Why Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Rehab Can Help Both Diagnosis'

Because many times mental health and substance abuse addictions go hand in hand, it is imperative to treat both at the same time. Diagnosing and treating a dual diagnosis like this is best handled at an inpatient facility. These facilities are equipped to deal with both, the medical and psychological issues.

An inpatient rehab is recommended for those with dual diagnosis due to the intense treatment they can receive. Unlike those being treated at an outpatient facility, the patients at an inpatient facility receive treatment every day. They can also attend support groups on a daily basis as well as be totally immersed with others going through the same situations. These patients are provided with a structured daily program that allow no distractions or stressors from the outside world.

Dual diagnosis is not uncommon. Studies show that 53% of drug abusers and 37% of alcohol abusers present with at least one mental health illness. And of all individuals with mental illness, 29% abuse drugs or alcohol. The medical staff at inpatient rehab facilities are highly trained and experienced doctors and psychiatrists, who have worked with patients exhibiting dual issues.

When entering a dual diagnosis rehab, the patient will undergo detoxification. The patient is carefully monitored and administered to by the medical staff. When the detoxification process is over, the recovery process begins. Therapy sessions for the substance addiction will start right away. The treatment for the mental illness will depend on the diagnosis. Most need therapy as well as medication.


N.A. “Dual Diagnosis.” Recoveryranch.com (Website). (2015).
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