What is Dual Diagnosis?
For some people who struggle with substance use, addiction occurs concurrently with one or more mental health conditions. While it is possible to treat both conditions separately, addiction and mental health professionals understand that mental illness and substance use often have noticeable impacts on one another. Therefore, addiction specialists generally recommend people who have a dual diagnosis receive treatment for both conditions simultaneously. Dual diagnosis programs are most effective for patients who have both an addiction and a mental health condition because these programs address each condition individually while also considering how each condition may affect the overall treatment plan.
Previously, mental health disorders were treated exclusively in psychiatric environments, and substance use disorders were treated at drug rehabilitation centers. The problem with this segmented approach to treatment is that the client receives treatment for their drug addiction in rehab, but omitting psychiatric care, neglects the underlying cause of their addiction. Not addressing the underlying causes of a substance use disorder in treatment can lead to relapse once treatment is complete.
Another term that’s often used when discussing dual diagnosis is ‘co-occuring disorder.’ A co-occurring disorder—in an addiction treatment context—is comprised of a substance use disorder and at least one mental disorder. Approximately 7.9-million adults in the U.S. reported to be suffering with co-occurring disorders in 2014, according to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Treatment for a Dual Diagnosis
Many people who struggle with the debilitating symptoms of a psychological disorder use substances to alleviate the pain of depression, anxiety, mania, and alienation. They often self-medicate, and try to treat themselves with alcohol and drugs because their own reality is simply too painful and overwhelming to handle. Once the alcohol and drugs are removed, the debilitating symptoms and the overwhelming reality of their condition, still remain. For a person to properly treat these two conditions at once will give them the best chance at a fulfilled life in recovery.
Today, many primary residential drug rehab centers provide psychiatric therapy in-house for addicts who also present with a co-occurring disorder.
The most common mental disorders presented at drug rehab are:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Inpatient drug rehab treatment centers often utilize clinical psychiatric therapies to treat both the addiction and the mental disorder concurrently. Common modalities used in the recovery field center upon cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies (CBT and DBT, respectively) to help the addict first identify the causes, triggers, and effects of their mental health issues, and second, how these issues relate to their substance use.
Granite Recovery Centers offers treatment for a variety of substance use disorders, including:
- Alcohol Use Disorder
- Opiate Use Disorder
- Heroin Use Disorder
- Benzo Use Disorder
- Cocaine Use Disorder
We use many types of therapies and treatments to assist in the treatment of these disorders, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- 12-Step Support Group Involvement
- Goal Setting and Aftercare Planning
- Holistic Addiction Therapy
Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Granite Recovery Centers
We know that there are many treatment facilities in the New Hampshire area that you can choose to recover from your addiction and mental health disorders. We treat you as the unique individual that you are. We know that cookie-cutter approaches to treatment don’t work. Therefore, we design your treatment around your needs. Whether you have used drugs or alcohol for decades or weeks, we have a program for you. Our program options include:
- Residential rehab: The most intensive option, ideal for patients who have struggled with severe addictions, long term addictions, or repeated relapses. With 24/7 care and constant support, we know that you have an excellent shot at long-lasting recovery.
- Outpatient rehab: A good fit for those with short term addictions. Consists of attending day programming and returning home at night. During this program, you can still participate in work or school, and you have more freedom. However, support is less regulated.
- Detox programs: Our medically-assisted detox programs for our patients ensure you a more comfortable detox process as you take the first step towards recovery. Detox is the first step in most, if not all, rehab programs, as your body cannot be on the journey to recovery until we cleanse it entirely of the substances you relied on during addiction. Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification for people who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency.
- Gender-specific: Men and women face different issues in addiction, so it makes sense that their recovery processes would be different as well. When you enroll in a gender-specific rehab program, you surround yourself with people who are going through the same issues you are. You can avoid talking about your uncomfortable like experiences in a mixed group. It also helps to reduce distractions that might cause you to lose focus on the real issue at hand: you and your recovery.
At Granite Recovery Centers, we combine evidence-based clinical treatment delivered by licensed clinicians with an engaging 12-Step curriculum design. This unique approach to treating addiction and co-occurring disorders, applied to a highly individualized treatment plan for each client, results in a healthy daily design for living that supports and encourages long term sobriety, personal fulfillment, and a life of purpose.