Dual Diagnosis

When somebody is classified with a dual diagnosis it means that they have a substance abuse problem along with another mental health issues such as; depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.

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 Dual diagnosis drug rehabilitation is now more widely available than ever before so this means that there is more hope for the person in this position. 

A problem with treating somebody with a dual diagnosis has been that this type of individual often finds it hard to accept the need for dual diagnosis drug rehabilitation. All addicts suffer from denial as this is a symptom of the condition, but a breakthrough can often occur when the addict can get past their denial and see the need for help. This moment of insight is often not as easy for the person with dual diagnosis to reach. Their other mental health issue can seriously detract from their ability for any type of insight into their own behaviour; for instance those with bipolar and schizophrenia usually have poor judgement. If the individual is able to recognise the need for dual diagnosis drug treatment then there is far less hope of it being successful. When you can’t see a problem you are unlikely to put much effort into fixing this problem. In fact for many people with a dual diagnosis it is hard to let go of the belief that their addiction is helping them cope with their other problems; this may have in fact been the case in the beginning, but the only place that addiction leads is misery. When it comes to dual diagnosis drug rehabilitation the traditional methods for treating the addiction might be counterproductive. This will of course depend on the severity of the other mental health issue.

 The most favored way of dealing with addiction is through a twelve step program or a program that relies on teaching the individual cognitive strategies. Both of these methods can produce poor outcomes for many people with a dual diagnosis. This is because they both approaches either rely on the ability to have deep insights and deal with emotional issues head-on, or they involve strategies that just might not work for someone with schizophrenia or another mental health problem. It is for these reasons that the most appropriate course for most people will be to go somewhere that dual diagnosis drug rehabilitation can be provided under the same roof.  Luckily these types of treatment facility are now more common than ever. If the other mental health condition is mild in nature then in some instances attendance at a more traditional treatment facility might be possible; although the other problem will need to be dealt with if recovery is to be a success. The main thing is that a good recovery from a dual diagnosis is possible if treatment is approached correctly

Dual diagnosis is common

More than one-fourth of mental illness patients also suffer from a substance use problem. A majority of mental patients suffering from illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder also have a substance abuse problem. The lifetime prevalence of dual diagnosis in schizophrenia patients is 47 percent, while it is 56 percent for those suffering from bipolar disorder.

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