Dual Diagnosis Treatment

As a premier treatment facility, Changing Tides Addiction Treatment works with those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. A SAMHSA study found that about five million people in the United States live with co-occurring disorders, and less than fifty percent of them receive help. Those living with co-occurring disorders have much higher risk of suicide, homelessness, and chronic addiction.

A person has a co-occurring disorder when they present with both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. For example, an individual may be addicted to alcohol and have bipolar disorder. The presence of these two conditions together is known as a co-occurring disorder, and requires a particular method of treatment and care. Many people who experience mental health issues find themselves using drugs to cope, and many people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol develop mental health disorders during their using.

  • Avg in Population
  • Schizophrenia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Bi-Polar 1 Disorder
  • Bi-Polar 2 Disorder
Percentage of People Addicted to Drugs

Information & Facts

Mental Health Disorders

A person may experience co-occurring disorders with a number of different mental health disorders. The most common mental health disorders that those addicted to drugs or alcohol experience are:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders

Many people also experience cross-addictions with non-substance-related disorders such as gambling addiction, eating disorders, or Internet addiction. These co-occurring disorders need attention in the same way that mental health diagnoses do.

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Treatment for co-occurring disorders involves treating the whole individual and everything they are facing. If you receive treatment only for the addiction with which you are dealing, there is a high risk of relapse as the untreated mental health disorder can drive you back toward drugs and alcohol. If you receive treatment only for the mental health disorder, the untreated addiction is likely to make the mental health condition worsen over time.

Here at Changing Tides, we work with individuals struggling with mental health disorders in addition to facing addiction. Whether you’re dealing with depression, bipolar, or anxiety, we have a team of professionals here to work with you. Our team has years of experience working with individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders and offers deep understanding and expertise to each person who comes through our doors.

Our team consists of licensed psychiatrists, doctors, and therapists who work one-on-one with each individual to find a path to recovery that works for them. From cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to more holistic treatment options, the program at Changing Tides has been developed to help you grow and reach your goals.

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When only one diagnosed disorder is treated, the treatment is less likely to be as effective as it would be in a person who does not have a dual diagnosis. Comprehensive treatment that addresses both issues is important to have the highest impact on the individual working toward recovery.

A dual diagnosis is likely to be a complex case, requiring a more intensive treatment program than a mental health disorder on its own. The benefits of dual diagnosis treatment are that the person can:

  • Receive necessary treatment to stop using drugs or alcohol
  • Receive therapy to help them cope with their mental health disorder
  • Work with a therapist to understand how their co-occurring disorders are connected
  • Address the roots of addiction and causes of their mental health disorder
  • Learn coping mechanisms for mental health conditions
  • Identify and avoid triggers associated with relapse
  • Build a solid relapse prevention plan

If you or somebody you know is struggling with a co-occurring disorder, reach out for help today. We are standing by and ready to help you make the change!

Dual Diagnosis Infographic

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