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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Ramapo, NJ (732) 453-6646

What is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis (or co-occurring condition) describes the condition of a person suffers from both a substance abuse disorder and a mental illness. Dual diagnosis is a common occurrence that can affect a person’s ability to recover from either. A dual diagnosis is associated with a poorer recovery prognosis than those who are not suffering from co-occurring conditions, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

For dual diagnosis treatment that addresses co-occurring conditions, call Drug Treatment Centers Ramapo. Dial (732) 453-6646 to speak with our qualified addiction specialists.

he Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Connection

If a person has a dual diagnosis, it is important he or she discloses mental health medical history when pursuing inpatient rehabilitation treatment. Drug Treatment Centers Ramapo can then provide services to address both the mental health and substance abuse conditions.

The reason or reasons why a person has co-occurring conditions can vary. For example, some people may use illegal drugs or abuse alcohol as a means to self-medicate feelings of anxiety, hopelessness or depression. However, drugs and alcohol can perpetuate these emotions because they cause great highs, followed by low “lows.” Using drugs and alcohol can also trigger a mental illness.

An estimated one-third of all people with mental illness have a dual diagnosis, according to NAMI.

Mental Health Disorders Commonly Associated with Addiction

Mental health disorders associated with substance abuse problems include:

  • Eating Disorders: Eating disorders include bulimia, anorexia and binge eating. A person may abuse drugs as a means to suppress appetite or drink to avoid feelings of sadness or depression.
  • Depression: Depression causes feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness. A person may abuse drugs to overcome or escape these emotions whenever possible.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): An anxiety disorder that causes a person to enact repetitive behaviors or thoughts. A person may abuse drugs or alcohol to slow or stop these thoughts.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a condition that occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event, such as a military battle or abuse. Those who suffer from PTSD commonly abuse alcohol as a means to escape flashbacks.

How Prevalent is Dual Diagnosis?

An estimated 259,000 people in New Jersey have a mental illness, according to NAMI. However, only 46 percent of adults in the state have received treatment for their mental illness.

What Treatments are Available?

Modern recovery programs use a multi-faceted approach to treat mental illness and a substance abuse disorder.

  • Psychopharmacology: Psychopharmacology is the practice of prescribing medications to help reduce a person’s mental health or withdrawal symptoms. Medications can especially help those who suffer from mental illness because they can help to balance neurotransmitters in the brain to reduce mental illness symptoms.
  • Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy provides an opportunity for a person to share his or her emotions related to substance abuse and/or mental illness. Therapy can help a person identify motivations to remain sober as well as emotions that can cause a person to relapse into “addictive thinking.”
  • Behavioral Management: Behavioral management involves helping a person make a move toward a healthier lifestyle free from drug and alcohol abuse. A person is encouraged to think through past actions and decisions that made him or her more likely to abuse substances.

Continued Treatments for Dual Diagnosis

An important aspect of drug treatment for dual diagnosis is to have an established aftercare program that continues therapy after an outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation experience. Examples of common treatments include 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous; group therapy or continued individualized counseling.

To learn more about dual diagnosis treatment, call Drug Treatment Centers Ramapo. Dial (732) 453-6646 to speak with our professionals now.

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