At Treasure Coast Recovery, our treatment program is designed especially to meet the specific needs of the dual diagnosis client. In order to effectively treat addiction, the underlying causes of addiction must first be understood.
What is Dual Diagnosis
A dual diagnosis patient suffers from both a mental illness and some form of substance abuse issue. Typically, a dual diagnosis occurs when the client attempts to self-medicate or ease the symptoms of their mental illness with the use of drugs or alcohol, which in turn becomes a dependency. With a case of dual diagnosis, both the mental health issue and the drug or alcohol addiction have distinct symptoms that compromise one’s ability to function making it difficult to handle life’s obstacles and interact with others.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Once a dual diagnosis client realizes the underlying causes of their addiction, they can learn to manage their mental illness and lead a healthy life.
In order for the dual diagnosis addict or alcoholic to enjoy successful recovery, it is essential that depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders are correctly diagnosed and managed. Our dual diagnosis therapy is a form of care developed for individuals who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol, as well as a co-occurring psychological diagnosis, such as depression or anxiety. Dual diagnosis care involves examining any underlying physiological causes to addiction, which can be successfully managed through non-addictive medications if appropriate. The client is then taught techniques for managing emotions and how to process them in a healthy manner.
At Treasure Coast Recovery, we have the opportunity to evaluate the dual diagnosis client as the mind returns to its natural state without the influence of drugs and alcohol. We see both the before and after picture, which gives us insight to develop the right kind of solution for that individual. We find we are able to discover more about the client who has had previous psychological treatment due to the perspective we observe during treatment.
Common Disorders Among Dual Diagnosis Clients