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Dual Diagnosis

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Effective Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Women

Dual diagnosis is a very specialized form of substance abuse treatment that includes addressing psychological issues that may be the cause or result of an addiction. Studies show that addiction is often not the only disorder that addicted individuals face; rather, a combination of underlying emotional and psychological issues may be the foundation of the substance abuse or may contribute to the addict’s use of the toxic substance.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 7 million adults struggled with both substance abuse and mental health disorders in 2014.

Dual diagnosis treatment for women is available at Destination Hope’s women’s rehab. Our treatment team is experienced in mental health and drug and alcohol addiction and can help you address underlying issues that may be fueling your reliance on substances. In order to be successful in recovery, co-occurring conditions must be treated from the start.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

Substance abuse is sometimes sparked by treatment for a mental disorder. Some may use prescriptions to fuel their addiction while others may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to control their symptoms. The goal of a dual diagnosis treatment program is to help each individual overcome their addiction and develop a clear plan for their future to manage their mental health and thrive in a sober life.

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What is Different in a
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

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Treatment for a co-occurring disorder requires a variety of methods. Along with treating chemical dependency, women will also receive treatment for their mental health disorder. Group therapy and individual counseling will focus on the specific mood or behavioral disorder, and any trauma the person may have experienced.

Each woman will receive a personalized treatment plan. Highly-skilled counselors will manage the patient’s case and monitor their progress. Dual diagnosis can be difficult to treat as the drug or alcohol addiction may have stemmed from the mental health issue, and vice versa. Those suffering from mental illness are actually more susceptible to addiction.

Dual diagnosis treatment may take longer to complete, which is why our addiction and mental health professionals monitor progress throughout treatment. The program should move at a pace that the individual is comfortable with.

Along with addiction treatment, patients may engage in other therapies, such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family Treatment Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

As part of the dual diagnosis admissions process, a full psychological evaluation will be completed in order to map out an individualized treatment plan. In a nurturing, calm, and caring environment, a woman with a dual diagnosis is better able to heal. Failing to address her mental health disorder and addiction simultaneously can increase the risk of relapse.

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A Program Tailored to Your Needs

Women are more than 2x as likely to experience depression and anxiety as men, and 90% of eating disorder cases involve women. Our dual diagnosis treatment professionals understand the best methods for treating women effectively. Each of our treatment programs is focused on the individual and their addiction, as well as identifying and treating the underlying psychological disorders that may prevent recovery from substance abuse and addiction. This dedication to the root cause of the addiction offers the client a level of care rarely seen at other drug and alcohol treatment centers.

In the case of dual diagnosis, the general rule of 30, 60 or 90-day treatment programs may not necessarily apply. Since more than one condition is being treated, a longer dual diagnosis program may be necessary. This ensures that your loved one learns the skills they need to cope with everyday life and prevent relapse, while allowing the necessary time to address and correct the significant underlying psychological problems that they may have.

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