Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Caring and Personalized Addiction & Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many people who arrive at Ascensions for treatment have a co-existing disorder, also referred to as "having a dual diagnosis." It’s common for people with a mood or behavioral disorder to use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate symptoms of their disorder.

Our multidisciplinary treatment team specializes in working with clients with co-occurring disorders such as

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma (including PTSD)

In order for an individual to thrive in recovery, his or her mental health needs must be addressed as well as the substance abuse disorder. By taking a holistic approach to treating each individual, we help chart a path toward not only sobriety, but also healing and contentment. Our goal during treatment is to process past events and then manage the symptoms of any co-occurring diagnosis. We work with our clients to develop tools to not only survive, but also thrive in recovery.

If you have a mood or behavioral disorder and you’re discouraged about seeking treatment for a chemical dependency, it’s important to know that recovery is possible and is happening for thousands in treatment every day.

You can learn to manage life without the use of alcohol or drugs and find serenity by learning about depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or PTSD and then learning the tools we use to manage the symptoms. The first step is asking for help. Our caring, supportive staff can work with you to help you learn new approaches to the challenges you face. You deserve the serenity of a life without the pain and shame of addiction.

Medically Managed Detox and Access to a Consulting Psychiatrist

When a person enters our detox, they may be experiencing the symptoms of disorders like anxiety, depression, or PTSD even though they might not have been clinically diagnosed with these and very well may never be. Sometimes excessive drug or alcohol use causes symptoms of these disorders to appear. It’s even possible that the process of detoxification might exacerbate some of these symptoms, as the body processes the purging of the drugs from the system.

This is why we are constantly assessing our clients’ mental health and adapting a treatment plan to their individual needs. Mental health screening is a vital part of developing a treatment approach. A mental health assessment is important when a person enters detox and throughout their time in our treatment center.

Our consulting psychiatrist will typically meet with dual diagnosis clients periodically to check on their progress, learn about any new symptoms and even update a prescription for medication to allay the effects off the diagnosis, if needed.

Addressing and treating co-occurring disorders is an integral part of our addiction and dual diagnosis treatment programs. We work to help each individual find their strength and learn to use new tools for positive change.

Why are Addictions so Frequently Accompanied by a Dual Diagnosis?

Many people who suffer from mental health issues felt the symptoms of their disorder before they started taking drugs or drinking. It’s very common for those with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression to experiment with substances to relieve their symptoms.

This drug and alcohol use can become a compulsive behavior and tolerance can develop, leaving the individual struggling in a progressive and destructive cycle. Sometimes drugs can also cause changes to a person’s personality and exacerbate certain aspects of their mental disorder.

Addiction is commonly accompanied by drug-seeking behavior, withdrawal from friends and family and favorite activities, and physical symptoms such as lack of sleep and lost appetite.

In some cases, alcohol or drug addiction is a primary disorder. This means that the addiction came first, before the mental health disorder. A person whose drug and alcohol use has become severe may develop symptoms of a psychiatric disorder.

Depending on the person and the drug, they may experience:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Fits of rage
  • Hallucinations

Some of these symptoms and behaviors may dissipate when a drug is out of a person’s system, which is why it is so important to monitor mental health symptoms during and after detoxification.

A Holistic Treatment Approach to Dual Diagnosis

At Ascension, we’re uniquely trained to work with those who suffer from mental health disorders alongside their addiction. Collectively, we have decades of experience working to help dual diagnosed individuals carve a path to recovery and learn life-changing tools and behaviors. Our goal is to help clients learn to live life without the use of drugs and find fulfillment and value in everyday living.

We work with clients in a supportive, intimate environment to help them tackle some of the most difficult aspects of their mental health challenges. In some cases medication is necessary to help dual diagnosed clients find relief from symptoms of their mental disorder.

Therapy is also an important part of recovery, especially for those with dual-diagnosis. By treating mental health issues and addiction at the same time, clients with co-occurring disorders learn to identify with their peers, sharing and learning new tools to address their unique relapse.

How Do I or My Loved One Get Started with Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment?

If you’re interested in getting help for you or someone you care about, and you’re worried about the challenges of a co-occurring mental health issue, you’re not alone. There’s never been a better time to get help for substance abuse and start your journey toward serenity.

Our expert staff is here to help form a comprehensive treatment plan to meet your needs. Our inclusive, caring team and therapeutic environment will help prepare you for life in recovery and give you tools that will be instrumental to your success. We have helped many people with co-occurring disorders achieve long-term abstinence and learn new tools to thrive in recovery.

If you’re seeking help for a mental health disorder, and you think you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, get in touch. Reaching out is the first step to healing and recovery. We’ve helped many people start the path to recovery, serenity and a fulfilling life. The first step is reaching out and getting the help you deserve!

Please give us a call at 877-597-5700. It’s 100% confidential and we’re happy to help you with any questions.

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