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Dual Diagnosis

When people are diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental health disorder, it’s called a dual diagnosis.

Individuals with a dual diagnosis require integrated treatment that addresses both disorders. Wolf Creek Recovery provides this type of care to our clients so that they may attain the healthy, sober life they deserve.

How Common is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is surprisingly common. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 45 percent of people with addiction have a co-occurring mental health disorder like bipolar depression or generalized anxiety disorder. There are several reasons why substance use and mental health disorders co-occur together.

First, people who struggle with their mental health are more likely to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. They use these substances to numb their feelings and escape their pain. In reality, drugs and alcohol are only a temporary distraction from your problems. They end up worsening the symptoms of addiction and can delay proper treatment.

Second, there is some evidence that suggests that addiction and mental illness are caused by the same brain deficits and genetic influences. Also, the symptoms of mental health and addiction appear around the same age – adolescence. Finally, people who experience trauma are at a higher risk for both substance use and mental health problems.

While this might not explain everyone’s circumstances, it does provide a clearer picture as to why substance use and mental illness often occur together.

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What is the Best Way to Treat Dual Diagnosis?

Best Way To Treat Dual Diagnosis
Wolf Creek Recovery has experience treating individuals with dual diagnosis. We believe in integrated treatment, an evidence-based practice that simultaneously treats addiction and mental illness together. This is the best way to treat dual diagnosis, as it prevents one disorder from sabotaging the recovery process.

To ensure that each client receives the best care possible, we create individualized treatment plans. Here are the key factors that should be included in every plan:

  • Consistent and dedicated team of health professionals working together in one setting
  • Ability to move at the individual’s pace
  • Opportunities for peer relationships, recreational activities and socialization
  • Educational support for families
  • Motivational interventions to empower clients
  • Behavioral counseling to promote healthy cognitive and behavioral skills, as well as healthy coping patterns
  • Medications to manage the symptoms of mental illness

Advantages of Choosing a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Many people with co-occurring disorders believe they can only get treatment for one issue at a time, but this is not the case. In fact, treatment is more effective and successful when it addresses both disorders. You can treat both sets of symptoms simultaneously so that they do not overlap. Otherwise, you run the risk of struggling with mental health symptoms and then having the urge to use drugs or alcohol.

By choosing a dual diagnosis treatment center like Wolf Creek Recovery, you can expect highly personalized treatment that meets your needs. Some of the most common mental health conditions we work with include generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, depression, mood disorders and personality disorders.

The benefits of working with our dual diagnosis treatment facility are:

  • Receive a proper and comprehensive diagnosis
  • Wide range of therapies, including medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy
  • Adequate support and access to medications all under one roof
  • Various levels of care to support your needs – PHP, IOP and OP
  • Help with transitioning to a normal routine

Your Recovery from Dual Diagnosis Starts at Wolf Creek Recovery

If you are struggling with both a mental health and substance use problem, contact Wolf Creek. We will start with an evaluation so that we can provide you with an accurate diagnosis. From here, our team of clinicians will help identify the relationship between your addiction and mental health disorder.

With our medically supervised detox program, we will help you get through the withdrawal process. We have a number of therapies and medications that are effective at managing symptoms and reducing cravings. Once detox is complete, you can move forward with behavioral therapy that will treat the underlying causes for your substance use.

As you learn how to cope with your symptoms without the need for drugs or alcohol, you will be on your way to a healthy and complete recovery. Drugs and alcohol might seem like they provide an escape from your problems, but this is an illusion. To start your recovery from dual diagnosis, contact Wolf Creek Recovery today.

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