Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life. Continued substance use affects how the brain processes information and impairs decision making and judgment. It’s not uncommon for a person with a substance use disorder to also have a mental health disorder or vice versa. This is referred to as having co-occurring disorders. Although these conditions don’t always occur together, it’s fairly common. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that around one-third of individuals living with mental illness experience substance abuse, and around one-third of individuals who misuse alcohol and more than half of those who misuse drugs also have a mental illness.
However, these conditions don’t have to control your life. CareForward Health supports clients in managing addiction and mental health issues through dual diagnosis treatment. As clients recognize the impact of these conditions on their health and how they affect one another, clients can incorporate changes into their lives to effectively address both. They can continue to work, go to school, volunteer, spend time with friends, and engage in different hobbies and activities with renewed energy and vigor. The strategies and support provided through dual diagnosis treatment empower clients to take back control of their lives and live each day to the fullest.
Dual Diagnosis- Mental Health & Addiction
Clients and their families often wonder, which came first: addiction or mental illness? There’s not always a clear-cut answer. Some people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with the symptoms of mental illness, but substance use can also worsen underlying symptoms individuals may not have noticed before. It can be a vicious cycle and there isn’t necessarily a cause-and-effect relationship. The two conditions can exist independently of one another.
When facing co-occurring disorders, it’s essential that both conditions are treated together. Focusing on one but not the other may increase risk of relapse because a major contributing factor is not being addressed. At CareForward Health, clients learn how addiction and mental illness affect their life and their recovery. Whether in the day treatment program or intensive outpatient program, there’s an emphasis on cultivating positive mental health and positive routines to build a stronger foundation for recovery.
Common co-occurring mental health disorders include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. Therapists and treatment providers at CareForward Health are highly trained and knowledgeable in working with clients to manage their mental health and create a substance-free lifestyle. Every client is evaluated for potential mental health concerns so that treatment can be tailored to their individual needs and the proper level of care determined. Some clients may not realize that the feelings they have been experiencing are due to mental illness or worsened by substance use.
NAMI estimates that in 2014 about half of all adults in the United States with a substance use disorder also had a co-occurring mental illness – that is approximately 10.2 million people. Dual diagnosis treatment at CareForward Health equips clients with the tools, resources, and supports they need to turn their lives around and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Through Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), trauma-informed care, individual and group therapies, and specialized therapies, clients can work through the challenges they face in a practical, effective manner. They work together with their treatment team to create a personalized care plan that aligns with their individual needs and goals.
With tailored treatment that allows clients to focus on recovery and how to implement what they are learning into their everyday life, they can approach recovery with more confidence and motivation. Clients build a network of support and learn healthy ways to respond when faced with challenges or obstacles. In addition, they can engage in hobbies and activities that reduce stress and promote positive mental health. CareForward Health supports clients in overcoming co-occurring disorders and establishing a sustainable life in recovery where they can pursue professional and personal endeavors to enrich their lives.