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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Jersey City, NJ (201) 620-9141

A dual diagnosis is made in instances where an addiction is accompanied by a mental health disorder. Co-existing disorders are more common than previously thought. A recent study found that 51 percent of people with a mental disorder also have an addiction, and over 65 percent of people with an addiction also have a mental illness.

But while many addiction treatment programs treat the addiction as a primary disorder and the mental health issue as a secondary disorder, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a dual diagnosis requires treatment of each as a primary disorder, and that providing entirely separate, but integrated treatment, is essential for the best recovery outcome.

Individuals with a dual diagnosis should be treated in a facility that specializes in treating those with co-existing disorders. Treatment through these specialized programs is a collaboration among the various mental health professionals involved in different aspects of recovery, and a consistent philosophy and approach to treatment is critical for success.

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Common Mental Health Disorders in a Dual Diagnosis

Mental disorders that make it difficult to cope in social situations leave sufferers particularly vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction. Some of the common disorders present in dual diagnoses include:

  • Clinical depression is marked by feelings of hopelessness, sadness, guilt, and self-hatred and results a loss of enjoyment in life and unhealthy and self-destructive behaviors.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder causes intense, irrational fears to take over and interfere in daily activities. Coping with stress and social situations is particularly difficult for those with this disorder.
  • A panic disorder is related to anxiety and is characterized by periods of debilitating fear so extreme that it produces physical symptoms like chest pain and a racing heartbeat or profuse sweating and shaking.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder is also an anxiety disorder in which the individual performs repeated or ritualistic behaviors that expend a great deal of time and energy and help ward off intrusive thoughts.
  • Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder marked by alternating periods of mania and depression. During manic periods, emotions and energy run high and engaging in risky behaviors during this time is common. During depressive periods, feelings of hopelessness take over, leaving the patient despondent and lethargic.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition triggered by a traumatic event, such as a rape, war combat, or near-death experience. Unresolved fear and anger combine to cause nightmares, flashbacks, and precarious emotional stability.
  • Personality disorders affect the way patient perceive themselves, which affects the way they interact with others. Personality disorders make it difficult to relate to other people and establish and maintain relationships.
  • Schizophrenia is a serious illness marked by delusions, disjointed thoughts, psychotic episodes, and skewed perceptions that make social functioning very difficult.

Treatments for a Dual Diagnosis

The integration of treatments for addiction and mental illness is critical for successful recovery, and the treatment for one aspect of the diagnosis is always performed with an eye to the treatment progress of the other.

  • Pharmacotherapy is the administration of drugs to control the mental illness diagnosis.
  • Group therapy utilizes the benefits of common experience, ongoing peer support through the various stages of recovery, and shared information and resources.
  • Family therapy helps restore function to family relationships damaged by the addiction and mental illness.
  • Individual cognitive-behavioral therapy promotes self-awareness and reflection, clarifies the relationship between the way we view the world and how we think, feel, and behave, and teaches ways to examine and evaluate beliefs, emotions, and thoughts before acting on them.

Aftercare Services for Co-Existing Disorders

It’s one thing to identify triggers and learn coping skills, but it’s entirely different to be sent into the world to put them into practice. Aftercare services to help prevent relapse are an essential part of any drug or alcohol treatment program, providing ongoing support through continued therapy, counseling, and psychiatric care as well as other individualized and relevant aftercare program components that meet the patient’s needs during the transition back into “real” life.

Call Jersey City Drug Treatment Centers today at (201) 620-9141 to find the help you need for your substance abuse and mental health issues.

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