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.
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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