When a person enters drug rehab, the diagnosis can be complex. Many patients suffer from mood disorders, which result in a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health issues. If a patient is given a dual diagnosis, the treatment plan has to treat both diseases, the addiction and the mental health disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 50 percent of people with a mental disorder also have a substance abuse problem, thus requiring a dual diagnosis. All in all, they estimate that 8.9 million adults could be given a dual diagnosis, but, in actuality, only 7.4% get treatment for both diseases.
The reason why dual diagnosis statistics point to co-existing disorders is because often the abuse of drugs can also lead to psychiatric symptoms, which upon addiction treatment, can disappear. The problem is trying to figure out who is actually suffering from a mental health disorder and addiction, in comparison to those that just became ill after abusing drugs. Dual diagnosis programs can be helpful in identifying who actually has a mental disorder that needs separate, long-term, treatment and those that will benefit from a standard addiction rehab program alone.
Treatment for dual diagnosis is far more complex than normal. It can involve management of permanent chemical imbalances in the brain. It can also require the management of negative behavior patterns unrelated to the addiction. For these types of issues, dual diagnosis centers rely on:
• Psychopharmacology – Prescriptions for bipolar or anxiety disorders can help with these issues, aside from the drug addiction. However, the doctor has to be careful to prescribe medications that won’t interact with the drug that is being abused, since both mental and drug addictions are usually undertaken simultaneously.
• Psychotherapy – Getting to the root of the mental issue can require some time in therapy. It’s not just a matter of a chemical imbalance. Often, issues like past traumatic events or social dynamics can affect a patient on a psychological level. To identify and treat these issues requires the attention of a psychotherapist so who they can diagnose the cause of the mental disorder.
• Behavioral Management – Once there is some understanding of the mental disorder and its causes, there is often a need to manage behaviors that are negatively impacting a person’s life or their social relationships. The behaviors have to be addressed and the stress triggers identified. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be one way for a patient to learn how to identify stresses that will lead to negative behaviors, and also gives them a tool kit of alternative behaviors to choose in order to avoid falling into depression or drug addiction.
Dual diagnosis rehab centers specialize in treating both disorders. Inpatient recovery program treatments work best for patients with both a mental disorder and a substance abuse problem. Rehabs can provide patients with aftercare services, which would include more psychiatric or pharmacological management of mental symptoms.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance dependence and a mental health disorder, now is the time to seek help. Drug Treatment Centers East Brunswick can provide you with the quality help you need with finding drug treatment centers. Call us today at (732) 455-1314 to find out more about your treatment options and what we can do to help you find the perfect place.