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Dual Diagnosis Programs in Concord, NC (704) 490-4263

If you or a loved one has received a dual diagnosis it means that a mental illness is present along with a substance addiction. A dual diagnosis involves two separate illnesses that require separate, but integrated treatment. At Drug Treatment Centers Concord, our medical and mental health professionals work together to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment methods for patients who have a dual diagnosis.

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Dual Diagnosis is more common than once believed. Recent research reveals that between one-third and one-half of people with a drug addiction also have a mental illness, and between one-third and one-half of people with a mental illness also have a co-occurring substance addiction.

Experts cite two major factors for the prevalence of dual diagnosis. First, many people who have a mental illness use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate, such as someone with intense anxiety using alcohol to cope with social situations. Secondly, drugs and alcohol not only make mental illnesses worse, but they can also cause the onset of a mental condition in someone who didn’t previously have one.

If you or a loved one is suffering from co-existing disorders, contact the professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Concord NC at (704) 490-4263.

Types of Mental Health Disorders Common with Co-Occurring Disorders

While a wide range of mental illnesses may accompany an addiction, some are more commonly associated with addiction than others.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by intense distress and irrational fears. Someone with an anxiety disorder may use drugs or alcohol to make social situations more comfortable or to alleviate general feelings of unrest.
  • Clinical depression causes feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and self-hatred. People with depression may use drugs and alcohol to numb these feelings or improve their mood.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes sufferers to engage in repetitive or ritualistic behaviors to stave off intrusive thoughts. People who have OCD may use drugs or alcohol to quiet the mind and reduce the intensity of some of these actions and behaviors.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event. People with PTSD may use drugs or alcohol to alleviate symptoms that include nightmares, insomnia, and general emotional problems.
  • Eating disorders are caused by an unhealthy body image and low self-esteem and are characterized by a self-destructive relationship with food, eating, and exercie. People with eating disorders may use drugs or alcohol to feel better about themselves or reduce their appetite.

Therapies for Treating a Dual Diagnosis

Various therapies are used to treat co-occurring disorders.

  • Pharmacotherapy involves using medications to control the symptoms of a mental illness.
  • Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for various “talk” therapies that help patients become more self-aware of their thoughts and behaviors and identify and address issues that led to the addiction. Psychotherapy includes motivational interviewing, which helps patients identify their own reasons for wanting to recover, and cognitive therapy, which helps patients replace harmful thoughts with healthier ones.
  • Behavioral management helps patients identify and replace self-destructive behaviors with those that are productive and healthy.

Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Are More Effective Than Other Programs

Effectively treating a co-occurring disorder requires separate treatments for each illness, but the treatments must be integrated so that treating one illness is conducted with the other in mind.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Concord specializes in treating the complex issues behind co-occurring disorders. Treatment at our facility is a deliberate collaboration among the various treatment teams for each illness to ensure the patient receives the best possible education about how each illness affects the other and develops the most effective individualized skills, strategies, and techniques for helping to ensure successful lifelong recovery.

After treatment, a relapse prevention plan is individualized and implemented and will pay equal attention to each illness. A typical aftercare program includes ongoing therapy and monitoring of the mental illness and the medications that are being used to treat it. Other components are based on the particular needs of the individual and include programs like vocational rehab or a stay in a sober living facility to ease the transition from drug rehab to home. For more information, please call Drug Treatment Centers Concord NC at (704) 490-4263.

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