A woman wonders if she needs dual diagnosis treatment

When choosing addiction services it is important to determine if a facility provides dual diagnosis – a.k.a. co-occurring disorders-treatment The essential idea behind co-occurring disorder treatment is that it focuses on more than just treating the substance use problem. It also addresses any underlying mental health issues that are impacting the addiction. Research on the topic has shown that people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD, just to name a few, are more likely to develop an addiction. The correlation between mental illness and addiction is well established and suffering from both conditions is challenging and extremely common. As substance use increases, the addiction can mask the mental health condition often, creating a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break. 

At New Bridge Foundation®, we believe that treating addiction without simultaneously identifying and treating any underlying mental health issue is far more likely to result in relapse, instead of establishing the long-term recovery that every individual struggling with addiction seeks and deserves.

If you are worried that you or someone you care about is suffering at the hands of addiction and a mental health disorder, contacting New Bridge Foundation® and inquiring about our co-occurring disorder services, maybe the right choice for you.

What Leads to Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

As has been noted, individuals with a mental health diagnosis are more likely to have a substance use problem than the general population. In fact, millions of 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 their 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 more manageable.

Substance use problems occur more frequently with specific 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 be-tween 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 supports individualized treatment planning that addresses both mental health and substance use issues. Experts agree that those suffering from a dual diagnosis or 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 plans
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Co-occurring disorder education and group therapy
  • Consultation with outside providers
  • Medication management
  • Free aftercare for life

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at New Bridge Foundation®

Only a small percentage of Americans with mental health concerns, addiction issues, or both, will get the help they need. There is hope, however, especially for those battling mental health issues, who have long been written off or perceived as not strong-willed enough to stop using substances. 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.