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Dual Diagnosis

People struggling with dependency on drugs or alcohol often deal with other disorders or issues that complicate the addiction problem. When a person has both a mental illness and a substance dependency, it is known as a dual diagnosis. Treatment needs to be geared to both concerns simultaneously to achieve the best possible outcome. At Serenity Oaks Wellness Center, we have the expertise and experience to help our dual diagnosis clients attain long-lasting recovery even as they learn healthy ways to manage their mental disorders.

Which Comes First?

A dual diagnosis can occur in one of two ways. Some will develop the mental illness first and use drugs or alcohol to mask the symptoms of the condition. Known as self-medicating, this approach may seem to have positive benefits in the beginning. However, the substance use and abuse will eventually become more of a problem than a solution, trapping the individual in the throes of addiction even while they are struggling with their mental disorder.

Other times, a person may begin abusing drugs or alcohol, which may cause the onset of a mental illness like depression or anxiety over time. The disorder may have also been lying dormant, and the persistent use of the substance exacerbates the symptoms, making the condition more apparent. No matter where you might fall in this cause and effect process, the need to treat both conditions at the same time remains the same.

Common Mental Illnesses in a Dual Diagnosis

There are any number of mental illnesses that might accompany an addiction, but the most common ones are:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

The good news is that no matter what your dual diagnosis might entail, there are practical treatment options to help you manage the symptoms of both conditions to improve your quality of life, minimize symptoms and promote long-lasting sobriety.

Effective Treatment for a Dual Diagnosis

While sobriety is our focus in addiction treatment, we also focus on treating and managing the symptoms of the mental illness with our dual diagnosis clients. This integrative approach might entail a combination of psychotherapies, holistic modalities and medication when appropriate. A team of specialists is required to manage the various aspects of dual diagnosis, and we provide that staff at Serenity Oaks Wellness Center to ensure our clients have all their needs met as they navigate the complicated road of dual diagnosis recovery.

Benefits of Residential Treatment

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a five-week residential program that is quite effective for dual diagnosis clients. By remaining in our facility for those five weeks, you can focus solely on your treatment and recovery process without outside distractions that can get you off track. Through our structured, comprehensive process, we will address every facet of both of your conditions to ensure you have the greatest odds of a successful recovery.

If you are struggling with both a mental illness and a substance addiction, it may feel as if you will never break free from the many chains that appear to be binding you and keeping you from living your life to the fullest. The staff at Serenity Oaks Wellness Center understands the seeming hopelessness that can surround a dual diagnosis, but we have also seen firsthand how the right treatment program can help individuals find hope, freedom and sobriety in their recovery process. To learn more about how we treat a dual diagnosis at Serenity Oaks Wellness Center, give us a call today at 844-720-6847.