In many cases, an individual who is diagnosed with a substance abuse problem may also struggle with a mental illness. In fact, it’s about 50% of those who have an addiction problem also have a mental disorder. This is referred to as dual diagnosis – struggling with a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. For a successful recovery, individuals must receive treatment for both conditions simultaneously. We treat the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bi-polar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- And other mental illnesses that coincide with substance abuse
The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Addiction
Individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, or personality disorders have a lot higher chances of developing a substance abuse problem. In many cases, these individuals feel like they need an “escape” and they’ll use drugs or alcohol to feel this way. Self-medicating can be a common cause of addiction and we’ll identify this up front.
Another connection between mental illness and addiction is that long-term substance abuse can often lead to mental illness symptoms. For instance, someone who’s been a long-term alcohol abuser can often become depressed since alcohol is a depressant.
Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Model
Our primary focus during dual diagnosis treatment is to figure out what the underlying causes are for the addiction as well as the mental illness. With a full psychological evaluation, we’ll be able to determine the causes. Since mental illness can be a primary culprit for substance abuse, we’ll assess each patient to see if the mental disorder was present before addiction. If so, our team of clinicians will develop a customized treatment plan that encompasses treating the addiction itself, along with the mental health disorder.
We use various holistic techniques to help each patient regain their life back including: nutritional guidance, meditation, acupuncture, and more.