Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What is dual diagnosis?

It is very much possible for a person with a mental illness to turn to an addictive substance like drugs or alcohol to get relief from their symptoms. On the other hand, it is also possible for an individual with a substance use disorder to develop a mental health illness, such as depression or anxiety. This combination of illnesses is called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, and presents a unique challenge to both the patient and the health care professional.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 7.9 Americans suffered from co-occurring disorders. Due to the complexity of their symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose such disorders. In many cases, those suffering from co-occurring disorders receive treatment for only one condition, which worsens the existing symptoms. When not treated completely, there is a possibility of the illness to relapse. An integrated treatment is the best line of treatment for co-occurring disorders. To ensure the best possible recovery and avoid any relapse, effective dual diagnosis rehab programs involve treating both the disorders simultaneously.

Recognizing co-occurring disorders

Symptoms of dual diagnosis vary from person to person, but an effective treatment for dual diagnosis requires an early assessment of the symptoms. For an effective treatment, a comprehensive dual diagnosis program at an inpatient treatment center should be considered both for mental illness and substance abuse at the same time.

Following are some of the signs of substance abuse:

  • Dependency on drugs
  • Compulsion to use drugs
  • Inability to stop using drugs
  • Spending money on drugs even with scare resources
  • Engaging in risky activities while under the influence
  • Stealing or committing other illegal acts to fund drug habit
  • Spending more time on obtaining, using and recovering from drug use

In addition to signs of substance abuse, individuals may also exhibit signs of mental illnesses. These symptoms may vary from person to person, but it gets difficult to recognize the problem when someone is abusing drugs

Following are some of the signs of a mental health disorder:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Oversleeping or insomnia
  • Difficulties paying attention
  • Inability to draw pleasure from hobbies
  • Trouble keeping up with daily routines
  • Experiencing excessive fears and worries
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Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Sovereign Health

The dual diagnosis treatment centers of Sovereign Health offer intervention for multiple mental health disorders and/or substance abuse dependence or addictions. At Sovereign Health of Florida, our multidisciplinary approach helps create individualized treatment plans as per the need of the patient.

The first step of treatment usually includes pre-assessment, involving a comprehensive physical and psychological patient evaluation that helps our clinicians to not only look at primary symptoms but also recognize any underlying illnesses, if any. After the initial assessment, individuals receive an individualized treatment plan that helps address any substance addictions and mental health problems the patient might be struggling with, and provides him or her with a dual diagnosis recovery. An individualized dual diagnosis recovery plan helps patients regain control of their lives and work toward a better future. A patient’s dual diagnosis rehabilitation program may include detoxification, individual and group therapy, or experiential therapies, including yoga, meditation, art or music therapy.

Why choose Sovereign Health?

At Sovereign Health of Florida, our goal is to help our patients live a life free of addiction or afflictions brought on by dual diagnosis. What sets our dual diagnosis drug rehab in Florida apart from other dual diagnosis treatment facilities is that we specialize in treating both mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance addictions simultaneously and in a holistic manner.

A leader in dual diagnosis rehabilitation, our team of trained clinical professionals along with psychologists use the latest, effective and research-backed treatment methods to help our patients maintain their recovery and lead healthier and positive lives.

Our two dual diagnosis treatment centers in Florida — Sovereign Health of Fort Myers and Sovereign Health of Pompano Beach — provide partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient therapy (IOP), and evening IOP and outpatient treatment (OP) levels of care. In addition, our facility in Fort Myers also offers residential treatment and medical detox (DTX).

For more information about the treatments offered at our Florida dual diagnosis treatment centers or to know about our state-of-the-art dual diagnosis rehabilitation facilities near you, chat online with our representatives or call our 24/7 helpline number.

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