope with stress, and manage their cravings.

After treatment is successfully completed, an aftercare plan is formulated to help ensure long-term recovery. The aftercare program will include a wide range of components, including ongoing therapy and continued management of the mental illness and the medications used to treat it.

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