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Dual Diagnosis in Pensacola FL (850) 332-0874

Dual diagnosis is a mood disorder that co-occurs with an addiction. Also known as co-occurring disorders, or COD, a dual diagnosis should be treated in a specialized facility or program that integrates treatment of the addiction and the mental health disorder. At Drug Treatment Centers Pensacola, our trained and certified medical and mental health professionals work together to form a treatment plan that best suits the needs of each patient with a dual diagnosis.

Dual Diagnosis: Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

Co-occurring disorders are more prevalent than previously thought. Recent studies have found that about one-half of those who have a severe mental illness also have an addiction or substance abuse problem. Likewise, over one-half of those who abuse drugs and over one-third of those who abuse alcohol also have a mental illness.

In Escambia County, nearly 14 percent of residents utilize mental health and substance abuse services each year, but less than one percent receives treatment for co-occurring disorders.

If you or someone you care about is currently struggling with substance dependence and mental health issues, Drug Treatment Centers Pensacola can help. Call us now at (850) 332-0874 to find out more about our treatment programs.

Mental Health Disorders Commonly Associated with Dual Diagnosis

The mental health disorders most commonly associated with a co-occurring disorder diagnosis include:

  • Clinical depression, which is characterized by intense hopelessness, guilt, and self-hatred.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder results in extreme fear that can be debilitating and result in problems relating to other people.
  • Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder marked by periods of intense fear that brings about physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat and cold sweats.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another anxiety disorder that causes ritualistic behaviors.
  • Bipolar disorder is a serious mood disorder that results in alternating episodes of severe depression and mania, causing emotional instability.
  • Post-traumatic shock disorder (PTSD) is triggered by witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event and is characterized by unresolved fear and anger that causes nightmares, flashbacks, and emotional instability.
  • Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with the way you perceive the world and causes delusions, psychotic episodes, disorganized thoughts, and impaired social functioning.

Why Dual Diagnoses Are So Prevalent

Many of those who have co-occurring disorders began their drug use in an attempt to self-medicate. Alcohol may be used to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, while many who suffer from anxiety turn to marijuana for relief.

Abusing drugs and alcohol can worsen underlying mental health problems, both during consumption and withdrawal. Additionally, substance abuse can cause someone without a mental illness to have an onset of mental health symptoms, such as depression or paranoia.

Treatments for Dual Diagnosis Recovery

Getting specialized help for co-occurring disorders is essential for increasing the chances of a successful recovery. Each condition needs its own treatment, but the treatments for the addiction must be administered with the mental illness in mind, and vice versa.

Treatments used for dual diagnosis include:

  • Pharmacotherapy, which is using prescription medications to control the mental illness.
  • Psychotherapy, which is a catch-all term for a number of one-on-one therapies that help the patient understand their illness and develop strategies to cope.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches patients to examine their thoughts and beliefs and change their way of thinking to promote healthier thought patterns and behaviors.

Aftercare Programs for Co-Occurring Disorders

After treatment is completed, a personalized aftercare program will be set in place to help prevent relapse. The aftercare program will include ongoing support for continued recovery, including:

  • Continued assessment of medications to control the mental health disorder.
  • Coping strategies for handling stress and addiction triggers.
  • Continued group and individual therapy.
  • Family therapy to help restore function within the family.
  • Employment resources.
  • Residing in a sober living facility or receiving resources for safe housing.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Pensacola today at (850) 332-0874 and explore your options for recovery.

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