Dual Diagnosis

Help for mental health and addiction.

 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Morningside Recovery treats the reason for addiction, not just the symptoms. Unlike other addiction treatment centers, our therapists specialize in dual diagnosis for addiction and any coexisting mental health issues.

 

Addiction is a Mental Health Problem

Addiction is more than physical dependence on alcohol and drugs. Many people use drugs to cope with mental health problems. They self-medicate in attempt to manage mental illness, but are only left with more problems.

Bipolar Disorder & Alcohol

Nearly half the people diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggle with alcoholism. They use alcohol to manage manic behavior and replicate feelings of euphoric mania. Alcohol magnifies manic depression and makes problems feel more out of control.

Depression & Alcohol

Alcohol is momentary relief from depression that actually worsens depression the next day- and not just because of the hang-over. Alcohol is a powerful depressant that deepens feelings of despair and hopelessness.

Anxiety & Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines like Xanax are highly addictive anti-anxiety medications that can actually increase anxiety with frequent use. People quickly build a tolerance & often take higher doses for desired results. Safe withdrawal from Benzodiazepines can decrease overall anxiety.

Stress & Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is unhealthy way to temporarily relieve stress. People have clouded judgement in stressful situations, and fail to think about the consequences of their actions. If they don't find a healthy way to deal with their problems they will most likely relapse.
 

I was going to meetings and I got a sponsor. I told him that I'd been diagnosed as bipolar and he was like, 'Really. I don't believe in that. There's only one disease and it's called Alcoholism.' Looking back, I'm not mad at him. He's still my sponsor and I still go to meetings, but I needed extra help.

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