Do You Know About Your Dual Diagnosis Rehab Options?

When someone receives a dual diagnosis, it means that they suffer from the pair of a substance abuse or dependency disorder as well as a mental health disorder. If you have a dual diagnosis, you’re in good company. The National Alliance on Mental Illness suggests that of those who are living with a mental illness, up to one-third of them are also battling a drug or alcohol abuse problem. If you have or a loved one have been dual-diagnosed, you may be aware that treating such a problem can be more complex than treating any one singular diagnosis.

Often, when we find out that we have a dual diagnosis, we can get lost and overwhelmed with what we think it means for treatment and our futures. Fortunately, if you do find yourself with a dual diagnosis, there are many treatment options available. The type of treatment you choose can be based on a number of factors. You might choose treatment that you are personally comfortable with and comfortable committing yourself to. You might also choose treatment based on a few other factors. 

When you are battling substance abuse or dependency, it can be medically recommended and perhaps necessary to go through inpatient hospitalization for detox and withdrawal. Depending on the extent to which your body is dependent on drugs or alcohol, it is often medically not advisable to attempt to detox at home or on your own. Because withdrawal symptoms can be especially difficult to get through as it is, it is often not advisable to attempt detox while also battling a mental health disorder. The combination of withdrawal symptoms and side effects of detox combined with mood or behavioral disorders can become especially difficult and often dangerous. 

Once you have successfully been through detox and withdrawal, you’ll be prepared to enter the treatment of your choice. There are many dual-diagnosis treatment options available. There are inpatient and outpatient programs, as well as programs that focus on the 12 step approach and those that choose alternative approaches. You might be exposed to group sessions or one-on-one sessions, or other modes of rehabilitation that vary from program to program. 

If you or a loved one need more information on treatment options available to you, you can contact your insurance carrier to find out who is in your provider network. Remember, a dual-diagnosis is just the first step on your path to recovery. 

The Fix Staff. “Dual Diagnosis: Treatment Approaches and Getting Help”. The Fix. (Website). January 2015

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