Dual Diagnosis

Many people with a substance use disorder are not only experiencing symptoms related to their addiction, but also symptoms of another mental health condition. When both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition are occurring at the same time, it is known as a dual diagnosis.

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For some, the substance use disorder began first, but for others, the mental health condition was present prior to the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Regardless of which came first, attempting to manage both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition at the same time is extremely overwhelming and complicated.

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report stated that 7.9 million people in the United States have a dual diagnosis. The most common mental health conditions, in order, that co-occur alongside a substance use disorder are as follows:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Schizophrenia

People who experience a dual diagnosis can also struggle with symptoms associated with other mental health conditions, including borderline personality disorder and self-harm, to name a few. Learn how our dual diagnosis treatment in Ft. Walton, FL can help you treat any co-occurring disorders that may be present.

Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis

For many people who are prominently presenting with symptoms of a substance use disorder, it can be easy for onlookers to think that all of their behavioral and emotional responses are due to the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. However, that is often not the case. As more than 50% of those with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health condition, the behaviors that one might notice in someone with a dual diagnosis can also be representative of mental illness. It can be difficult to tell the difference, especially since the symptoms one experiences will be directly related to what he or she is abusing and what the mental illness is, however, when aware of what to look for, spotting someone with a dual diagnosis can be simpler.

Someone who is struggling with a substance use disorder and a simultaneous mental health condition will likely experience the following symptoms:

  • Sudden and unpredictable changes in behavior
  • Continuing to abuse drugs and/or alcohol despite being aware of how dangerous doing so is
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and loved one
  • Constant fluctuations in mood
  • Contemplating or attempting suicide
  • Muddled thinking or appearing confused
  • Problems staying employed
  • Experiencing financial issues
  • Inability to maintain healthy relationships with others

These are just some of the most prominent symptoms of a dual diagnosis, however, can be helpful in determining if someone is in need of our professional dual diagnosis treatment in Ft. Walton, FL.

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Ft. Walton

Treating dual diagnosis in Ft. Walton is not as simple as one might think, as a number of different approaches go into creating a course of care for a patient. When someone enters a dual diagnosis treatment program, he or she will be able to benefit from an individualized, yet, standard, treatment plan that can help them address both concerns.

Known as integrated intervention, dual diagnosis treatment addresses both issues at the exact same time. Rather than focusing on treating the substance use disorder and then the mental health condition, studies have proven that when each issue is addressed as a whole, the patient achieves greater success in his or her recovery.

Those who have a dual diagnosis can require more time spent in treatment than someone who is experiencing just one condition or the other. For many, treatment begins with detox, where they can physically withdraw from the substance or substances that they have been abusing so that they can be clear-minded enough to partake in our Ft. Walton dual diagnosis treatment program.

Whether conducted in an inpatient or outpatient setting, those who are in our Ft. Walton dual diagnosis treatment will work with highly skilled and compassionate professionals who can help them sort through the psychological, behavioral, and emotional components of both the substance use disorder and the mental health condition. This can be accomplished through participation in individual therapy, group therapy, behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, and several other therapeutic means that can meet the specific needs of the patient.

When a patient completes a therapeutic program, he or she can move into sober houses with others who have also experienced similar challenges. Being able to live amongst those who share similar goals in recovery can help individuals remain accountable and on the right track towards making a full recovery. If a patient is better suited to return home instead of moving into a sober home, he or she can do so and continue to work on his or her recovery through psychotherapy with an outside therapist. That therapist can then provide a referral to a prescribing professional who can, if necessary, prescribe medications capable of treating the mental illness that the individual is experiencing.

Dual Diagnoses We Treat

JourneyPure’s dual diagnosis treatment in Ft. Walton, FL treats the following mental health conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Depression
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Exercise addiction
  • Munchausen Syndrome
  • Self-harm

The following behavioral and emotional concerns can be treated through our therapies:

  • Anger
  • Codependency
  • Chronic impulsivity
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Grief
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Trauma

Get Help At Our Ft. Walton Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program Today

If you or a loved one are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and are also experiencing a mental health condition at the same time, you do not have to continue to move through life without the help of professionals. Our dual diagnosis treatment in Ft. Walton, FL is all-encompassing and can provide you or your loved one with the skills needed to stop active addiction and get control of the symptoms associated with both conditions.

Allowing a substance use disorder and a mental health condition continue to exist alongside one another is a recipe for disaster. The longer the use occurs and the longer the mental health condition goes untreated, the more likely an individual is to suffer extreme and potentially deadly consequences.

So, do not wait. Reach out right now to our dual diagnosis treatment program in Ft. Walton, FL today!