According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 8 million Americans struggle with co-occurring disorders. This common phenomenon, called Dual Diagnosis, refers to a mental health disorder occurring at the same time as an addiction. Studies continue to demonstrate that treating both mental health and addictive disorder simultaneously is the most successful. Renaissance Recovery Center understands how suffering from mental illness and addiction can be trying. Our addiction recovery professionals are here to help ease you or your loved one struggling with Dual Diagnosis.

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Many who struggle with addiction are also challenged with mental health issues.  Drug and alcohol use can often be a way of self-medicating depression, anxiety, and a variety of other co-occurring disorders. For others, depression and anxiety can be attributed to the effects of substance abuse on the brain, along with the cumulative damage and loss caused by addiction. Trauma and abuse issues can also be factors in substance dependence. Whatever the cause of mental challenges, addiction recovery can be very challenging if these issues are not identified and treated.

Effects of a Co-Occurring Disorder

The effects of an untreated co-occurring disorder can be profound and widespread on every aspect of an individual's life. As the individual struggles to cope with both mental disorders and addiction, they are more at risk for the following:

  • Family strife: including alienation and confrontation, divorce, loss of custody
  • Loss of friends
  • Loss of employment
  • Homelessness: often correlated to job loss
  • Jail time
  • Health risks such as overdosing
  • Untimely death

Risk Factors for Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis is not a rare condition and it can affect any person regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status; however, there are certain risk factors that increase a person’s likelihood to be diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder.
Studies show that:

  • Men are more likely to be diagnosed than women
  • Diagnoses are more common in individuals with lower socioeconomic status
  • Adolescents with an early addiction in life are more at risk
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical issues are more at risk for developing co-occurring disorders. In fact, nearly 50% of those diagnosed with a mental illness partake in substance abuse.
  • US Veterans are in the at-risk category particularly due to PTSD
  • Unresolved trauma can also lead a person to substance abuse as a self-coping mechanism

Addiction & Mental Health Illness Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Unfortunately, mental health and addiction were not always treated concurrently.  Treating the additive disorder separate from the mental disorder typically failed, as these plans were not customized to the specific needs of each individual.  Integrated intervention is favored as this treats the whole person, their strengths, weaknesses, and particular needs.  Because mental health illness can lead to addiction (via self-medication) or because addiction can lead to a mental health disorder (e.g.. depression after an addiction-related job loss), no two individuals come to a Dual Diagnosis in the same way.  For this reason, our therapeutic team at Renaissance Recovery Center works closely with each and every client to establish the best possible course of action to achieve healing.
What are the common treatment options?
Treatment options that modern practitioners favor include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Methods for managing depression
  • Individual therapy and/or counseling
  • Drug/alcohol addiction treatment
  • Belief restructuring

At Renaissance Recovery Center, we provide evaluation and dual diagnosis treatment for mental health issues such as:

We can provide referrals for medication management when indicated.  Clients will receive a customized treatment plan designed to meet their individual needs.  Our approach to wellness is holistic; involving group and individual counseling that addresses the spiritual, emotional and psychological aspects of recovery.
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Health And Dual Diagnosis

Co-occurring disorders are fairly common in the U.S. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 7.7 million adults in the U.S. have a co-occurring disorder and a substance use disorder. Out of 20.3 million adults with a substance use disorder, 37.9 percent also have a mental illness. Out of 42.1 million adults with a mental illness, 18.2 percent also have a substance use disorder. Since co-occurring disorders are common, there are effective dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment options to help individuals recover. At Renaissance Recovery Center, we offer this type of treatment in the Gilbert area.
The causes of co-occurring disorders can be difficult to determine. In some cases, the stress of dealing with or managing a mental illness can result in alcohol or drug abuse. In other cases, having a substance use disorder can trigger a co-occurring disorder, such as depression or anxiety. In these cases, the underlying mental illness might have gone undiagnosed before. Having certain risk factors, such as a family history of mental illness or substance abuse, might also raise the risk of having co-occurring disorders. During a dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment program, both disorders are treated in order to provide individuals with a full recovery.
Certain types of co-occurring disorders can cause episodes of psychosis to occur. A few mental illnesses that are associated with psychosis include paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. Those who have one of these illnesses and a substance use disorder might experience episodes of psychosis. Keep in mind that certain types of substances may also cause psychotic side effects in rare cases, such as muscle relaxants. Alcohol abuse can also cause episodes of psychosis to occur in some individuals. Getting the right treatment for co-occurring disorders at Renaissance Recovery Center can help lower your risk of experiencing psychosis.
Mental health and substance abuse professionals can diagnose co-occurring disorders. Drug or alcohol abuse is diagnosed when the use of these substances has a negative impact on everyday functions and activities, for example. These substance use disorders are also diagnosed when individuals are unable to stop using drugs or alcohol or when they need to take or drink higher amounts to get the same effect. Mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder or depression, are diagnosed using a set of criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Individuals who are diagnosed with both a mental illness and substance use disorder are considered to have co-occurring disorders.
Signs and symptoms of common co-occurring disorders can vary from person to person. However, a few symptoms might occur in many individuals, such as severe mood swings linked to mental illness and substance abuse or financial and interpersonal problems caused by both disorders. More specific symptoms, such as feelings of hopelessness linked to depression or excessive worrying linked to anxiety, can occur with certain mental illnesses. Struggling with a substance use disorder can make symptoms of mental illness worse, making it important to seek dual diagnosis treatment.

Contact Renaissance Recovery Center for Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment in Arizona

Taking the first step to seek treatment is not always easy, especially if you or loved one have family and work obligations. Renaissance Recovery Center’s intensive outpatient program makes the initial decision to seek treatment that much easier. Every client that comes through our doors is treated with respect, love, and dignity as we work with them to stop the cycle of shame and guilt. Call us at 480-526-7738 or fill out the form in the sidebar of this page or on the contact page to get started with a free addiction and mental-health assessment today.

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