What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, is a condition that arises when a person simultaneously suffers from a mental health condition and substance abuse problem. This can make a recovery more complex and requires a different approach to treatment.

An example of a dual diagnosis would be someone who has depression and abuses alcohol to cope or ‘self-medicate’. There are many reasons why people ‘self-medicate’ with drugs and alcohol, including trying to numb certain feelings and escape from the world.

A dual diagnosis helps to treat this behavior at its root cause. This approach targets both substance abuse and mental health conditions with specialized treatment to provide the best chances of recovery.

Mental Health and Addiction

There is a strong link between mental health and drug abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that around one out of every four people with a serious mental illness also has a substance use disorder. The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health additionally showed that 9.5 million people in the United States were diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder along with a substance abuse disorder.

Addiction can impact mental health and vice versa. As noted above, people with mental health issues may use substances to self-medicate and to cope. Similarly, substances such as drugs and alcohol can make symptoms associated with mental health conditions much worse. If you have a family history of mental health disorders, alcohol or drug abuse can increase the chances of triggering an underlying condition that you may not be aware of.

Mental health conditions that we treat at NP Addiction Clinic include:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Employing techniques such as behavioral therapies, during your time in our center, you’ll work with a specialist to alleviate the impact mental health disorders have and achieve a healthy, happy life, which will improve your wellbeing.

Substance abuse treatments that we offer include:

  • Alcohol detox
  • Opioid detox
  • Methadone detox

NP Addiction Clinic is fully licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide detox treatment. We are also certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide opioid detox.

Detox can seem a difficult process, but worth it to start on your way to health and happiness. Once detox is complete, you’ll receive mental health treatment tailored to your specific needs. This dual diagnosis treatment goes a long way in starting your recovery journey.

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Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis can be any combination of mental health conditions and substance abuse, such as depression and alcohol or anxiety and opioids. NP Addiction Clinic recognizes that each dual diagnosis is unique, which is why we offer bespoke treatment plans and a thorough assessment process to identify each individual's needs.

Mental health conditions that we treat at NP Addiction Clinic include:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Employing techniques such as behavioral therapies, during your time in our center, you’ll work with a specialist to alleviate the impact mental health disorders have and achieve a healthy, happy life, which will improve your wellbeing.

Substance abuse treatments that we offer include:

  • Alcohol detox
  • Opioid detox
  • Methadone detox

NP Addiction Clinic is fully licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide detox treatment. We are also certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide opioid detox.

Detox is a difficult process, but worth it to start on your way to health and happiness. Once detox is complete, you’ll receive mental health treatment tailored to your specific needs. This dual diagnosis treatment goes a long way in starting your recovery journey.

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Treatment for a Dual Diagnosis

After being diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, you’ll begin treatment. Before commencing mental health treatment, you must detox from alcohol or drugs first.

Treatment for substance abuse includes:

  • Detoxes to remove harmful substances from your body
  • Medication to manage withdrawal symptoms
  • Therapy to help you stay sober
  • Support groups

NP Addiction Clinic detoxes are medically supervised for the best chances of success. Medical detoxes are much safer than other types, and our treatment programs ensure that you are supported throughout the process.

Once the detox is complete, treatment for mental health disorders can begin. Treatment for your mental health may include:

  • Therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Medication specifically for your mental health condition
  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Support groups to foster a sense of community

Finding the most appropriate treatment for a dual diagnosis is an integral part of beginning treatment. For this very reason, we offer a completely personalized approach to suit each person's needs. An integrated treatment approach helps to target the root cause of drug abuse and mental health disorders and lower the chances of a relapse.

Benefits of Inpatient Care for Dual Diagnosis

As a dual diagnosis can be a combination of many mental health conditions and substance use disorders, treatment centers are often the best places to seek help. Here, clients can receive specialized care and have a robust support system around them at all times.

Some of the benefits of inpatient care in the NP Addiction Clinic treatment center include:

  • A thorough assessment process to identify specific needs
  • Around the clock care and support
  • Access to support groups
  • Medically assisted detoxes
  • Bespoke treatment programs
  • Access to alumni services after treatment
  • Support when returning to the community
  • Immersion in a community setting filled with people also learning to live without alcohol or drugs

Dual diagnosis recovery is an incredibly personal process, which is why NP Addiction Clinic makes sure to support our clients with access to medication and therapy for their recovery process. Working with specialists for different conditions, our clients obtain supportive mental health treatment to solidify recovery for both addiction and mental health disorders.

If you require dual diagnosis treatment, it is vital to seek immediate help. In doing so, you’ll receive personalized, integrated treatment in a supportive, safe environment. NP Addiction Clinic prides itself on offering exemplary physical, mental, and emotional care to all clients.

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