Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a difficult and lengthy process. But it can be even more painful and challenging for patients struggling with a dual-diagnosis. What is Dual-Diagnosis? Dual diagnosis refers to someone who has been diagnosed with both a substance abuse disorder as well as an emotional or psychiatric disorder. This is also often referred to as co-occurring disorders. How Common is Dual-Diagnosis? It has been estimated that 14 million Americans suffer from both a drug or alcohol addiction as well as an emotional or mental disorder. There are many differing studies, but statistics show that 37-65% of people with substance abuse disorders also have a mental disorder and 29-51% of people with mental disorders also suffer from a substance dependence disorder. Causes Several differing theories exist as to the cause of co-occurring disorders. Determining which came first is a difficult task. In some situations, people with emotional or psychiatric disorders use drugs or alcohol to feel better or escape their mental illness. In other cases, long-term psychiatric problems are created from chemical dependency resulting from a drug or alcohol addiction. Diagnosis Co-occurring disorders are hard to accurately diagnose. This is because symptoms of severe dependency on alcohol or drugs often mimic other psychiatric and emotional problems like depression, hallucinations and suicide attempts. Detoxification This means that medical detoxification plays an important role. In order to accurately determine whether a patient has both a psychiatric problem and a substance abuse problem, the patient cannot be on the addictive substance. This allows for a determination to be made about which symptoms are a result of the substance abuse and which symptoms, if any, are a result of an underlying psychiatric problem. Medical detoxification weans the patient off the addictive substance in a safe, professional environment so that they can be more accurately treated. Treatment Once the patient has undergone detoxification, they can be accurately diagnosed and the rehabilitation process for both the substance abuse and mental disorder can begin. Dual diagnosis patients often have more difficulty recovering from a substance abuse addiction because their emotional or mental disorder may make them more susceptible to relapse. Often, a dual diagnosis patient recovering from addiction is more likely to have feelings of:
Gallus Detox is your first step to a full recovery. Our detox facility allows you to safely and discreetly be treated for your addiction while under our expert medical care. And once your stay with us is complete, we can help recommend the next steps. If you or a loved one suffer from dual-diagnosis, contact us online or call 855-338-6929 to begin your recovery from addiction today.