Are There Any Benefits to Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Treatment?

The easy answer to this question is ‘absolutely’. Inpatient treatment in any form is very beneficial, but when treating a combination of two diagnoses at the same time (one of which is some type of addiction, and the other is some type of mental illness), the more control the medical professionals have over the environment the patient exists in, the better off their treatment has the potential to be.

A big part of inpatient treatment for a dual diagnosis is separating what the reality is for the patient and what is secondary to the diagnosis. This means that if the patient is able to go and change his or her reality at any given time, the treatment plan is going to struggle to be effective. However, if the patient is in a situation where most of the variables are under the control of his or her doctor, there is less wiggle room in the direction each patient takes towards sobriety and normalcy.

The treatment for both the addiction and the mental issues needs to be able to overlap in a way that will help the patient, without overwhelming them on their journey. There needs to be time taken out to teach the patient how to cope with new emotions, problems, or struggles that he or she encounters. In the environment of an inpatient facility, these problems can be designed to come as each patient progresses, and only add in new issues as the patient successfully handles one problem at a time. This can help them learn how to better function in society without returning to their self-medicating habits.


N.A. “Treating Dual Diagnosis Patients.” (Website). (2015).
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