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