Whether you or a loved one are struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorder, we are qualified to be able to help you find recovery.
Dual diagnosis, otherwise known as co-occurring disorders, occurs when a person is struggling with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder (SUD). As of 2020, in the United States 17 million people who are 18 or older struggle with both substance use disorder and any mental illness. 5.7 million adults in the United States struggle with severe mental illness and SUD.
The interaction between a mental health disorder and substance use disorder can cause a worsening of the symptoms in both disorders. The severity of each disorder can change over time and lessen with treatment.
In people with dual diagnosis, the disorders can be independent of one another, but often they impact each other. To get the best results out of treatment, the disorders must be treated at the same time.
At Solace Treatment Center, we are uniquely qualified to treat people with dual diagnosis. We offer treatment services for both mental health conditions as well as substance use disorders. We provide an individualized treatment plan in order to give the best treatment.
The signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis vary greatly based on what mental illness and what substance the person is using. Signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis also depend on how severe the mental illness and substance abuse is.
Common symptoms and signs of SUD include:
Common symptoms and signs of a mental health disorder include:
In order to be properly diagnosed with a mental health disorder, the person should not have drugs or alcohol in their system. Some substances can mimic mental health disorders, and the person could not have these symptoms once they are sober.
Mental health disorders and substance use disorders often have overlapping risk factors. Common risk factors can contribute to both mental illness and substance use or addiction.
For a person struggling with a dual diagnosis of disorders, the risk factors they share include:
Substance use disorders and mental illness are commonly linked together. People with mood disorders are about twice as likely to suffer from addiction. Similarly, people with substance use disorder are two times as likely to suffer from mood disorders.
Mental disorders can contribute to drug use and substance use disorders. People who struggle with a mental health disorder can use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Instead of treating the mental disorder with medication or therapy, the person uses drugs and/or alcohol to treat their mental illness symptoms.
Substance use and addiction can contribute to the development of a mental disorder. Substance use and addiction can trigger mental disorders. SUD can change the way the brain functions and make it more likely for a person to develop a mental disorder.
Substance use can make symptoms of mental illness worse. When a person begins to self-medicate with drugs and/or alcohol, their intention may be to treat their mental health symptoms. However, the addition of substances can actually cause their symptoms to be even worse than before.
To get the best results from treatment, dual diagnosis patients should be treated for both of their disorders at the same time. A program that screens for both substance use disorders and mental health disorders use what is called an integrated treatment approach.
Integrated treatment programs focus on individualized care in order to treat each specific disorder. This program teaches people who struggle with co-occurring disorders to maintain sobriety and reduce their mental health symptoms at the same time. Therapy along with medication management when appropriate helps to treat dual diagnosis.
At Solace Treatment in Whittier, California, we use these treatment modalities:
Solace Treatment Center is an outpatient program that can help people with dual diagnosis. We understand that each individual will have different needs and are prepared to come up with a customized treatment plan.
At Solace Treatment, we treat a wide range of mental health and substance use disorders. In addition to treating substance use disorder, we are also equipped to treat these mental health disorders:
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, please contact our team to find the treatment that best fits your needs.