Dual diagnosis, also called co-occurring substance abuse, is a way of describing someone who has mental health conditions along with drug or alcohol abuse issues. More than half of the people who go to rehab also struggle with a mental health disorder. They may start using drugs for that reason or may start, then develop mental health issues later. Dual diagnosis is challenging to treat and requires specialized support from a treatment center that understands how to best support an individual who struggles.
How Detox Works
Mental health issues may be brought on by substance use or exist prior to that. The main goal when a person enters rehab is to do a full assessment of all their needs to best determine the course of treatment. Dual diagnosis requires a lot of work from all the people involved. The main goal is to provide the best treatment and therapy for both drug and alcohol addiction while addressing mental health disorders. Therapeutic treatment is key to making sure the person’s underlying health issues are addressed, including trauma and pain they may be having. Without careful planning, they may experience a relapse.
Detox is just the first step of many in rehab. Rehab programs have a myriad of things to address with people who come for assistance with addiction. They usually offer therapeutic services, family support, and aftercare plans in support of a healthy recovery. Dual diagnosis simply means helping someone with more complex issues resolve those challenges with additional help from rehab professionals. This means:
- Psychiatric overview of medication throughout the process
- Careful monitoring for side effects
- Assessing the scope of needs the person has to make a better recovery long-term
- Setting up an aftercare and recovery plan that will include supportive services in mental health and sobriety
People who struggle with substance abuse disorders often suffer from mental health issues along with legal, financial, and social challenges. Reputable programs offer help for meeting people’s needs, but everyone is different and responds in different ways to rehab. Dual diagnosis does change the nature of a detox program and recovery. It does not mean the person is any less likely to succeed as long as they follow a plan of care, keep up with appointments and medication and remain consistent with their goals. A long, healthy, recovery is possible for anyone who remains committed to recovery and takes it one day at a time.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Dual diagnosis is part of our intake, assessment, and detox process for those in need. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.