If you or a loved one are struggling to kick that addiction and are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia then you could be dealing with dual diagnosis and should get help now. With a dedicated dual diagnosis treatment plan, Affordable Rehab of Philadelphia can give you the treatment and support you need to be able to take back control of your life.
Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders, is when a person is suffering from an alcohol or drug rehab as well as a mental illness. Many people might think that a person with an addiction is naturally going to have some mental problems as a result of that addiction (or vice versa). While this may be true to some extent (in that the triggers for an addiction and a mental illness can often be the same or that the abuse of some substances may have effects on your mental health) curing one problem will not necessarily mean that the other will disappear. The problem with many people who have dual diagnosis is that they are not treated for both problems simultaneously, and therefore, they cannot completely recover from their addiction and will relapse.
It is important to understand that with dual diagnosis both the mental illness as well as the drug or alcohol addiction needs to be treated in order to prevent relapse. Treatments for dual diagnosis must target both the mental illness and the substance abuse because even though one does not necessarily cause the other, they feed off of each other. The treatment should include therapy and possible treatment using prescribed medication and treatment for the drug or alcohol abuse should include a detox as well as support through groups and therapy in order to be successful. However, these treatments need to work in conjunction with one another in order to form a unified and cohesive treatment program.
Lastly, it is also important that the family and friends of people who are being treated for dual diagnosis have a thorough understanding of it so that they can help their loved one through this difficult process.
Dual diagnosis is a serious issue that affects hundreds of people everyday. It is imperative that you seek professional help specialised in the treatment of dual diagnosis. Do not delay when it comes to getting the support you need, contact Affordable Rehab of Philadelphia to get help today.