What is Dual Diagnosis?
A dual diagnosis patient is one who is facing two or more psychiatric or substance disorders at the same time. A person suffering from panic disorder may also abuse opioids. A crystal meth addict may also be afflicted by bi-polar disorder. When faced with co-occurring illnesses a patient is in need of dual diagnosis rehabilitation.
The foundation of dual diagnosis rehab is a proper understanding of which illnesses are present and how one effects the other. In some cases substance abuse problem may be masking the presence of an underlying psychiatric illness. For example, alcohol is a depressant. An alcoholic may also be suffering from clinical depression but it is not readily apparent because they present many of the same symptoms.
To only attend to the substance addiction without attending to the co-occurring mental health issue can make it more likely that the addict relapses and begins using again. Both conditions need to be treated in order for the patient to achieve long-lasing recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment is a comprehensive approach to helping the patient achieve long-lasting recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
At Sovereign Health of Texas dual diagnosis rehabilitation begins with an interview with an admissions counselor. Patients are questioned about their backgrounds, family histories, symptoms they’re experiencing and other areas relevant to their treatment. The information gathered is relayed to a treatment team. After a comprehensive medical, psychiatric and psychological evaluation they team can design an appropriate treatment plan. We recognize that every patient is unique and provide personalized treatment plans tailored to his or her specific needs. A patient’s treatment plan might include:
- Detox Treatment: Detox, also known as detoxification, is the process by which toxins that have built up over the course of addiction are eliminated from the body. Detox can produce a variety of uncomfortable and potentially harmful side effects so it must be done under careful medical supervision.
- Medication: Medication may be administered to addicts to ease them through the physical and psychological transition away from drugs and/or alcohol. Medication also plays a useful role in treating both the physical and mental symptoms that accompany many psychiatric conditions.
- Therapy: Therapy is an integral part of treatment for dual diagnosis. In addition to individual therapy, patients may participate in group and family therapy sessions. We also offer other evidence-based therapies that include stress and anger management groups, narrative treatment and mindfulness training.
We offer treatment for dual diagnosis at various levels of care. A patient’s level of care depends on their treatment program. In addition to residential treatment we offer partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Patients will often move through the various levels as their treatment progresses.
At Sovereign Health of Texas we are proud to be one of the top dual diagnosis treatment centers in the country. Because of our expertise in treating both substance abuse and mental health disorders we are able to provide dual diagnosis patients with the highest level of care available. Sovereign Health of Texas follows The Sovereign Way, a philosophy that recognizes all patients as unique individuals requiring personalized treatment plans tailored to his or her specific needs. Our goal is to help our patients reclaim their lives and enjoy thriving futures. For more information please contact our 24/7 helpline.