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Dual Diagnosis Treatment | Dual Diagnosis and Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Dual Diagnosis Overview -
Both addiction and mental illness are brain diseases. This condition is called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Understanding that they often occur together can be a critical element in treating addiction. A person who is susceptible to one type of brain disease such as addiction may also be vulnerable to another. Both addiction and mental illness often involve the same pathways, molecules and chemicals in the brain.
When a client is found to be suffering from a co-occurring disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, or post traumatic stress disorder, they are given the opportunity to address these issues during treatment, thereby creating the potential for understanding and resolution. This is often a critical component of successful recovery and one of the many things that sets Challenges apart from other treatment centers.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Those with Co-Occurring Disorders -
At Challenges Substance Abuse Treatment Center for Addiction and Relapse Prevention Treatment, we help break through the stereotypical labeling that a person dealing with mental illness issues inevitably faces in today’s society. Our substance abuse treatment center clients are given opportunities to learn appropriate socialization skills, have access to recreational activities and develop peer relationships with other people learning to stay sober one day at a time.
Some people begin abusing drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication. Drugs abuse often starts as a way to temporarily relieve some of the pain symptoms associated with mental illness, such as stress, anxiety, social inhibitions or depression. All too quickly, self-medication can often turn into full-fledged abuse that becomes very difficult to control.
Our substance abuse professionals have extensive experience with men and women with a dual diagnosis. We address the severity and intensity of each client’s mental health and substance disorders including affective disorders, personality traits, chronic pain and trauma-related issues. Challenges clients receive medication, education and learn how brain chemistry plays a major role not only in their recovery, but also in their goal of life-long sobriety.
The “Challenges” treatment program focuses on not only effectively treating the addiction, but also on providing unparalleled relapse care for clients with dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. The focus is on identifying the importance of how a client’s physical, mental/emotional, social and spiritual well-being will be positively affected by the changes they experience while in treatment, as well as on assisting clients through technology and other means in aftercare.
Treating Dual Diagnosis Clients At Challenges -
Upon admission to Challenges Addiction and Relapse Prevention Treatment Center, each client undergoes an extensive and detailed medical and psychiatric assessment. This allows the Challenges Treatment Team to determine and assess any underlying mental health issues that may be causing or contributing to the client’s condition, and that may be acting in concert with other addictive disorders, compulsive behaviors and chemical dependency to negatively impact upon the client’s state of health and future prognosis.
Our approach to treating addiction is both holistic and individualized in that it fully takes into account the special needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders. Upon admission, clients are scheduled to meet with a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Addictionologist, together with a full range of other mental health, addiction treatment and relapse prevention specialists.
The clients’ history and medications are reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, in order to stabilize and allow them to fully participate in their addiction treatment planning and program. In addition to group therapy and special primary groups, special one-on-one individual therapy sessions are also scheduled. This allows a dual diagnosis client with co-occurring disorders to work through some of the special frustrations and issues they must deal with daily, and sets them on a path to a successful recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment and The Family -
Drug abuse contributes to family conflict, erodes social support, and generates high levels of expressed emotion, thus disturbing the vitally needed care giving network. A dually diagnosed individual can throw the best of families off balance. Families of dual diagnosis patients are also offered support and education, and encouraged to fully participate in Family Therapy sessions.
Family members are helped through the difficult realization that they cannot stop their loved one’s substance abuse. They can, however, stop doing things like covering it up or making it easier for the dual diagnosis person to continue the denial. Families can learn what they can do about the problem, and in doing so, they will inevitably face the reality that much of it is out of their hands.