What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Many individuals who suffer from drug addiction or alcoholism often have co-occurring mental health disorders. The most common issues that correlate with substance abuse are anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bi-polar disorders.
These issues may be at the root of many addicts & alcoholics problems and be a major contributing factor to substance abuse.
When the term “dual diagnosis” is used to describe a drug and alcohol treatment center, it means that the facility is equipped to treat mental health issues in addition to substance abuse.
Dual diagnosis treatment addresses both the underlying psychiatric issues and the substance abuse disorder and is often necessary to facilitate a successful recovery from addiction or alcoholism.
Dual Diagnosis Program at Amethyst
At Amethyst Recovery Center, we complete a thorough assessment of the individual prior to entering any level of care for treatment.
Occasionally we will find that prior to entering our program, clients may have been improperly medicated for one or more co-occurring disorders. Sometimes this might mean they are over-medicated for issues like anxiety or ADHD and this can encourage substance abuse.
The purpose of our dual diagnosis treatment program is to guide our clients through the recovery process while developing goals for the immediate future following treatment. When necessary, we may refer clients to an outside clinician in their area to continue psychiatric treatment after they have been discharged from our program.