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Dual diagnosis occurs when a patient has both mental health and substance abuse disorders. The conditions are commonly seen together, as nearly half of people with a mental disorder will deal with a substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives; and those with a substance abuse disorder will often deal with a mental health issue. However, that does not mean that one caused the other, even if one of them clearly appeared first.
When a patient presents with both substance abuse and mental health issues, the dual diagnosis treatment serves to cater to both issues. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with depression and anxiety. And yet, drugs and alcohol can make anxiety and depression worse. The only way to stop the vicious cycle is to address it all.
The term “Co-Occurring disorder” is updated and current terminology used to describe dual diagnosis. A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) report shows that in 2017:
If you have a co-occurring disorder and need detox, we can help. Feel free to reach out to our admissions team who will help you through the admissions process.
Signs and symptoms a dual diagnosis may be present include:
Dual diagnosis treatment aims to treat the person as a whole — not just the mental illness or the dependency issues. Since the two often go hand-in-hand, treating one without the other often means relapse. Addressing the issues simultaneously helps patients see how the two are related, and learn how to handle them both.
Self-medicating involves individuals using substances and available medications to treat a condition they believe they suffer from, whether it’s been formally diagnosed by a medical professional or not. Many people living with health issues turn to self-medication as a way to cope with or “treat” the condition, without seeking the appropriate medical care. Unfortunately, practicing self-medication is dangerous. People may:
If you or someone you love is struggling with both mental health and substance abuse disorders, Magnified can help. We have dual diagnosis treatment programs designed to address both diagnoses, with support from professionals who’ve been there before. Call us today to learn more about our personalized treatment plans.
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Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.
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