group of individuals participating in a group session at a dual diagnosis treatment centerOver 20 million Americans struggle with addiction. What we fail to realize is that numerous cases of addiction are from self-medication. While many believe this self-medication is for pain, it’s actually to attempt to manage an undiagnosed mental illness. However, this self-medicating only leads to more problems for those suffering. Often, when cases like this occur, the individual only receives help for their addiction. In order for them to achieve lasting recovery, they must enter a dual diagnosis treatment center.

A dual diagnosis treatment center is able to provide help for both addiction and mental illness at the same time. Having both issues receive proper attention and treatment can prevent relapse and increase the chances of lasting recovery.

How Does a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Help?

A dual diagnosis treatment center helps address issues caused by both the substance addiction and the mental illness. If one of these issues is treated without the other, the client is more likely to relapse. Dual diagnosis treatment helps clients find out how their disorders feed into one another and what to look out for in order to prevent relapse. Suffering from co-occurring disorders just make the recovery progress harder, especially when one of the disorders fails to receive proper treatment or a diagnosis at all.

Dual diagnosis treatment also teaches clients comprehensive coping skills for dealing with everyday stress or sudden trauma. These things can trigger a relapse if the client is unprepared, so figuring out how to manage these situations before they happen will benefit the client in the long run. These coping skills can go hand in hand with the management of a mental disorder. They can also be put to good use when it comes to avoiding triggers and cravings.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Morningside Recovery

Morningside Recovery specializes in dual diagnosis treatment, which treats patients who struggle with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and takes a comprehensive approach by placing an equal emphasis on treating addiction and the underlying mental health issues that influence it.

The complex relationship between mental illnesses and addiction requires help from dual diagnosis treatment specialists who can properly assess the severity of one’s condition and have the necessary knowledge to treat them.

While many patients who struggle with addiction may exhibit signs of certain mental health disorders during their addiction and in early recovery, these feelings and behaviors may persist and it’s important that these patients receive a proper assessment and the individual attention they need. Some of the more commonly seen dual diagnosis scenarios include the following:

Bipolar Disorder & Alcohol

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

Alcohol & Depression

People suffering from depression will often drink compulsively to cope with their intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Alcohol may serve as a momentary relief from depression, but it actually causes it to worsen over time. Alcohol is a powerful depressant that deepens feelings of despair and hopelessness.

Anxiety & Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines like Xanax are highly addictive and potentially dangerous anti-anxiety medications that can actually increase anxiety with frequent use. People quickly build a tolerance & often take higher doses than prescribed to get the same desired effect. Safe withdrawal from Benzodiazepines can decrease overall anxiety.

Substance Abuse & Stress

Substance abuse is unhealthy way to temporarily relieve stress. Sometimes stressful events can lead to more intense bouts of alcohol abuse and these people and vice versa. If they don’t find healthy ways to cope with stress, then relapse is inevitable. Finding productive coping strategies are imperative to a successful recovery.

Are you struggling with addiction? Do you believe you are struggling with an undiagnosed mental illness? Is your loved one showing signs of co-occurring disorders? If so, a dual diagnosis treatment center is the answer you need. Call Morningside Recovery today at 855-631-2135. Reach out to one of our staff members to have your questions heard and learn about your treatment options. Worried about financing? We also offer addiction treatment financing options. Questions about insurance? Addiction treatment insurance options are also available. Help is here for you, so don’t wait any longer to regain control of your life.