What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment and how does it relate to Substance Abuse?
Nearly nine million people struggle with substance abuse and some form of mental illness in the U.S. Struggling with just one of these conditions can be very difficult, but for individuals struggling with both, the effects can be devastating and frightening. But, what is dual diagnosis treatment and how does it relate to substance abuse? Dual Diagnosis is the term that is used for individuals who have both substance abuse and some type of mental illness such as a psychiatric or psychological disorder – for example drug abuse and depression or alcoholism and schizophrenia. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of detox and rehab facilities that address dual diagnosis conditions, therefore finding a facility that will treat substance abuse and mental illness can be a difficult.
How many people are we talking about?
Statistics show that over sixty percent of individuals with substance abuse are also struggling with a psychiatric or psychological disorder including:
- Anxiety disorders: obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders and many phobias
- Personality disorders and schizophrenia
- Depressive disorders: depression and bipolar
At the same time, it can also be said that at least fifty-one percent of individuals with some form of mental illness or disorder, also have some type of substance abuse, be it prescription or illicit drugs and/or alcohol. The fact is that in most cases, individuals diagnosed with mental illness and drug and/or alcohol abuse do not receive adequate medical care and treatment. A brief look at the nightly news will reveal countless stories of cases where mental illness and substance abuse went unchecked and untreated; often leading to disastrous results.
How does Dual Diagnosis affect the Individual?
For persons with dual diagnosis, the psychiatric or psychological disorder and the drug and/or alcohol use interact and hinder normal function. What’s more, the combination actually worsens their overall condition, preventing them from getting better. As one condition gets worse, the individual will likely self-medicate. Furthermore, the symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse are often masked by each other.
The detox process in dual diagnosis treatment
Depending on the type of substance abuse (i.e., alcohol, prescription drugs, illicit drugs), a detox treatment may be necessary to removed the chemical toxins from the body and cleanse the system. In most cases, individuals begin to experience some form of withdrawal symptoms shortly after the last time they use drugs and/or alcohol. The method of detox used will make a difference in how comfortable the patient is throughout the detox process. For example, most traditional detox treatments rely on oral medications that are not very effective at relieving painful withdrawal. The patient is uncomfortable and in many cases will walk out of the center before the treatment is complete – only to return to their substance use. A facility that specializes in IV therapy medical detox will increase the patient’s chance for a successful detox treatment, as well as increase their chance for recovery. IV therapy medical detox is different because it is delivered directly into the blood stream and can be adjusted for an immediate effect. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, Gallus Detox Center may be able to help. Call us today at 855-338-6929, to speak with one of our admission team members. All calls are confidential and most insurance is accepted.