Licensed Dual Diagnosis
It’s an unfortunate fact that there is a serious stigma to mental health issues in the United States. As a result, many people who are suffering from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression can turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate and live with their illness. Likewise, many people who have dealt with a long-term addiction can develop a mental health issue in response to the social isolation and other issues that accompany addiction. In fact, it’s believed that as many as four million people in the United States suffer from both an addiction and a mental health disorder. This issue is known as “dual diagnosis,” and it is beginning to be widely recognized by treatment facilities across the country.
Recognizing a dual diagnosis can be difficult. Unfortunately, it’s believed as few as 16 percent of those suffering from a dual diagnosis will seek treatment. In some cases, this is because the person simply doesn’t realize that they have a mental health issue.
If you or your loved one has used drugs or alcohol in order to deal with any of the following symptoms, it’s possible that they have a dual diagnosis:
At Serenity Care Centers we have trained psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists who work with each of our clients in order to recognize and treat any dual diagnosis that may exist. This treatment will usually consist of a combination of group therapy and individual counseling in order to provide the best possible recovery from both issues that exist.
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Recovering from an addiction can be hard when you are also suffering from a mental health issue. Unfortunately, these underlying conditions can sneak up on an individual, with their symptoms often mimicking or masking the problems that accompany addiction. This is one of the reasons so few people seek treatment. A few of the common mental health conditions that occur alongside addiction can include:
In a dual diagnosis program, both the mental health issue and the addiction will receive treatment, with the understanding that both problems must be addressed together for a healthy recovery to occur. In some cases, this may require the use of medications to overcome the symptoms of the mental health issue, while in others individual counseling and group therapy will suffice. A few of the different treatment approaches that may be used include:
Why Serenity Care Centers?
Because so few patients with dual diagnosis seek treatment, not every facility is equipped to handle the unique needs of dual diagnosis patients. We, at Serenity Care Centers, have taken the time to put together a highly trained staff of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists that can treat not only you or your loved one’s addiction but any underlying mental health issue as well.