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Coping with Dual Diagnosis

dual-diagnosis-philadelphiaIf you think that you, or someone you love, is currently suffering with dual diagnosis, you should see a medical professional and attend rehab as soon as possible. It is hard enough to deal with a mental illness, whether it be bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or others. But dealing with the illness on top of an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol makes life extremely tough. There is some help out there to teach you how to cope with dual diagnosis.

The first part of getting help with your dual diagnosis is recognizing the signs that point to the fact that you are suffering from a mental illness as well as abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Most people suffering from dual diagnosis are usually in denial of either their dependency on drugs and/or alcohol or regarding the mental illness. Denial in both cases is common. Some people don’t want to admit that they are dependent on a substance, choosing to believe they can stop when they want…but never actually stopping. Others are scared by their own behavior caused by the mental illness and choose to ignore it, thinking it will go away on its own. The truth is that neither addiction nor mental illness will just fix itself and go away on its own.

If you are thinking that dual diagnosis sounds a lot like what is going on with you, consider your family history. Is there any history of mental illness in your family? Is there any history of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol? If yes, a family history of mental illness or addiction often means that you have an increased risk of developing either condition.

If either of these denial situations sounds like you, and if you have a family history of mental illness and/or addiction, please get some professional help. You don’t have to live with your dual diagnosis on your own. The first step at a rehab, such as the Affordable Rehab of Philadelphia, will be to get you clean so that professionals will be able to determine what symptoms and behaviors are related to the mental illness, and which ones were caused by the addiction problem.

Once you are sober, the professionals at rehab will be able to diagnose your mental illness. The good thing about receiving a mental illness diagnosis is that you can begin to understand your illness. You can take any appropriate medications and begin to understand what life will be like for you living with your specific mental illness. You will also be educated about the effects of drugs and alcohol in relation to your mental illness, which can often interact poorly with anti-depressants and other medications and can trigger new symptoms.

At the same time as learning about your mental illness and identifying life skills to help you cope, rehab will also help you get clean and stay clean. We will help you identify the reasons why you turned to drugs and/or alcohol in the first place, which may have been as a way to try to self-medicate the mental illness. We will also help you identify ways to stay clean in your life after rehab.

You don’t have to suffer with dual diagnosis on your own any longer. If you think this sounds like you, give rehab a chance to get your life back on track.