Although many professionals have recognized the need for more specialized services for those with both substance abuse and mental health disorders (referred to as dual diagnosis), the ability to treat both concurrently has been lagging. To that end, dual diagnosis rehabs have been designed to address this void in service by dealing with co-occurring disorders and giving those in need a fighting chance at recovery.
Mental Health and Addiction
Statistically, about 50% of those with severe mental health disorders are also affected by substance abuse; 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers have mental health disorders; 29% of those diagnosed as mentally ill also abuse either alcohol or drugs, according to reports published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.With these statistics, it’s no wonder that those with dual diagnosis typically go through the revolving doors of treatment over and over again, chronically relapsing.
Since most treatment centers address only one issue at a time (either the addiction or the mental health disorder), fragmented and uncoordinated services are the result. Now, with the new dual diagnosis rehabs, treatment may take place in a seamless manner at the same location, using an illness model approach, rather than a moralistic one. This specialized way of treating the individualhelps deal with underlying issues and addiction.
Dual Diagnosis Rehabs and psyche medications
Acceptance of needed psyche medications is also part of this type of treatment – not usually the case in addiction-only rehabs. In the past, one would have to get clean and sober for a period of time before being assessed for mental health treatment.
Paradoxically, the mental health issues can make getting clean next to impossible. And some with an awareness of their mental health issues use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate when appropriate care is unavailable.Self medication can get out of hand and treatment at a rehab which can deal with all a patient’s issues is critical. A dual diagnostic rehab’s approach encompasses a wider range of care that includes and involves family, while addressing other crucial areas like stress management, social networks, employment, housing and even social activities.A dual diagnosis rehab designed to addresses all these areas may lead to a successful start for those who often fall through the cracks.
What to expect from a dual diagnosis rehab
Furthermore, it is imperative to understand what dual diagnosis centers will do for your loved one. Once admitted, a clinical team conducts evaluations to determine which mental afflictions are present and how they are affecting the patient’s addiction. This will assist them in creating an individualized treatment plan.
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