Do You Need Dual-Diagnosis Treatment?

In your research on treatment options, you probably came across dual diagnosis treatment options. With all the different types of treatment available, it’s tough to know what kind of treatment might be best. Honestly, you can’t really know until you’ve had an evaluation what kind of treatment might be best for you. While you’ll be examined and evaluated at the start of any treatment program, it might be worth it to get an evaluation from your regular doctor if you have one.

Your doctor may even refer you to someone else who might be even more helpful or familiar with substance abuse disorders who can help you figure out if you need dual diagnosis treatment or not.

Here’s what you should know about dual diagnosis treatment before you make your decision:

Dual diagnoses are common, studies show that up to half of individuals going through treatment for drug or alcohol use disorders have some other issue with their mental health that should be address.

There are many other mental health issues that can be paired with substance use disorders like depression, anxiety and even process addictions or compulsive disorders like gambling or shopping addictions.

Dual diagnosis’ patients require more complex treatment. In part, it’s tough to know which symptoms are coming from which issue. Finding the root cause of each issue is up to the medical staff and treatment isn’t an exact science. With that sort of mixture, it can be hard to come up with everyone’s unique plan that will work for them and their symptoms.

As a dual diagnosis patient, understand that it will make you a higher risk patient. Because dealing with mental illness is hard already, adding in the stress of overcoming an addiction on top of it puts you at a higher risk.

Once you’ve been evaluated by a medical professional, you’ll have a better idea of where you stand and what type of treatment may work best for you, so don’t hesitate! Get the help you need now!

N.D. “10 Things You Should Know About Treatment”. Dual Diagnosis. (website). 2018
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