The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Many addicts use substances like drugs and alcohol to deal with the symptoms of other mental illnesses. When an individual faces a diagnosis of a mental disorder, and drugs and alcohol are introduced into the system, the problems can quickly change and become even more serious. As the central nervous system is delicately balanced and any foreign substance can quickly affect it, those with other mental health conditions that abuse drugs and alcohol may deal with a whole new set of issues.

In order to effectively overcome an addiction, both conditions must be treated – the mental health condition along with the addiction. Here at Wasatch Crest Recovery, we refer to this process as a dual diagnosis, and our experts are committed to providing the best dual diagnosis treatment to give you the help you need to recover from your condition and your addiction. We take a caring, compassionate approach to substance abuse and alcohol treatment along with the diagnosis of mental health disorders.

Personality and Mood Disorders That May Affect Your Life

Common personality and mood disorders are:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Manic depression
  • Anxiety

In order to create an effective drug treatment plan, it’s essential that any mood or personality disorders are diagnosed and addressed during the assessment phase. These disorders create an imbalance in the brain that increases the likelihood of drug abuse and addiction. In order to treat both issues, we believe that a combination of medication plus cognitive therapy is essential.

Our residential program offers a quiet place for you to deal with your addiction and determine what you want out of life. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder that is complicated by a drug or alcohol addiction, we are here to help. With the right facility, professionals and treatments, you can live a life free from the demons of your past.

Chemical Dependency Can Affect Your Mental Health

Researchers are focused on the relationship between mental health and chemical dependencies, and new information is available almost every day. Experts believe that close to 60% of those who deal with a substance abuse problem may have an underlying mental health issue that exacerbates the situation. For these individuals, dual diagnosis treatment can be effective.

While the cause of addiction and certain mental health conditions is now known, it is widely believed that in order to live a successful life, addicts must receive treatment for both. While one condition may not cause the other, they directly influence the other condition and your life overall.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

Co-occurring treatment programs are essential to treating all conditions that contribute to drug and alcohol abuse in order for the patient to live a happy, fulfilling life. These treatments deal directly with the problem of addiction combined with treatment for many mental health disorders, including:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Attention deficit – hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

As research further proves the link between substance abuse and mental health disorders, it becomes more and more important that patients are given a place to deal with both. Here at Wasatch Crest Recovery, we are committed to offering a dual diagnosis treatment program that works for each individual.

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When you want the help of a professional that understands addiction and a safe haven to overcome your problems for a better life, call us at Wasatch Crest Recovery at 801-358-6698.


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