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Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Treating Dual Disorders
According to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, the mental illnesses most commonly co-occurring alongside substance abuse are:
- Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorders
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Personality disorders
Mental health and Addiction treatment in Maryland
People who suffer from mental disorders often use alcohol or drugs as a means to make themselves feel better. None of us want to suffer and these substances offer relief, even if they also cause damage and further suffering as a result of their abuse.
Those with anxiety commonly seek something to make them feel calm. Others who feel depressed want something to make them feel alive. Still, others who feel overwhelming pain might seek out a drug to make them feel numb. Addicts often have a drug of choice, but many often use multiple substances to help them handle their mental suffering and pain.
Once addiction treatment begins and the use of drugs and/or alcohol ends, those with dual diagnosis will find that the symptoms of mental illness that they masked with addiction will become heightened and this can lead to relapse.
That’s why it’s paramount for both disorders must be treated at the same time, in the same place, by the same treatment team. At Tranquility Woods, our team of mental health professionals understands how to approach treatment for those with co-occurring disorders. It’s common that the addict and/or the family not be certain if mental illness is a factor, other times it’s known to both. Regardless, a thorough screen is part of every patient intake.