If you struggle with both addiction and mental health issues, you aren’t alone. This is sometimes called “co-occurring disorders” or “dual diagnosis”. At West Coast Rehab, our staff is specially trained and certified to deal with the unique challenges of dual diagnosis treatment.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
Often times, people struggling with substance abuse also have one or more co-occuring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or PTSD. When someone is struggling with both addiction and mental illness, it is referred to as dual diagnosis.
The relationship between mental illness and substance abuse is both a complex and a common one. Many people who struggle with one struggle with the other, and the treatment of both conditions concurrently is significantly more complicated than the treatment of either condition alone.
How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?
Until fairly recently, substance abuse and mental illness were treated separately, with many unable to find treatment for their mental illness without first getting clean and sober. But as the addiction field progressed, clinicians realized that substance abuse is often driven by an underlying psychiatric issue and BOTH had to be addressed and treated to truly give people a chance at recovery.
Now, clinicians know that to give their clients the highest chance of success, it is imperative to offer parallel treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.
What Types of Disorders Classify As Dual Diagnosis?
Substance abuse combined with any underlying mental illness can be classified as dual diagnosis. This can include:
What Can I Expect from Dual Diagnosis Treatment at West Coast Rehab?
At West Coast Rehab, we specialize in Dual Diagnosis and the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Our highly trained staff will develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses both your substance abuse and mental health issues. This also includes education to help you understand your diagnosis and manage your symptoms so you can leave treatment with the tools necessary to have a fulfilling and joyful life.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction or co-occurring disorders, you aren’t alone. Our staff is here 24 hours a day to answer your questions and get you the help that you need. There IS hope. Call us now at 800-866-1222 for your free and confidential consultation.