A woman wonders if she needs dual diagnosis treatmentWhen choosing addiction services, it’s important to determine if a facility provides dual diagnosis treatment a.k.a. co-occurring disorders. Mental illness is a leading cause of addiction and relapse, and suffering from both conditions is extremely difficult and challenging. However, going to a facility that treats both mental illness and addiction increases the chances of long-term recovery.

What Leads to Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Individuals with a mental health diagnosis are more likely to have a substance use problem than the general population. In fact, 8.1 million adults in America suffer from both mental illness and substance abuse. Although some people turn to alcohol or drugs for self-medication, research indicates that substances only make the mental health conditions worse.

Additionally, substances like alcohol or opiates may alter brain chemistry, which can lead to anxiety or depression. By considering dual diagnosis treatment, staying on track to sobriety becomes much easier.

Substance use problems occur more frequently with certain mental health problems including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety including PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal Ideation

Mental Health Treatment at a Facility Offering Co-occurring Disorders Services

Someone with a mental health problem and substance use disorder should treat both issues simultaneously with integrated treatment. Integrated treatment, which includes collaboration between disciplines (such as psychiatrists, doctors, therapists, and certified addiction counselors) is what is recommended by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Additionally, SAMSHA recommends individualized treatment planning that addresses both the mental health and substance use issues. Experts agree that those suffering from a dual diagnosis also known as a co-occurring disorder should be treated by providers who specialize in treating both mental health and substance use issues.

At New Bridge Foundation, individuals have access to various treatment modalities and a specialized program to assist with dual diagnosis issues including, but not limited to:

  • Individual counseling
  • Individualized mental health treatment plan
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Co-occurring disorder education and group
  • Consultation with outside providers
  • Medication management
  • Free aftercare for life

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at New Bridge Foundation

New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley, California is here to help individuals discover how to manage their dual diagnosis and find healthy ways to cope. During short-term residential rehab (Helios) and our other addiction treatment programs, our friendly, tight-knit staff of qualified professionals provide comfort and support as individuals develop the necessary tools to positively transform their lives. Begin the journey by calling 866-772-8491.