Benefits Provided By Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

Dual diagnosis treatment centers are places where patients can seek treatment for a co-occurring disorder often times a mental illness associated with a drug or alcohol addiction. For a patient to fully recover from a dual diagnosis they will need to seek treatment for both the substance addiction and the mental disorder.

The Journal of American Medical Association reports that dual diagnosis is more common than some may think; fifty-three percent of drug addicts and thirty-seven percent of alcoholics also have some form of mental illness. The same report states that fifty percent of patients with a form of mental illness are also affected by a form of addiction. Identifying, treating and managing the dual diagnosis is the goal for any effective treatment center.

The need to identify someone in need of a dual diagnosis is fairly obvious. Persons suffering from untreated dual diagnosis are subject to a number of severe health issues. Statistics also show that people dealing with co-occurring disorders without treatment are prone to an increased likelihood of violence and emotional outbursts harming relationships with friends, family and co-workers.

The co-occurring mental disorder also makes long term sobriety and relapse prevention a difficult task. This dangerous disorder combination also has a negative effect on society. Almost half of the estimated homeless population currently suffering from a mental illness also has a co-occurring substance abuse issue. Homelessness isn't the only social issue which dual diagnosis factors into; violence, crime and even HIV/AIDS are also times connected to people in need of dual diagnosis treatment.

Once the patient has been identified as a client in need of visiting dual diagnosis centers for both aspects of their disorder can begin. Often times a patient is only diagnosed with either the drug addiction or the mental disorder, which can be futile when it comes to treatment because of the relationship the two shares with each other.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, integrated treatment is the most effective way to treat patients who have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. Integrated treatment involves getting counseling for both the drug addiction and the mental health issue at the same time from mental health professionals working in a coordinated fashion.

Counseling, interventions, outreach and social support are all fundamental building blocks of successful dual diagnosis treatment centers. Prescribed medication from mental health professionals and medication management can also play a role in the long term treatment. Some traditional drug treatment centers may be counterproductive to people with a dual diagnosis because of their confrontational methods which may be damaging to people suffering from mental health problems.

Treatment groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) can also build a foundation for long term sobriety. Regardless of the dual disorders, long term stabilization is the ultimate goal so the patient can return to society as a healthy and productive citizen. If you or a love one would benefit from rehabilitation provided at dual diagnosis treatment centers, don't be afraid to seek out a consultation and get the care you or a friend needs.

Jared K Friedman works for Sovereign Health, one of the best dual diagnosis treatment centers operating today. Mental health, illicit drug addiction, prescription drug treatment, Sovereign Health can provide specialized treatment learn more at


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