What is Dual Diagnosis

You might hear the phrase, “dual diagnosis in Colorado,” a lot.

It is a common problem in this state and many others.

But what exactly does dual diagnosis mean?

Dual diagnosis is the term that describes a mental health disorder and addiction that exist simultaneously.

The side effects of these two conditions may be similar, which tends to make it confusing.

You may be aware of your addiction or mental health disorder.

You may not be aware of the other.

Often, it is hard to say which one comes first, as they can each worsen the other condition.

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Some people turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms of their mental health condition. Others develop a mental health condition after abusing drugs or alcohol, as these substances are capable of altering your brain chemistry.

Whether your mental health disorder or addiction came first, treatment for your dual diagnosis in Colorado can help. Two of the most common mental health disorders involved in dual diagnoses are depression and anxiety disorders. These are particularly common in alcoholism, but they also co-exist in drug addictions frequently.

Other common combinations include addiction (either drugs or alcohol) and:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

These are not the only combinations, just several of the most common ones. There are hundreds of possible dual diagnoses, and we can help with many of them.

Colorado is an excellent place to build a healthy and sober life, no matter where you start. With beautiful nature scenes, walking and hiking trails, and wide-open spaces, this is the right place to find help, peace, and clarity.

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Why Addressing Your Mental Health is Important

Treating your dual diagnosis in Colorado will involve thoroughly addressing your mental health.

Traditional rehab programs focus primarily on your addiction.

The best dual diagnosis treatment centers know how to differentiate between the two problems and address them each in the right way. They tackle each disorder, complication, symptom, and side effect so that there are no lingering problems after you complete your program. That is what we offer at Pathfinders.

Our team of mental and addiction health experts knows how important each component of dual diagnosis care is.

We have dedicated professionals that offer detailed, personalized care instead of blanket solutions.

If we treat only your addiction, your mental health disorder may remain and lead you to relapse.

We want to provide you with high-quality and comprehensive care to give you the greatest chances of finding long term success.

How Many People Have a Dual Diagnosis

It is difficult to say with certainty how many people have a dual diagnosis in Colorado. Many of them go undiagnosed or untreated.

Across the country, 9.2 million adults had a dual diagnosis in 2018.

If you are concerned that you might be one of them, call our facility. We will complete a mental health assessment that will help us get to the bottom of what is troubling you.

We will provide you with clarity and guide you through the options for your next steps. We will tell you how to address these issues so you can move swiftly and confidently into a cleaner and healthier future.

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Determine if you have a dual diagnosis by calling us and scheduling a visit with our mental health professionals.

If you are looking to spot the warning signs that will get you to our first visit, there are several that you can look for. Since there are so many possible combinations of drug addictions and mental health disorders out there, your symptoms may vary. There are a wide variety of possibilities. Your addiction and mental health are unique.

Some of the most common warning signs are that you:

  • Feel withdrawn from the people you care about
  • Have abrupt or uncontrollable mood swings
  • Feel like you have lost control in your addiction
  • Only feel normal when you are under the influence of your chosen substance
  • Have tried to quit in the past but withdrawals or cravings caused you to relapse
  • Feel confused or unable to concentrate

If you have a dual diagnosis, you are not alone.

Our dual diagnosis rehab in Colorado can help.

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Treatment for your dual diagnosis in Colorado can help you address many different concerns.

You do not have to worry about facing your dual diagnosis alone.

And you will not be able to ignore these conditions forever. Over time, untreated mental health disorders and addictions only get worse. They lead to many different mental and physical health impairments, disabilities, and may even prove fatal.

Dual diagnosis rehab gives you the chance to turn the tables on your addiction. Dual diagnosis rehab is the most effective way to welcome health and sobriety into your life.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Colorado dual diagnosis treatment programs generally fall into the inpatient category.

In some ways, this takes a lot of the guesswork out of your recovery. Rather than working your way through various rehab setting options, you already know which one is likely to benefit you the most.

Dual diagnoses are complicated, and recovering from them takes work in a variety of ways.

Inpatient care gives you the highest level of support possible, which makes this work easier. We will walk you through your options, help you build an effective plan, and get you started on your journey to recovery.

Your plan will likely include a variety of therapies, support groups, family meetings, and more. The program includes educational training such as addiction management, financial and career planning, relapse prevention, sober living, and sober social network building. You will have 24/7 access to medical, emotional, and physical support.

You will leave with the strength and confidence you need to manage your dual diagnosis at home.

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Depending on your dual diagnosis and other needs, we will help you work out the right length for your inpatient stay. We will also monitor your progress as you go to see if anything can or should be adjusted.

Rehab stays last an average of 28 days, but this number may not account for the complications involved in a dual diagnosis. Treating and overcoming a dual diagnosis may require a greater time commitment. And history tells us that better outcomes tend to come from longer treatment periods.

We offer several program options to accommodate this. Most will start with a medically-assisted detox.

From there, we offer programs in increments of:

  • 30 days
  • 90 days
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

Many options land somewhere in between. We will work with you to get you the right kind of care and for the right amount of time.

If, after your detox, it is safe for you to return home, you can continue your journey there. Outpatient care will be available to lend you continued support in a more relaxed setting.

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Pathfinders’ Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Pathfinders offer comprehensive care for your dual diagnosis right here in Lakewood, Colorado.

You do not have to go far to get the help and care you deserve.

All that you need to do is call and get started.

We will walk with you from the first call through continued care at home.

When you choose Pathfinders, you never have to walk alone.


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