Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis
What is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis refers to when someone suffers from two or more conditions at the same time. Co-existing mental illnesses are very common, particularly for people abusing drugs and alcohol. There are different reasons why a person becomes addicted to substances. Some people start using it in response to a difficult or traumatic experience they have difficulty processing. This is called self-medicating. Other people develop the symptoms of mental illnesses like depression or anxiety as a result of abusing substances for a prolonged period of time.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

It is very important for each person entering rehab to be fully evaluated and assessed. This is to get a detailed picture of their physical, mental, and emotional health so that a personalized program can be devised for their individual needs. During this assessment, which is generally the first step of admission, physicians, clinicians and therapists will determine through discussion and examination if the person is dual diagnosis.

In order for addiction rehabilitation to be successful, it is important to determine what drives substance abuse in an individual. In some cases, it can be PTSD, depression, or panic disorder that is driving a person to use drugs and/or alcohol. In other cases, a person may never have suffered any mental health issues but was driven to substance abuse by other factors such as genetics, familial circumstances or high-stress levels.

Individual and group therapy is a vital component of dual diagnosis treatment because they serve to open lines of honest communication in a secure environment. Much of the challenge of overcoming dual diagnosis lies in understanding how your co-existing mental illnesses interplay with each other. In rehab, the focus of therapy is on unraveling the complex relationship between two health conditions to allow you to seize back control.

How is Dual-Diagnosis Treated?

A common example of dual-diagnosis is someone who suffers from both addiction and depression or anxiety as there is a very strong correlation between the two. However, from a treatment perspective, it is not enough to identify two conditions; rather it needs to be identified which one came first. In terms of substance abuse, there are two routes to becoming a dual-diagnosis patient:

  • You started to use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental health condition such as depression; or
  • You developed anxiety or depression as a direct result of substance abuse as it very often triggers other conditions

The way CASA Recovery identifies the specific issues a dual-diagnosis person faces is by comprehensive evaluation and assessment. The most effective treatment path is recognized as addressing both health conditions separately but at the same time. This is due to the relationship between the two conditions and the fact that they are very likely to continue to drive one another without intervention.

CASA Recovery: A Top Mental Health Treatment Center in Orange County, CA

If you use alcohol or drugs to help ease your depression or anxiety or feel increasingly depressed after using, you have the symptoms of dual diagnosis.

CASA Recovery offers customized mental health programs that address both health conditions in dual-diagnosis cases. Our top mental health treatment center in Orange County offers a tranquil environment where you can focus on getting better. We offer treatment programs that are fully tailored to your specific needs. Find out more about treating dual-diagnosis by contacting CASA Recovery in confidence today.