Integrating treatment from both fields of psychiatry and addiction is the most effective way to treat co-occurring disorders.
A dual diagnosis – otherwise known as a co-occurring disorder – is one of the most specialized and complex areas of addiction treatment. Individuals diagnosed with dual disorders have two hurdles to overcome: (1) their chemical dependence, and (2) their emotional or psychiatric disorders. In addition, those with co-occurring disorders have another problem – the ways in which these two illnesses interact with each other. StepHouse Recovery specializes in treating co-occurring disorders by offering a recovery track that treats both the chemical dependency and the psychological disorder – a personalized, integrated program that treats both simultaneously while combining and balancing the need of both. Our centers rely on the latest therapeutic strategies for co-occurring disorders rehab to give our clients the very best chance of success. Contact one of our addiction specialists to find out how you can begin the process of recovery today.
Aside from battling substance dependencies, a vast majority of addicts are additionally saddled with psychiatric disorders. The dual nature of this affliction still remains largely undiagnosed, untreated, and is largely responsible for the high incidence of relapse.
Not long ago, treatment for addiction was considered wholly separate from mental health care and was provided for at separate facilities using different approaches in a fragmented, haphazard way. This often meant that those who suffered from serious psychological distress–such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder – weren’t receiving the correct treatments for their substance addictions, and those who were going through drug or alcohol rehab programs weren’t getting help for their underlying mental health complications. Unsurprisingly, the rate of treatment success wasn’t very high and resulted in partial recovery – as often the problems of one disorder would undermine the improvement of the other, making relapse inevitable.
The Benefits of Our Co-occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis) Recovery Program
- Integrated Approach: We offer the same level of care and attention to both the addictive disorder and co-occurring illness, addressing both as chronic, relapsing conditions that require long-term support.
- Support & Follow-up for Families: We understand the hardship that comes with watching a loved one suffer through a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. Education and support for the families as well can make all the difference when it comes to dealing with co-occurring disorders.
- Individual Therapy: Therapy for co-occuring disorders can help you build motivation, identify self-defeating thoughts and learn positive new behaviors to reinforce a sense of self-worth while preventing relapses in the future.
- Peer Support: Social withdrawal and feelings of isolation are typical of many of those who have a dual diagnosis. Peer support groups are the integral for showing you that you’re not alone in efforts to secure a healthier, more stable future for yourself.
Nowadays, those who suffer from both conditions are classified as having a co-occuring disorder, or a dual diagnosis. Aside from being affected by double the burden, being dually diagnosed spotlights another issue – the interchange between these two illnesses – which makes teasing the tangled threads apart to make an accurate diagnosis much more difficult. While either on its own can corrode a person’s life, the interaction between a substance addiction and a mental health disorder can cause an even more steady and rapid deterioration, which makes it much more difficult to diagnose and treat than either one alone.
“As many as one in five Americans struggle with mental illness at some point in their lives, and within that group approximately 7 million people also suffer from drug or alcohol addiction as well.”
Due to this complexity, co-occuring disorder care is seen as a unique treatment modality in its own right. By integrating strategies from both psychiatry and addiction sciences, people with a history of both substance abuse and mental disorders can have their multiple needs addressed in a unified, comprehensive manner. As many as one in five Americans struggle with mental illness at some point in their lives, and within that cross-section approximately 7 million people also suffer from drug or alcohol addictions.” Recognizing and treating both of these conditions at the same time can help protect this group from poverty, severe illness, isolation, incarceration and homelessness and other afflictions that often affect those who co-occuring disorders. While either on its own can corrode a person’s life, the interaction between a substance addiction and a mental health disorder can cause an even more steady and rapid deterioration, which makes it much more difficult to diagnose and treat than either one alone.