What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Becoming the Industry Standard for Addiction Treatment

Dual diagnosis is when a person is evaluated as not only having an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but also suffering from an underlying mental health condition (also known as a co-occurring disorder).

Dual diagnosis is quite common when it comes to the entire group of people with addiction. Here are some stats to keep in mind when it comes to dual diagnosis in the addiction treatment industry, as reported by the Journal of the American Medical Association:

  • More than 50 percent of people who abuse hard drugs also suffer from at least one serious mental health condition.
  • About 37 percent of people who abuse alcohol have at least one diagnosable mental illness.
  • Among all of the people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, nearly 30 percent abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Only about 60 percent of adults with a diagnosable mental illness in the U.S. seek formal treatment.

Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Massachusetts

Metal Health Conditions and Substance Abuse

Which Types Are Most Common?

It’s not uncommon for people with mental health conditions to turn to alcohol or drugs as a means of attempting to self-medicate their symptoms. Such a temporary fix can exacerbate the mental condition, and a vicious cycle of worsening mental illness symptoms and substance abuse often emerges, in many cases.

The types of mental health conditions that are often associated with drug and alcohol abuse are:

  • Mood Disorders
    • Major Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Social Anxiety Disorder
    • Panic Disorder
    • Various Phobias
  • Personality Disorders
    • Antisocial Personality Disorder
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Paranoia and Delusional Disorders
    • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

If you had to pick one condition that takes the cake when it comes to leading to substance abuse, it would be depression. Someone who suffers from depression is more than twice as likely to abuse harmful substances as a person without the condition.

As for anxiety disorders, roughly 20 percent of that population abuse drugs or alcohol. Also, about 30 percent of people with a diagnosed personality disorder struggle with substance abuse.

How We Approach Dual Diagnosis at Serenity at Summit

Two Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers to Meet Your Needs

Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Detox Serenity at Summit is committed to designing individualized recovery programs that address not only a client’s substance abuse issues, but his or her mental health background as well, if present.

We start each client with a thorough intake assessment to learn about their substance abuse and health history. If a client hasn’t been previously diagnosed with a mental health condition, we still evaluate if a co-occurring disorder is at play when it comes the person’s recent relationship with drugs or alcohol. Whatever our findings, we’ll craft a customized treatment program that will address all of the client’s needs over the next several weeks.

Although dual diagnosis clients typically participate in several forms of counseling at Serenity at Summit, their individual therapy sessions particularly focus on their mental health. We also offer educational programs for mental health and stress management to clients during their time at one of our dual diagnosis treatment centers. Additionally, the holistic activities we offer onsite help improve clients’ mental health in addition to making them comfortable with being substance-free.

Dual Diagnosis Detox at Both Facilities

Starting the Client’s Recovery Off Right

Both of our rehab facilities offer medical detox, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. The detox program is highly customized to the conditions the new client presents, especially if he or she has a co-occurring disorder. This means that clients are administered different medications to help with their withdrawal symptoms, or sometimes no medication at all.

People who are addicted to the following substances generally require detox at the start of a recovery program:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin and other opioids
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine

Dual diagnosis clients who complete the program at our detox-only facility in Union, NJ have the option of joining our inpatient treatment center in Haverhill, MA or transitioning to the Summit Behavioral Health outpatient program at one of four locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Now that you know what dual diagnosis is, and if you fit that description as somebody looking for treatment, don’t worry: We’ve got you covered when it comes to highly effective detox and residential treatment at our dual diagnosis treatment centers.


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