Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis is a condition that occurs when an addiction and a mental health disorder co-exist.

Studies show that around half of individuals with a mental illness also struggle with substance abuse.

This combination can alter your feelings, behaviors, perceptions, and the ways you interact with the rest of the world.

Each condition on its own can be troubling and difficult to overcome, but the combination of the two in a dual diagnosis makes it even more challenging.

The key to effective dual diagnosis treatment is addressing all present issues so that none are left at the end to worse the other and start the cycle over again.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

Dual diagnosis treatment centers, like ours at Pathfinders Recovery Center, are designed to treat both addictions and underlying mental health conditions.

We’ll help you understand what’s happening, why it may be happening, and what you can do to achieve a healthy and long-term sobriety.

Drinking, doing drugs, and participating in other addictive behaviors (compulsive eating, gambling, etc.) are often used as unhealthy coping mechanisms to drown out or cover up the emotionally painful side effects of common mental illnesses.

With dual diagnosis treatment, you’ll learn how to cope with your mental illness, deny cravings for unhealthy substances, find healthy alternatives, and so much more.

You’ll gain important knowledge, life skills, healthy coping mechanisms, and habits that you can rely on instead.

In an inpatient dual diagnosis setting, you’ll also have access to 24-hour care and support to guide you through the most difficult steps in your recovery.

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Dual Diagnosis Assessment

The dual diagnosis assessment will be very thorough, and it’s important that you answer each question honestly.

We will not blame or shame you. Your answers are confidential. We require this information simply because we want to know how best to take care of you.

Our care plans are customized to the unique needs, addictions, and health of each patient that walks through our doors. We can only do this if we have the information we need.

Peak mental and physical health is nearly impossible to achieve during a battle with addiction, so treating both conditions is vital.

Identifying the root causes, triggers, and coping mechanisms involved in your dual diagnosis helps us get a better understanding of what needs to be done, what withdrawal symptoms you might experience, and how long-term recovery can be achieved.

Your dual diagnosis assessment will include a range of questions about your mental and physical health, addictions, past traumas, current environment, and family history.

Most patients don’t realize that they may be genetically predisposed to an addiction, but this is one of the largest and most common factors.

In fact, research shows that it can account for up to 65% of the addiction risk. Additionally, environmental and social factors are large factors, as well.

Animal studies have suggested that an animal’s drug use can be affected by its cage mate’s, either enhancing risk or protection. Regardless of why your dual diagnosis is occurring, we can help you overcome it.

Dual Diagnosis - A low light photo of a woman with her head down on a bar. on the left is a glass of alcohol on the right is a bottle. Her depression led her to drink. Now she has a dual diagnosis of depression and alcoholism.

Dual Diagnosis Examples

There are many possible dual diagnosis combinations, but some are more common than others.

Among these common dual diagnosis combinations, alcohol and depression are high on the list. Alcohol is known to lower the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the body, which are partially responsible for regulating your moods.

When these chemicals appear in low levels, it can make someone who already struggles with depression more depressed. The ways these two conditions feed off of one another creates a vicious and hard-to-break cycle.

Other common dual diagnosis combinations include:

  • Cocaine addiction and depression
  • Alcohol addiction and panic disorders
  • Poly-drug (two or more) addiction and alcoholism
  • Poly-drug addiction and schizophrenia
  • Poly-drug addiction and borderline personality disorder

This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. A dual diagnosis can come in many different forms and either the addiction or the mental health disorder can come first.

We will evaluate your condition, family history, and physical and mental health to gain more insight into what came first for you, what your triggers are, and what we can do to help.

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Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Rehab

After your evaluations are complete, the first step in nearly any dual diagnosis inpatient rehab program is a medically-assisted detox.

This allows us to monitor and ease your withdrawal symptoms, while we pay attention to potential complications. We eliminate distractions and opportunities to relapse. Our detox will provide a safe and comfortable environment where recovery can begin.

From there, you will begin a customized treatment plan that will include a wide variety of proven treatment methods. Among others, these methods may include:

  • Therapy sessions
  • Counseling sessions
  • Classes and seminars
  • Life skill and stress management classes (among others)
  • Nutritional guidance and three healthy meals each day
  • Exercise groups, support groups, and other meetings
  • Downtime and supervised outings

Dual diagnosis centers are uniquely qualified to target both optimal mental health and addiction disorders so that effective, lasting results can be achieved.

Because many of the symptoms of drug abuse and common mental illnesses are the same or very similar, it is imperative that we effectively treat both.

Otherwise, it is difficult to know which one is causing your symptoms and complications, and the vicious cycle can continue.

Dual Diagnosis - A woman sits up in bed after a night of heavy drinking to help with her anxiety. She needs to seek help at a dual diagnosis rehab for anxiety and alcohol.

Best Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Treatment Centers Near Me

A high level of expertise, years of experience, dedication, and proven treatment methods are all necessary for a truly effective dual diagnosis treatment setting.

At Pathfinders Recovery Center, we are confident that we have struck this delicate balance for our patients. Identifying, treating, and overcoming a dual diagnosis can be done.

We offer a treatment program that teaches integrity, life skills, honesty, hard work, leadership, and responsibility. These are the things that we want you to return home with so that you can find lasting health and sobriety.

Additionally, we want to reach as many patients as we can, so we offer treatment facilities across Scottsdale, Arizona, and in Lakewood, Colorado, too.

Both locations include incredible amenities, dedicated teams of professionals with decades of experience, high-quality care, and scenic locations to visit in surrounding areas.

Our updated and comfortable facilities have seen many patients through their recoveries, from start to finish, and we look forward to seeing you here, too.

The Cost of Dual Diagnosis Rehab

While many patients worry about paying for their dual diagnosis care, we’re here to remind you that most alcohol and drug rehab programs are covered under health insurance plans.

As such, we happily accept payments from most major providers.

Call our friendly addiction counselors today to verify your insurance, request more information, or discuss alternative payment options.

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The Pathfinders Difference

Each member of the Pathfinders team is dedicated to providing patient-focused care.

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all treatment plans because no two patients or two addictions are the same.

You are unique and worthy of specialized, proven, and customized care.

Whatever your dual diagnosis combination may be, we are here to help you address and overcome it.

From the initial detox all the way through outpatient support groups, we’ll be with you.

We understand what you are going through, and we look forward to guiding you into your new, healthy life.