Effective Dual Diagnosis Care To Treat Addiction and Psychiatric Conditions
A common misconception, drug use alone does not cause psychiatric conditions like bi-polar syndrome or schizophrenia, though symptoms may be similar. The difference is that drug or alcohol-induced psychosis impacts brain chemistry but goes away as drug effects diminish. In contrast, psychosis from mental illness continues and requires specific medical 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 the individual patient’s condition.
The Challenges of Dual Diagnosis Rehab Treatment: The Facts
Fact: 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: Approximately 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders experience substance abuse. Further, 29% of people diagnosed as mentally ill have either alcohol or drug problems, or both. Bi-polar individuals are 7 times more likely to have substance abuse problems than non bi-polar individuals.
Fact: 33.7% of schizophrenics meet criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder; 47% of schizophrenics also have substance abuse disorders, more than 4 times greater than the general population.
Consequently, 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.
Inspire Malibu is Staff and Treatment Approach Equipped To Treat Dual Diagnosis Patients
Many addiction treatment centers do not have doctors on staff able to deal with the combination of mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction. Consequently, a conventional non-medical rehab center places the mentally ill patient, already emotionally and psychiatrically compromised, in a worst-case scenario—for them as well as those around them.
The patient may be discriminated against by non-medical treatment professionals and residents alike in drug/alcohol recovery, and there is a 2 times greater chance to stop participating in an outpatient mental health program than those not afflicted with drug or alcohol abuse.
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 medicine specialist who is also a psychiatrist with extensive experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, we are 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 additional information about Dual Diagnosis Treatment, please call 800-444-1838.