Addiction can come with underlying mental health issues that must be treated as well for successful recovery. Known as dual diagnosis, if a person has a mental health issue, sometimes this is covered up and then compounded with an addiction. Dual diagnosis treatment is a twofold process, and both sides of this health issue must be treated. Dual diagnosis recovery can be prolonged because one first must deal with their addiction, and then deal with other underlying health and behavioral issues.
Dual diagnosis treatment should vary based on the medical history, type of addiction, and type of mental disorder that a patient is suffering from. Dual diagnosis treatment should also be completed in a reputable rehab center with medical staff and therapy staff on hand at all times.
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Many times an individual with a mental health issue such as depression or OCD will try to manage this on their own. Often this will be with another behavior or substance that can calm their mental problem, but then can slowly bring on a compulsion or addiction. Once this sets in, the only option for treatment is dual diagnosis since these two illnesses are now interlinked and both must be treated.
Different types of mental health disorders can take on different forms of addiction. If an individual feels they have lost control of some area of their life, they may try to regain control over their bodies with eating. This can lead to anorexia or bulimia.
If an individual has long term depression that isn’t diagnosed or clinically treated, they might turn to alcohol to mask the pain or delay dealing with the root causes for depression. This can be hard to treat because once the addiction is treated, there might be deep seated issues that cause depression that an addict has not dealt with.
Anxiety and addiction can go hand-in-hand and often can lead an addict down the path of prescription drug abuse. Sedatives to calm one’s nerves and help with focus may seem great at first, but as tolerance levels go up abuse can set in.
Mental health issues and addiction oftentimes go hand-in-hand. If a person is suffering from a mental issue such as depression, they may try to self medicate with alcohol. This doesn’t get to the root of the problem, and oftentimes and exacerbate this.
Dual diagnosis is prevalent because people don’t realize they have a problem, and many times the medication that they become addicted to overtime starts out as a medically prescribed cure. A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) study shows that over 17.5 million adults in the US suffer from mental illness or have in the last year. Of those, over four million have also become addicted with drugs or alcohol.
Many times individuals don’t know where to turn with mental health issues and try to resolve issues on their own. Psychopharmacology is a combination of therapy and drug interactions to help with recovery. Certain types of mental health issues do require medications that will be far better at treating an illness than drugs, alcohol or a behavior. Prescribed drugs that can give an individual their life back and ability to function can be the key to recovery.
Drug treatment centers are far more effective if they can offer dual diagnosis intervention and treatment. Addiction rarely forms on its own, and other issues that are present need to be treated through alternate medications, counseling, and therapy. Working through pain, memories and anxiety issues will help a patient move forward and be able to deal with their health issues in a positive way and not turn to substance or behavioral abuse.
While recovery programs are important in dual diagnosis, addicts with mental health issues will need to have prolonged aftercare management through relapse prevention treatment in order to have a successful recovery. Long term therapy or counseling for underlying mental health issues will be a must.
By only helping an individual get through their addiction problems, only half of treatment has occurred. If there are other underlying depression or anxiety issues, a recovering addict needs to be equipped with the tools to cope and deal with these health issues in a sober environment.
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