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Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

What are Co-occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders occur in clients who have mental health disorders along with substance use disorders. Such clients are given a dual diagnosis treatment to counter the effects and symptoms of both disorders collectively. The client suffering from OCD may also have an alcohol or drug abuse history; therefore, it is essential that the treatment be comprehensive and adequate to address both disorders.

For years, clinicians and therapists have made the crucial mistake of treating substance addiction separately from treating mental health disorders. Even though the symptoms of substance abuse and mental health problems are always overlapping and interlinked, these disorders were treated at different health centres using entirely different therapeutic procedures. This is the primary reason why clients who suffered from serious mental health problems such as OCD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression never got a chance to get treated for their substance addictions. Similarly, therapists in rehab also failed to adequately address all the underlying addictions of the client as they were not exposed to the concept of dual diagnosis.

Research has revealed that around 8.9 million clients are suffering from co-occurring disorders, out of which only 7.4% receive treatment for both their substance abuse and mental health problems. While 55.8% clients receive no medical attention to rid themselves of their dual psychiatric issues.

In present day, co-occurring disorders have emerged as a discipline in itself, and all mental health therapists, clinicians and drug specialists take great care in identifying all the underlying mental health problems in their clients. Research has proven that clients who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders such as schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are highly likely to also suffer from drug dependency or alcohol addiction. A dual diagnosis is not only necessary and essential to cure their co-occurring disorders, but also, to save such clients from the plagues of poverty, homelessness, isolation and poor health.

Why is Dual Diagnosis Important?

By infusing therapeutic treatments and methods of psychiatry and addiction disorders, dual diagnosis helps millions of clients who are struggling with severe psychiatric problems and battling with their substance abuse disorder simultaneously. Dual diagnosis is important because:

  • Since dual diagnosis treats both the disorders simultaneously, the relapse rates among these clients lowers significantly.
  • Integrated therapeutic treatments adequate address negative reverse effects of psychiatric disorders, for instance, a lack of motivation, social phobia and a lack of concentration.
  • Dual diagnosis makes medication more effective since the therapeutic plan addresses mental disorders along with substance addiction.
  • In dual diagnosis, the use of psychotherapeutic medications is encouraged, which help the client immensely.
  • The group therapy for clients suffering with co-occurring disorders is designed to provide additional support and motivation to clients struggling with psychiatric disorders and addictions.
  • Research has proven that dual diagnosis lowers the rate of suicide attempts among clients suffering from co-occurring disorders.
  • Integrated treatments that address mental conditions and substance abuse together lower the therapy costs and provide better results at curing the client.
  • Dual diagnosis has revealed a tendency to cultivate and promote in clients the feeling of self-restraint by inspiring them to take control of their mental health conditions.

If you are ready to enroll in a life changing addiction recovery program that is created from a dual diagnosis approach, contact our intake coordinators at Sequoia Recovery. All of our clients receive customized addiction treatment programs for their individual needs.

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