Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center
A common misconception, drug use alone does not cause psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, though symptoms may be similar. The difference is that drug or alcohol-induced psychosis impacts brain chemistry but goes away as the effects of substance abuse diminish. In contrast, psychosis from mental illness continues and requires specific intervention to treat the disorder.
When a patient has a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder of mental illness and addiction, there are unique challenges to effective treatment. As one of America’s leading Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers, Inspire Malibu integrates mental health and addiction treatment modalities into a single, comprehensive program specifically designed to meet each individual patient’s condition. Note that the terms “Dual Diagnosis” and “Co-occurring Disorders” are often used interchangeably.
What are Common Types of Co-occurring Disorders?
There are many mental health disorders that can contribute to a dual diagnosis condition when combined with drug or alcohol abuse. The list below shows some of the more common disorders:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Personality Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
While this is not a complete list, it’s important to understand that these are the top-level disorders as they are usually referred to by doctors, therapists, and the general public. Many of these include multiple disorders that are grouped under the psychiatric category listed above.
For example, according to the latest update of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, which is used by professionals to diagnose illnesses, there are 10 types of disorders that fall under the category of “Personality Disorders.” These include Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCD), among eight others.
What are the Challenges of Dual Diagnosis Rehab Treatment?
There are many reasons why it’s difficult to treat people that have a mental health disorder combined with an alcohol or substance addiction, most notably because two things need to be addressed at the same time for treatment to be successful. The causes and symptoms for each also often overlap making it difficult to know which came first – the mental health disorder or substance addiction.
Co-occurring disorders are a very serious problem for patients and their doctors. Below are some facts that show how they tie together.
Fact #1: Drugs and alcohol can worsen mental disorder severity, presenting symptoms that mimic or mask mental disorders. Both severe intoxication and detox can appear as mental illness and vice versa.
Fact #2: Approximately 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders experience substance abuse.
Fact #3: Roughly 29% of people diagnosed as mentally ill have either alcohol or drug problems, or both.
Fact #4: People with Bipolar Disorder are 7 times more likely to have substance abuse problems than non-bipolar individuals.
Fact #5: More than 33% of schizophrenics meet criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder, and 47% of schizophrenics also have substance abuse disorders. That is more than 4 times greater than the general population.
A person with a dual diagnosis needs specialized professional care. Most addiction treatment centers are unable to treat patients with both pre-existing mental illness and severe drug and alcohol problems.
Do All Substance Abuse Facilities Treat Dual Diagnosis Patients?
Many addiction treatment centers are not equipped to deal with the combination of mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction. Consequently, a conventional rehab center places the mentally ill patient, already emotionally and psychiatrically compromised, in a worse position for them, as well as those around them.
The patient may be discriminated against by treatment professionals and residents alike in drug/alcohol recovery, and there is a 2 times greater chance they stop participating in an outpatient mental health program than those not afflicted with drug or alcohol abuse.
Many treatment centers do not have a combination of addiction AND mental illness professionals available to treat both conditions. It’s imperative to treat addiction and mental illness at the same time. Otherwise, fixing one problem without fixing the other will almost always result in relapse.
In the simplest terms, the goal of treatment is to find the underlying issues that are causing the problem(s) and work on fixing those issues. Some treatment centers understand this and refuse to work with patients with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder and refuse to admit them because they know their work will be futile.
In contrast, dual diagnosis treatment centers like Inspire Malibu specialize in such treatment with an award-winning staff and program.
Founded by Dr. A.R. Mohammad, an addiction specialist who is also a psychiatrist with extensive experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, Inspire Malibu is uniquely qualified to provide dual diagnosis treatment.
Dr. Mohammad is board-certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Inspire Malibu’s credentials for dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders for addiction treatment are impeccable.
To ensure successful treatment, our staff incorporates the Stages of Change with evidence based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and One on One Therapy, all of which are proven therapies for addiction treatment.
For anyone considering treatment for multiple conditions such as substance abuse COMBINED with a mental illness such as bipolar disorder, it’s necessary to find out if the treatment center is qualified to treat both.
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