Dual diagnosis treatment is required when patients are not only addicted to substances but are also masking a mental disorder. These mental disorders may be subtle such as anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, and trauma. In many cases, the patient is self-medicating and experimenting with what they believe to be natural medicines that alter their mood, calm them, and help them bond with others. When they feel good from addictive drugs, the burden of the mental disorder is lightened until they crash and have problems reaching the same sense of well-being due to drug-tolerance. The destructive cycle begins as addicts progress to harder drugs and other criminal behaviors to support the expense of their habits.

The unfortunate reality is that drugs exacerbate many latent mental disorders. Patients may have been able to function fine before they started to party. Once exposed to drugs or alcohol, the psychological problems become more pronounced as other parts of their personality begin to break down. For example, if you suffer short-term memory loss from marijuana or opiates, then it may be more difficult to retain the coherent parts of your personality that suppressed the mental disorder. Using drugs can also exhaust supplies of serotonin and dopamine that were helping you deal with your mood disorders. It is a known fact that your body defensively stops producing its own dopamine when other substances are binding to receptors and overstimulating them.

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Having a secondary mental disorder makes it much harder to become sober. If we believe our patients have serious mental disorders and that drug addiction is a secondary diagnosis, we may have to refer them to mental health specialists for appropriate treatment. In the majority of cases, the mental symptoms are directly a result of the drug use. Drugs like PCP can even cause severe drug-induced psychosis symptoms that mimic schizophrenia and last for years.

Many people who have latent mental problems are very intelligent people. Our dual diagnosis treatment program doesn’t treat them like they are defective. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and should not feel stigmatized and ashamed. In fact, like geniuses on the brink of insanity, the complexity of their minds and personalities are often what masked the latent mental disorder for so long. They were able to cope with certain obsessive and anxiety-driven behaviors because they are creative and good people. We have the highest level of respect for our patients and do everything to consult with them one-on-one to understand their deepest struggles.

Our dual diagnosis treatment center is here to help. We rarely see a patient who does not have secondary mental issues driving the drug addiction and lifestyle. Our goal is to first isolate and detox patients in order to differentiate mental disorders from drug-induced psychosis and influences. There is no better environment than the semi-private home-like quarters that we provide. We monitor our patients 24/7 and typically discharge them from detox after three to five days. When the patient’s body is struggling with an internal war of sickness from withdrawal, they need expert support and all the creature comforts to minimize the crash.

We have a chef and full kitchen on the premises to prepare fresh meals. Being able to enjoy great food and the other comforts of life are incentives to stay sober. The private settings allow them to consult with family and our expert medical staff without the stress of a clinical setting. The beautiful weather and scenery in sunny Florida is right outside the door and always able to bring a smile to any sad face. Our patients are reminded of all the natural things they have to look forward to in a drug-free life without all the baggage holding them down.

Recreational areas allow our patients to unwind and amuse themselves rather than feeling like every pleasure of life is being withheld from them. A clinical hospital setting can cause addicts to crash hard. They are not only suffering from drug withdrawal but are also being punished with sensory deprivation. Our philosophy is that minimizing the impact of the withdrawal helps our patients more quickly recover their bearings and focus on overcoming their problems. Patients shouldn’t feel trapped and like the sky is falling when the internal war in their bodies is negatively influencing their thought processes.

Our dual diagnosis treatment center first assesses the patient’s substance abuse history in explicit detail. We are then able to make a personalized treatment plan. Our staff provides therapy and prescriptions for non-addictive mental health medications. Patients learn how to manage their symptoms in their daily lives. If it is believed that an AXIS-I primary mental health condition exists, we are ready to make the appropriate referrals for more specialized treatment.

Don’t let life pass you by in a delusion. Recovering from addiction with dual diagnosis treatment is only a phone call away. Most insurance plans now cover in-patient detox programs and drug addiction rehabilitation just like any other sickness. Instead of escaping the pain and problems you are facing, it makes sense to strengthen yourself to overcome them. Our friendly staff is standing by and have the training to make you comfortable and happy again without alcohol and substance abuse.

Are You Suitable for Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

You may be suitable for dual diagnosis rehab if you have a drug addiction and a secondary diagnosis of mental disorders. Some treatment facilities only provide dual diagnosis rehab on an inpatient basis so depending on your personal commitments. You may or may not be suitable for such a treatment program. It’s always best to take to an intake counselor about your addiction to find out which type of addiction treatment program you should sign up for.

Cost of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The cost of dual diagnosis treatment in South Florida differs from one treatment center to another. Insurance policies usually cover dual diagnosis treatment programs. NeuroPsychiatric Addiction Clinic accepts both public and private insurance. You are recommended to check with your insurer as well as your selected treatment center for more details.

Does Your Insurance Cover Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Florida?