Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs in Clearwater (727) 378-0741

A dual diagnosis is an addiction that co-occurs with a mental health disorder. In cases of dual diagnosis, the addiction and the mental condition are addressed as two separate, primary illnesses that require separate, but integrated treatment.

Also known as co-occurring disorders, or COD, a dual diagnosis requires specialized treatment through a comprehensive and collaborative dual diagnosis program where the addiction is treated with the mental illness in mind, and the mental illness is treated with the addiction in mind.

The medical professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Clearwater work together to ensure each diagnosis receives the attention it needs. Contact us today at (727) 378-0741 and find your freedom from addiction.

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Co-occurring disorders are more prevalent than once believed. A recent study found that 65 percent of those with a substance addiction had a mental health disorder, and 51 percent of those with a mental health disorder also had a substance addiction.

Some of the reasons for the high number of dual diagnoses include the fact that drug and alcohol abuse can increase the risk of developing a mental disorder or make an existing mental disorder worse. Additionally, those with mental disorders may be more inclined to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to reduce anxiety or numb unpleasant thoughts or memories.

Types of Mental Health Disorders Commonly Identified with Addiction

These mental health problems are often found to co-exist with a drug or alcohol addiction:

  • Clinical depression is marked by feelings of hopelessness, guilt, self-hatred, and a loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder causes intense anxiety brought on by irrational fears that interfere with daily life and make it difficult to cope with stressful and social situations.
  • Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by debilitating fear that causes very real, physical symptoms like chest pain and a racing heartbeat.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another anxiety disorder that causes the patient to engage in ritualistic behaviors that require an immense amount of energy, such as repetitive behaviors or obsessive counting.
  • Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder that causes alternating episodes of mania, which is marked by high energy and risky behaviors, and depression, or feelings of hopelessness that leave the patient despondent and lethargic.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is triggered by witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event, and the unresolved fear and anger leave the patient suffering from flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional instability.
  • Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or binge eating are psychiatric conditions marked by self-destructive behaviors surrounding food and exercise.
  • Personality disorders affect the way patients perceive themselves, which makes it difficult to relate to other people and forge healthy relationships.
  • Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that causes a skewed perception of the world and results in delusions, impaired social functioning, disorganized thinking patterns, and psychotic episodes.

Co-Occurring Disorder Treatments

Dual diagnosis programs in Clearwater, FL offer comprehensive, integrated treatments for co-occurring disorders. Treatment relies on a variety of therapies that address both the addiction and the co-existing mental disorder.

  • Psychopharmacology is the use of medications to control the symptoms of a mental health disorder.
  • Group therapy draws on the healing powers of universal experience and peer support and offers patients an opportunity to share information during all phases of recovery.
  • Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for a number of psychological therapies that help patients change their perceptions and replace false beliefs and self-destructive thought patterns and behaviors with health ways of thinking and behaving.
  • Behavioral management therapies help patients identify triggers and gain the skills necessary to help them avoid triggers and cope with stress.
  • Family therapy helps repair damaged trust and rebuild broken familial relationships.

Aftercare for a Dual Diagnosis

Ongoing care after drug rehab treatment is completed is essential for continued recovery and for preventing relapse. A personalized and comprehensive addiction aftercare program will include ongoing therapy and assessments of needs, resources for ongoing and changing needs, continued monitoring and evaluation of medications used to manage mental disorders and a commitment to a self-help program. This may include a 12-step program that offers peer and sponsor support.

If you or a loved one is ready to make the life-changing commitment to sobriety, do not hesitate to contact Drug Treatment Centers Clearwater today. Hope is waiting on the other line (727) 378-0741.

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