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For many addicts, it’s not just the addiction that they’re battling; they’re also fighting against a mental health disorder. When you have a mental health disorder, you’re more at risk for addiction then the general population and when you are addicted, you’ve got your own specific and unique needs that must be met.
Co-Occurring Disorders Create Special Needs
It’s estimated that 7.9 million Americans have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues, also sometimes referred to as dual diagnosis.
When someone is suffering from both addiction and mental health issues, the two exasperate each other. The drug use tends to make the mental health symptoms worse, and when the mental health symptoms get worse, the drug or alcohol abuse tends to increase. This creates a downward spiral that can often only be stopped with interventions.
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For many with people with mental health issues, drugs and alcohol are used for self-medication. These substances help the quiet the mental health symptoms and make them easier to deal with. The use continues until the person’s addicted, and then there’s a whole new mess of symptoms and issues to deal with.
Drug and alcohol use can mask certain mental health symptoms, leaving patients to go undiagnosed, sometimes for years.
Dual Treatment for Better Outcomes
It’s estimated that as many as six out of 10 people who are suffering from addiction also have a mental health disorder, yet not nearly that many are receiving treatment.
To get the best treatment possible when you have co-occurring disorders, you need to treat both the addiction and the mental health at the same time. An integrated treatment approach allows you to deal with both problems and get them stabilized together.
For too many people, their behavior tends to lead to having either the mental health or the addiction treated, but not both. The other never receives services, and these individuals are less likely to reach full recovery.
When addressed separately, one condition or the other tends to flare out of control, making it more difficult to stay balance and not slid back into relapse or mental health regression.
Finding the Best Addiction Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
When you want to get the best addiction treatment possible, you must choose the right facility. Here are some questions to ask to ensure the facility is prepared to handle dual diagnosis patients.
- Is the facility equipped to handle patients with co-occurring disorders?
- Is there professional psychiatric staff available?
- How experienced is the staff?
- What kinds of degrees and experience do they have?
Do You Have Co-Occurring Disorders?
If you’re suffering from both a mental health disorder and addiction and you’re ready to get the right treatment, call 800-654-0987 for help. There’s never been a better time to get sober than today.