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Dual Diagnosis, Great Neck, NY

It is common for people who have mental health disorders to attempt to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. As a result, many of the people who enter drug rehab treatment also have a mental illness. When a person has a substance addiction and a mental illness, this is called a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring conditions.

It was not until recently that rehabilitation centers and psychotherapy providers began to see the way that mental health and addiction can affect one another. Finding a treatment center that address both problems is important and can affect recovery success. To find a program that can help patients with a dual diagnosis, call Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck at (516) 283-5681.

Common Dual Diagnosis Disorders

There are some mental disorders that are more closely linked with addiction than others. These can include:

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Traumatic events can trigger flashbacks, depressive episodes, and muscle tension caused by stress. Patients may attempt to reduce these feelings of panic and troubling memories with sedatives or alcohol.
  • Depression: Depression can precede or be caused by substance abuse. While some depressed users may turn to alcohol, marijuana, or euphoria-inducing drugs like methamphetamine, these drugs can worsen their condition.
  • Anxiety: Prescription drugs that are meant to treat anxiety are often abused, even by those who are meant to be medicated. Xanax is commonly abused due to its ability to make users feel at ease for long periods of time. Drug abusers often mix these pills with alcohol, which can be a fatal combination.
  • Schizophrenia: Existing schizophrenia can cause delusional thinking, impulsivity, and wild mood swings, making these patients a prime subject for drug abuse. Drugs like methamphetamine and crack cocaine can make patients feel like they are treating their condition, but can actually aggravate their conditions.

What Are The Treatment Options?

Psychotherapy is one of the most common forms of treatment for both addiction and mental health disorders. This treatment uses individual, group, and family therapies to address mental health problems and substance abuse issues. Counselors who are trained in treating both with be able to provide simultaneous therapies for each health issue as well as explore the ways that the two interact.

Psychopharmacology is also a common treatment used for patients who are dual diagnosed with mental health disorders and addiction. Psychopharmacology uses prescription medications to treat the mental health disorder a person is suffering from but also takes into consideration the substance abuse problem the patient suffers from, meaning they are careful not to prescribe a substance that will cause another addiction.

Behavioral management is also commonly used to treat a person with a dual diagnosis. This treatment technique helps patients to develop coping mechanisms to handle temptations and triggers and avoid relapse. This treatment option includes attending to support group meetings, breathing exercises, continued therapy and counseling, and having a network of people to call when feelings or temptations become overwhelming.

To learn more about dual diagnosis treatment or to find a program for yourself or a loved one, dial (516) 283-5681 to contact the addiction specialists at Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck.

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