When individuals find themselves struggling with both a mental health condition and a substance abuse disorder, they are suffering from what addiction treatment professionals call co-occurring disorders. Sometimes the mental health disorder is an effect of the substance addiction, while other times substances are used as a coping mechanism for the mental health condition. No matter which condition came first, it is crucial for individuals to enter a dual diagnosis treatment program that treats both simultaneously.

If only one condition is addressed, the individual stands at a much higher risk for relapse and risks worsening their current symptoms. At our addiction and mental health treatment center, patients will find the treatment they need for both their mental health and substance use disorders with our dual diagnosis treatment program.

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Co-occurring disorders that require dual diagnosis treatment can be challenging to treat. Without properly treating both conditions at the same time, individuals will discover that each condition will worsen the symptoms of the other. It creates a vicious cycle making it extremely difficult to heal. But, if patients get a proper, full diagnosis and enter our dual diagnosis treatment program, they have the chance to fully recover.

A dual diagnosis treatment program can address numerous mental health issues, such as:

  • Depression: A common mental health issue, depression is very treatable. It is frequently both a cause of substance abuse and a result of it.
  • Anxiety: There are numerous anxiety disorders making it second only to depression in terms of commonality. Substance abuse is especially dangerous for those with anxiety as it tends to give temporary relief from the symptoms of anxiety, mistakenly allowing individuals to believe they are treating it. Unfortunately, as individuals use substances more and more to cope, they increase their risk of addiction while also making their anxiety far worse.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, this condition can result in intense and uncontrollable episodes of both depression and mania. Individuals abuse substances believing it will reduce the severity or frequency of these episodes. However, this is not the case, and the substances only increase the severity of the bipolar disorder.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD is a stress and anxiety condition that can develop due to an intensely stressful and possibly life-threatening experiences, such as natural disasters, violent crimes, vehicle accidents, long-term bullying, or military conflict. PTSD also arises as a result of emotional, mental, physical, or sexual abuse. Drugs or alcohol are used by individuals dealing with this trauma to relieve symptoms, but, again, this only worsens the condition.

Some other mental health issues that can be treated in our dual diagnosis treatment program include attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Our Addiction Treatment Program

It takes an experienced staff of addiction professionals and behavioral health experts to identify and treat co-occurring conditions properly. This begins with the identification of any mental health issues a patient may have as they are getting treatment for their substance use disorder. Whether alcohol or drug abuse, we offer a range of addiction treatment programs, such as:

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program in the Phoenix Metro Area

The first thing we will do when you arrive at our comfortable and professional facility is answer your questions and address your concerns. Our goal is to get you or your loved one on the path to recovery. We know. We care.

No matter the substance abused or the mental health issue a patient may be struggling with, we can help. Patients can learn more about what are co-occurring disorders as they get the treatment they need to heal and recover. We offer a variety of counseling and addiction treatment therapies, including:

Our therapies and programs combine to give patients the comprehensive care needed to make a lasting recovery. Contact us today at 855.920.1104 to learn more.