It is not uncommon for people to struggle with addiction and mental health disorders at the same time. Although living with dual diagnosis is often serious, it is treatable, and recovery is possible. At Clear Recovery Center, we believe in addressing each co-occurring condition with an individualized approach and multimodal therapies.
The best treatment for dual diagnosis is an integrated intervention that addresses both diagnoses simultaneously. Clear Recovery Center provides an evidence-based approach to treatment that addresses addictive disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders with the same level of attention and care. Our therapists, case managers and mental health staff work to understand each client’s unique needs and preferences in order to design the most effective treatment approach. Keeping in mind the autonomy of our clients, our specialized center offers a full range of integrative recovery services in a structured, safe environment.
With dual diagnosis, addiction and mental health disorders occur together, but this does not necessarily indicate that one condition caused the other, even if one appeared first. Mental illness and substance abuse may occur together because they share common risk factors like genetics, stress and trauma. Too often, treatment for co-occurring disorders is primarily focused on only one condition which increases the risk for relapse. Therefore, it is important that people seeking treatment for co-occurring disorders choose a recovery program that addresses both conditions as distinct, but interconnected issues.
A few mental health disorders that commonly occur alongside drug, sex and/or gaming addictions include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and post- traumatic stress disorder. At Clear Recovery Center, we excel at helping clients struggling with dual diagnosis.
Individuals with dual diagnosis, also referred to as co-occurring disorders, have one or more substance-related disorders as well as one or more mental illnesses. With dual diagnosis, either disorder- substance use or mental illness- can develop first.
Dual diagnosis affects people from all walks of life and all age groups. Although dual diagnosis is often serious and can significantly impact an individual’s ability to meet major responsibilities, it is treatable, and many people recover.
There are many combinations of substance-related disorders and mental illnesses that can occur, so the symptoms of dual diagnosis vary greatly. Signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis may include:
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Sudden changes in behavior or mood
- Difficulty completing daily tasks or meeting responsibilities
- Neglecting health & hygiene
- Difficulty managing finances
- Loss of control over use of substances
- Reduced ability to concentrate
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
If you believe you or a loved one may have dual diagnosis, contact your doctor or mental health professional as treatment is recommended.