Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term that for when a person experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder at the same time. Dual diagnosis disorders are actually extremely common among people that struggle with addiction and alcoholism and in many cases undiagnosed or untreated mental disorders will lead people to self medicate with drugs or alcohol as a way to “improve” the mental health symptoms they experience. However, it is actually proven that alcohol and other drugs worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.

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Some common mental health disorders linked to addiction and alcoholism include the following:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Without the proper support and medication, the symptoms of these mental illnesses, and so many more, can easily become too much to handle. Rather than seek professional help, a person will turn to substance abuse to help alleviate the symptoms. The fact is, these symptoms will never be lessened until you are sober and seek proper medical help.

If you are unsure yourself whether or not you struggle with mental illness as well as substance abuse and are unsure if dual diagnosis treatment is the best option for you, there are many different ways to find out this information. The best way is to visit with an addiction specialist and a psychiatrist. They will conduct an in depth evaluation and if they find that a diagnosable
mental illness was prevalent before your addiction, dual diagnosis treatment is likely your best option. If a patients mental illness symptoms are not also treated, it is very likely to see a person to be lead right back into drug and alcohol use. If you experience any of the following traits, it is likely you need dual diagnosis treatment:

  • You use drugs and alcohol to escape psychological problems
  • You have a history of mental illness
  • Mental illness runs in the family
  • Attempting to quit drugs and alcohol makes you suicidal or violent
  • Drugs and alcohol make you feel “like yourself”

In order to achieve long term success in your sobriety, it is crucial that both mental illness and addiction are treated. At one of our Evoke facilities, a team of experienced treatment specialists and doctors will come up with a personalized treatment plan to fit your specific needs. They will help you find the right balance of medications and treatment that best fits you and what you need.

We want to make sure our get best care for their mental health and substance abuse issues and in the best surroundings possible. We help our clients through their problems in a loving and caring way. We want to make sure you have all of the tools you need to have a long and happy life in sobriety and we want to help you achieve that. Now is the time to make a life altering change and you do not have to do this alone, so let us help you do it.

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