5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dual Diagnosis

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When a person is living with a mental health concern and a substance abuse issue, they are described as having a dual diagnosis. Both conditions require treatment from experts who have experience treating clients with this type of profile.

Here at Serenity at Summit, we treat clients with both co-occurring disorders as part of our services.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dual Diagnosis – But Should

1. There Is A Definite Link Between Mental Illness And People With Substance Abuse Issues

  • Three-quarters of people with alcohol and substance abuse problems may also be dealing with a mental illness.
  • Approximately 90 percent of men with schizophrenia may also be dealing with an addiction.
  • Just under two-thirds (64 percent) of psychiatric in-patients may have either a previous or current problem with drug use.
  • About 25 percent of individuals who have anxiety disorders, depression or bipolar disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol also have another mental health issue.

2. A Person With Dual Diagnosis Will Typically Share Certain Characteristics And Experiences

  • Be estranged from and lack family and community support
  • Won’t be cooperative with medical staff
  • Probably will have severe psychiatric symptoms
  • Very emotional
  • May move frequently or be homeless
  • High risk for relapse
  • Seen by Emergency Departments or hospitalized often

3. Early Intervention And Specialist Care Are Often Not Available To Clients Who Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment

4. If A Dual Diagnosis Client Gets Into An Addiction Treatment Program, Counselors May Consider The Mental Illness As A Secondary Issue Or Merely A Side Effect Of The Addiction

If the client looks to the mental health treatment system for help, the addiction may be considered as the secondary issue or a side effect. Neither approach sees the two issues as being equally important or treats them concurrently in the same manner as dual diagnosis programs.

5. Health Care Professionals May Not Involve The Family In Treatment

This is unfortunate, because the family can often provide valuable information about the problems and experiences of the person who has the dual diagnosis.

We here at Serenity at Summit like to include the family and their input and support in our client’s treatment. We also help educate a recovering addict’s family to be the best example possible and to obtain helpful life and family skills.

Serenity at Summit has a program for dual diagnosis clients. Our expert staff treats both health concerns concurrently to achieve a full recovery.

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