Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation in Greenwich, CT (203) 242-8261
Great strides have been made in recent years concerning treating underlying mental health disorders that are often present with substance abuse and addiction problems. When an addiction and a mental health disorder co-exist, it’s known as a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder (COD.)
A dual diagnosis means that there are two (or more) primary disorders, each of which needs its own specific treatment. However, those who receive a dual diagnosis should be treated through a program that specializes in treating co-existing disorders so that rather than treating each disorder separately, the treatments are an integrated collaboration among the individual and each member of the mental health team.
While dual diagnosis and the integrated treatment methods for co-existing illnesses are fairly new concepts, strides are being made that have the potential to vastly improve outcomes for those who suffer from mental illness and addiction. A recent study found that around 51 percent of people with mental illness also suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, and over 65 percent of those who have an addiction also have one or more mental disorders.
If you are ready to get treatment for co-occurring conditions, call Drug Treatment Centers Greenwich at (203) 242-8261.
Common Mental Illnesses Co-Existing With Addiction
These are a few of the more common diagnoses that may co-exist with an addiction.
- Bipolar disorder causes periods of severe mania followed by periods of severe depression.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder involves flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional instability related to surviving a highly traumatic experience.
- Personality disorders result in a skewed perception of self, making social situations uncomfortable and stressful due to the inability to relate to others.
- Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness characterized by psychotic episodes, delusional thoughts and behaviors, and disorganized thoughts that make social functioning extremely difficult.
- Clinical depression causes feelings of sadness and hopelessness, saps energy, and suppresses feelings of motivation and pleasure.
- Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive and often-irrational fears, which interfere with daily activities and make social interactions difficult and exhausting.
- A panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes extremely intense episodes of sheer panic, during which physical symptoms like a racing heart and shortness of breath increase the intensity of the episode.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder is another anxiety disorder marked by ritualistic and repetitive behaviors that require an enormous amount of energy to help keep obsessive and intrusive thoughts at bay.
Treatments for Co-Occurring Disorders
- Pharmacotherapy involves using medications to treat mental illnesses.
- Group therapy provides valuable peer support, drawing on the benefits of members’ differing stages in the recovery process, the ability to share information, and the emotional benefits of sharing a universal experience.
- Family therapy helps promote healing and trust where family relationships have been broken or destroyed by the addiction.
- Individual cognitive-behavioral therapy helps patients make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and the way they perceive the world around them. It teaches individuals to examine emotions, thoughts, and feelings and question their validity before acting on them.
- Didactic therapy is a practical course in addiction, providing accurate information presented in a scientific manner to help patients develop and maintain rational ideas and beliefs about their illness and alter beliefs and ideas that are dysfunctional.
Aftercare Services for Co-Existing Disorder Treatment
The aftercare (relapse prevention) program following treatment is absolutely essential for helping to prevent relapse. Aftercare programs for dual diagnosis treatment include ongoing therapy and counseling, psychiatric appointments to evaluate conditions and medications, support systems like 12-step programs and other self-help groups, and regular meetings with a case manager to evaluate changing needs and provide resources for other aspects of recovery, including job training and housing assistance.
Call Drug Treatment Centers Greenwich at (203) 242-8261 to find out more about our substance abuse rehab programs and how we can help you get on the road to a new, healthy and drug free life.