Treatment for Dual-Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders


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Mental illness presents itself in most addiction cases.  Our inpatient dual diagnosis and co-occurring rehab center offers the help you need.


Dual Diagnosis Treatment

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2010, 45% of people with addiction also had a co-occurring mental disorder. In response to the growing recognition of this trend, the number dual diagnosis rehab centers have been increasing in recent years also. If you, or your loved one, think that you might be suffering from co-occurring disorders, it’s important that you find out where to go to get the right treatment.

Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility offers a focused and individualized treatment plan for people who may suffer from more than one condition at once. Because our treatment plans are updated and reviewed once a week, our highly trained staff are able to determine the progress of improvement and make connections between co-occurring disorders and conditions.

Defining Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis refers to situations in which a person suffering from one or more mental disorders also have an addictive disorder. It can even be the case that those with dual diagnosis may have two separate co-occurring disorders. However, while separate, these disorders can still be closely related and intertwined complexly.

The development of Dual Diagnosis can happen with the mental disorder leading to the addictive behavior or reverse—with the addiction causing the mental illness. It’s not as critical, though, to try and unravel the process. What matters mainly in dual diagnosis is recognizing the existence of both disorders and implementing a treatment strategy that also addresses both at the same time.

Researchers had estimated that nearly 8.9 million Americans each year are affected by co-occurring disorders. However, only 7.4% end up receiving the appropriate treatment. The vast majority of those suffering from dual diagnosis wind up in treatment that addresses one disorder or the other, which is a situation that has shown to worsen both conditions.

Treatment Centers for co-occurring disorders are still somewhat rare these days. This research continues to show that those suffering from mental and addiction disorders need a specialized form of treatment. Dual diagnosis rehab centers are ones that implement a treatment strategy referred to as integrated services. It is important that you speak to the staff at Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility if you think you might be suffering from more than one addiction or condition. We can work with you to define an individualized treatment plan that can help you on the road to recovery.

Mental illnesses associated with specific substances

Some elements interact with particular mental health issues in ways that can be somewhat predictable.  This disorder you can often see in situations where the addiction has arisen from the user attempting to self-medicate. For example, those with anxiety disorders may gravitate toward drugs that induce a state of apathy or relaxation. Disorders such as depression will cause the user to seek drugs that induce a state of euphoria.

Common mental health disorders encountered in dual-diagnosis

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Schizophrenia

  • Personality disorders

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)

It’s also important to note that mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and antisocial personality disorder have some of the highest rates of morbidity, when combined with addiction abuse. Those diagnosed with schizophrenia are more likely to use stimulants, although it’s unclear whether the mental disorder led to the addiction abuse or vice-versa.

Bipolar disorder is the mental health issue most closely associated with substance abuse. Studies have shown that the probability of substance use and bipolar disorder occurring together can be as high as 50 to 60%.

Studies have also shown that 60-80% of people diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder also suffer from alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is additionally associated very closely with depression and anxiety. 

Dual Diagnosis treatment

Compared to other forms of addiction treatment, Dual Diagnosis is a relatively recent innovation in the field. Before the 1990’s, those suffering from mental health disorders and those facing substance abuse problems were treated completely separately. When both conditions were presents, patients were often treated for substance abuse first, and only then would any mental health disorders be addressed. 

Treatment approaches to Dual Diagnosis now administer the most favorable aspects of both mental health care and substance abuse treatment at the same time. And a new specialization has arisen in which clinicians can receive credentials in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Specialized Dual Diagnosis rehab centers, such as Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility, offer recovery programs that are designed to address these co-occurring disorders adequately.

Despite recent advances, however, finding the right treatment center for co-occurring disorders can still be difficult. Part of this stems from the fact that many addicted persons may not be acutely aware of their underlying mental disorder. In 2002, The Office of Applied Studies reported only 12 percent of those suffering from a Dual Diagnosis received treatment for both conditions.

Increasing your chances of success in overcoming Dual Diagnosis

When identifying the right Dual Diagnosis rehab center, it’s important that they provide the following:

  • Treating your mental health and substance use disorders simultaneously with a full team of specialists 

  • Facilities must understand the importance of psychotherapeutic medications in treatment. These include antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and other such medications

  • A supportive approach to therapy that doesn’t worsen the mental disorder with an overly aggressive approach

  • Involving partners, spouses, children and others close to the recovering individual in the therapeutic process 

Creekside Ranch Treatment Facility is well equipped and staffed to help you manage your dual addiction conditions in a way that will make you feel more at peace. We provide hope to people who otherwise wouldn’t have it, when it comes to addiction. Working with our low staff to patient ratio, we are able to connect with patients and ensure they are receiving the best care possible for their conditions and addictions. 

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