Understanding Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual Diagnosis disorders impacts millions of people and their families throughout the country. Not only do approximately 21 million people have a substance use disorder, but recent data shows that drug overdoses have increased 30% between 2019 and 2020. The United States continues to face a fast-growing epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as mental health conditions. People with a dual diagnosis understand what it is like to attempt to live a normal life with both conditions affecting them at the same time. Thankfully, dual diagnosis treatment is available in St. Augustine for those who are not only struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, but who are also experiencing one or more mental health conditions.
What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual diagnosis is the practice of addressing any co-occurring mental health problems in addition to addiction. In the case of Pearl of the Sea Retreat, this is part of our residential rehab program. Some centers, especially older ones, address mental illness and addiction in different programs, if not in different facilities altogether.
However, Pearl of the Sea is a new, cutting-edge facility that employs the most effective treatment methods. We combine therapy programs to meet your specific, unique needs. These options are part of our comprehensive addiction services.
Dual Diagnosis Statistics
Mental health conditions make up some of the most pressing public health issues in the country. Specifically, 1 in 4 American adults will experience a mental health condition at one point in their lives. Dual diagnosis is slightly different than solely having a mental health condition, as a dual diagnosis means that someone has a mental health condition but also a substance use disorder. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that 45% of Americans have a dual diagnosis. Additional statistics include the following:
- 7.2% of people with a dual diagnosis are over the age of 50
- Roughly 10.6% of full-time worker have a substance use disorder, while 10.2% have a significant psychiatric disorder
- Only 12% of people with a dual diagnosis receive the professional care they need to treat both conditions
- 50% of people with a dual diagnosis do not receive treatment for either their substance use disorder or their mental health condition
Obtaining treatment for a dual diagnosis is absolutely vital, as it allows the reduction of symptoms tied to both conditions. Continuing to allow a dual diagnosis to go untreated often leads to an increase in symptoms, both in number and in severity.
How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?
Substance use disorders and mental health conditions can be effectively treated separately, however when someone is experiencing both conditions simultaneously, it is critical they receive a combined approach to care.
In past decades, those presenting with dual diagnosis symptoms were often told to get sober prior to reaching out for any type of therapeutic help for their mental health condition. What ended up happening was that these individuals’ conditions grew worse, and trying to get sober while also combating a mental health condition proved extremely difficult. Thankfully, integrated intervention is available today to help address both issues at the same time.
Integrated intervention is the term used to describe the treatment approach for dual diagnosis clients. Essentially, a therapeutic team works with a medical team to help create a treatment plan that meets the need of the client. Therefore, the client receives evidence-based therapies that pair well with medications that may be prescribed. Professionals on both teams work cohesively to ensure that the therapy and the medication are providing positive benefits to the individual.
Some therapies that are commonly provided to dual diagnosis clients include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Individual therapy
- Group counseling
- Family therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Trauma therapy
Medications that may be used can include:
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Drug withdrawal medications (e.g. buprenorphine, methadone)
At Pearl of the Sea Retreats, we utilize integrated intervention to ensure the effective treatment of all of our clients. We work as a team so that all clients receive individualized treatment plans that are capable of helping them make the changes in their lives that they want and desire.
Why Should I Choose Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
The short answer to this question is that dual diagnosis treats you as an individual. Your problems with mental illness and addiction are not separate, so why should your treatment be? Our dual diagnosis treatment center will offer you a rehab program that tailors itself to your specific needs.
It is also important to recognize that “dual diagnosis” is becoming a bit of a buzzword in the addiction treatment community as of late. As a result, many people fear that it is an empty term, or worse, a pseudoscience. This could not be further from the truth. Dual diagnosis is a widely recognized and respected practice in the mental health field. In fact, many experts even call it a necessary step forward in addiction treatment.
The mental health problems that dual diagnosis can treat include but are not limited to:
How Does This Fit Into Pearl of the Sea Retreat’s Other Offerings?
Fortunately, Pearl of the Sea has a diverse range of dual diagnosis services in St. Augustine. If we discover you are wrestling with more than one mental health problem, we have the resources to treat them. Do you need assistance with structuring your dietary and nutritional schedule? We have experts to help you. If your addiction relates to chronic pain, we can even help you with pain management and relief.
Some people’s addictions occur as a result of past trauma. It can be difficult to recover when your substance use is an escape from an unaddressed prior experience. This is why Pearl of the Sea Retreat also offers trauma counseling. Our therapy sessions include individual, group, and family settings as well.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Florida
At Pearl of the Sea, we help individuals overcome their dual diagnosis disorders. At our state-of-the-art facility, we guide clients to understand the risk factors of dual diagnosis and root cause issues of their issues in a luxury setting, nestled in picturesque St. Augustine. Contact us today at 866-962-1907 or learn more about our admissions process.
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