Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center
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 (also known as co-occurring disorders) treatment for both addiction and mental health disorders. Addiction and mental health disorders often exist together. It is necessary to treat any underlying mental health disorders concurrently with addiction in order to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
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. Under his expert guidance, Inspire Malibu successfully treats patients for dual diagnosis.
Drug use alone does not cause psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, although the 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 co-occurring disorder of psychological 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 methods into a single, comprehensive program specifically designed to meet each individual patient’s condition.
Common dual diagnosis types
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)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
While this is not a complete list, these are the more common disorders seen in addiction recovery patients. Many of these include multiple disorders that are grouped under the psychiatric category listed above.
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.
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.
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.
Approximately 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders experience issues with substance abuse.
Roughly 29% of people diagnosed as mentally ill have either alcohol or drug problems, or both.
People with bipolar disorder are seven times more likely to have substance abuse problems than non-bipolar individuals.
More than 33% of schizophrenics meet criteria for alcohol use disorder and 47% of schizophrenics also have substance abuse disorders. That is more than four times greater than the general population.
A person with a dual diagnosis needs specialized professional care, and often the underlying mental health condition won’t be uncovered until they enter addiction recovery treatment. Most addiction treatment centers are unable to treat patients with both pre-existing mental illness and severe drug and alcohol problems; they focus on addiction recovery only.
All substance abuse facilities are not equipped to handle dual diagnosis patients
Many addiction treatment centers cannot deal with a combination of mental illness and drug and/or alcohol addiction. A conventional rehab center places a mentally ill patient, in a worse position for the patient, as well as those around them.
Treatment professionals and residents alike in an unequipped facility in may discriminate against the patient, and there is twice as much of a chance that the mentally ill patient will stop participating in an outpatient mental health program than those not afflicted with drug or alcohol abuse.
It is important to treat addiction and mental illness at the same time. Fixing one problem without fixing the other will almost always result in relapse. The goal of treatment is to find the underlying issues that are causing problems and work on them. Some treatment centers understand this and refuse to work with patients with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder 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.
To ensure successful treatment, our staff incorporates the following forms of therapy. All are proven therapies for both addiction and mental health treatment.
- Stages of Change
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- One-on-One Therapy
Additional modalities can be offered according to the needs of each patient and will be incorporated into an individualized treatment program on the advice of our expert staff.