The Integrated Treatment of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness revealed that almost nine million individuals in the U.S. are impacted by drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness each year. Dual diagnosis is the name given to an individual who is struggling with substance abuse and mental illness such as alcohol abuse and depression. Since there are not many substance abuse facilities that deal with both detox and rehab, as well as treating mental health issues, finding a facility that can treat dual diagnosis can be a bit of a problem.
Understanding Dual Diagnosis
Research has shown that persons who are diagnosed with substance abuse and mental illness do not receive the appropriate treatment and care. Studies show that sixty six percent of persons struggling with drug and alcohol abuse also have a psychological or psychiatric disorder. The reverse is also true as fifty one percent of persons with a psychiatric or psychological disorders also have alcohol or drug abuse. Unless the addiction treatment facility is prepared to meet the needs of both the substance abuse and the mental illness, more than fifty percent of the individuals they treat will not get the complete help they need. In an individual with dual diagnosis, the substance abuse and the psychological or psychiatric disorder correlates with each other and prevents the individual’s ability to function normally. The psychological and psychiatric disorder and the drug and alcohol abuse worsen each other. The result is often a relapse of either the substance abuse or the mental illness. Further, the symptoms of each can mask the other, making an accurate diagnosis and treatment fallible. It is not unusual for the individual to self medicate as they try to recover from one problem, ignoring the other problem. Dual diagnosis addresses psychiatric illnesses such as: •Anxiety disorders: obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders and many phobias •Personality disorders and schizophrenia •Depressive disorders: depression and bipolar
Detoxification for Dual Diagnosis
Detoxification for dual diagnosis will depend largely on the type of substance abused such as alcohol, opiates and other substances, as well as how long the individual has been using the substance, the amount they use and how long they have been using. IV therapy medical detox is regarded as the best method, as well as the safest and most effective method for drug and alcohol abuse detox. IV therapy is administered by a board certified and licensed physician and intravenous therapy is relevant because it allows the physician to make any necessary changes to the medication protocol as the withdrawal symptoms change. The patient remains comfortable throughout the process which allows them to complete the detox process successfully. Once the detox is complete, it may be necessary to enter a substance rehab program that also specializes in dual diagnosis. 12 step programs, cognitive behavioral education and alternative programs offer the opportunity to continue success being substance free. If you or someone you know are struggling with dual diagnosis and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.