Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Nuview offers effective treatment programs for dual diagnosis conditions. We understand the shared connection that exists between mental health and substance abuse disorders. Our therapists are trained to identify underlying mental health disorders that are frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed and play a significant role in issues with substance abuse

Our comprehensive treatment model offers support for both mental health and substance abuse disorders by providing a wide range of treatment modalities that improve mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

Our dual-diagnosis programs address the complex relationship between “co-occurring” disorders while treating both mental health conditions and addiction simultaneously.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term used to describe when someone suffers from both substance abuse and a mental health disorder at the same time. It is not always clear which condition developed first; however, in many cases, one condition tends to intensify the other. It’s common for those with mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD to “self-medicate” with an addictive substance. Studies show that substance abuse can both create mental health disorders and make existing conditions worse.

Regardless of which condition came first, the goal of effective dual-diagnosis treatment is to correct both conditions together.

What Causes Dual Diagnosis Disorders?

While it’s not fully understood what causes dual-diagnosis conditions, there are a variety of factors that can play a role in both substance abuse and mental health disorders. Dual-diagnosis conditions vary greatly and depend on many personal factors. It can often be challenging to identify the primary condition, whether it be substance abuse or one or more mental health disorders. One illness can often worsen the other, and both need to be treated simultaneously.

The following are some of the possible causes of co-occurring disorders:

  • PTSD and various forms of Trauma
  • Genetic predispositions
  • Family history
  • Diagnosed mental health disorders
  • Underlying health problems
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Mental and emotional distress (financial issues, loss of loved one, divorce, relationship)

While many factors may be involved in co-occurring disorders, dual-diagnosis treatment begins by identifying sources of mental and emotional distress to create a targeted treatment plan that targets the root of both mental health and substance abuse disorders.  

Common Dual Diagnosis Disorders

Dual diagnosis involves the combination of addiction and a “co-occurring” mental health condition. Due to the many possible combinations of substances and possible mental health disorders, dual-diagnosis conditions and symptoms vary greatly. Substance abuse can include addiction to alcohol, prescription medications, opiates/opioids, methamphetamine, and many other drug combinations. There is also a wide range of mental health disorders that co-occur with substance abuse from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia. 

The following are common dual-diagnosis conditions:

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

The best treatment for dual-diagnosis is an integrative model that provides care for both mental health conditions and substance abuse at the same time. The outdated approach to treat both conditions separately fails to recognize the interconnectedness of co-occurring disorders and often fails to produce lasting results. It’s crucial that your treatment provider understands how one condition affects the other and to offer comprehensive support. 

Screening for Dual-Diagnosis disorders

The first step to any effective dual diagnosis rehab program is to identify the underlying factors involved. Dual-diagnosis disorders are highly complex and typically steam from a combination of mental, emotional, and physical imbalances. In-depth addiction and mental health assessments provide clinicians with the insight they need to create a personalized treatment plan that offers support for the needs of each individual.

Dual-diagnosis rehab program

Entering into treatment for dual diagnosis disorders is the first step in achieving long term recovery. Dual diagnosis programs offer comprehensive support that combines the use of a variety of treatment modalities. Dual diagnosis rehab programs help provide the foundation for long-term recovery and provide integrative care that treats both mental health and substance abuse disorders together.

Psychotherapy for Dual Diagnosis

Psychotherapy is a foundational element of dual-diagnosis treatment and makes up a large part of a treatment plan. Therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) help those with dual diagnosis conditions reframe negative thought patterns and belief systems that may increase the likelihood of substance abuse. Additionally, psychotherapy helps to create effective coping mechanisms that help avoid relapse and increase the possibility of achieving long-term recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Group Therapy

Group therapy offers support for those suffering from dual-diagnosis conditions. It’s common for those with co-occurring disorders to feel isolated and alone. Group therapy allows people to share their emotions and feel a sense of community. Group therapy sessions offer education on dual-diagnosis conditions, coping skills, and relapse prevention tools.

Complementary (CAM) Therapy

Complementary and Alternative (CAM) therapy offers holistic support that helps to improve the overall well-being of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatments include art therapy, yoga, breathwork, sound therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. These therapies offer support for the mind and body that help improve mood, reduce stress, improve impulse control, and help improve the overall health of the mind and body. 

Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT)

Medication may be required to help manage the symptoms of certain mental health conditions. Many conditions, including anxiety, depressions, insomnia, and eating disorders, can be corrected through psychotherapy, mind/body interventions, and abstinence from substances. However, the use of medication may be needed to help stabilize mood and reduce the symptoms of mental health disorders. Medications can also be used to support the detox process.

Medication assists treatment requires that medications be used as prescribed and that drug and alcohol use be avoided as some medications can result in serious side effects, including death when mixed with drugs and alcohol.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Los Angeles

If you are experiencing depression, hopelessness, the recollection of traumatic events, have suicidal thoughts, or any other mood disorder and also struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, we can help provide relief.

Getting treatment for a dual-diagnosis condition can be one of the most important life decisions you can make. Recovery from co-occurring disorders is possible.

To find out more about our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program in Los Angeles (Marina Del Rey), contact us. 

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