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Dual Diagnosis

Mental Health Services for Addiction: Dual Diagnosis Treatment 

At Archstone Behavioral Health, we understand that mental health plays a vital role when someone is struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one have suffered from a traumatic experience and/or a mental illness and turn to drugs or alcohol, you are not alone. 

Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. When someone is struggling with a mental illness and addiction, it’s commonly referred to as a dual diagnosis.

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It’s common for people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders to use drugs or alcohol to numb their pain. Many people who are struggling with mental health disorders don’t know how to cope in healthy ways, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to receive mental health services, such as dual diagnosis treatment at an addiction treatment center.

The rising drug use in Florida has been widely reported. Drug-related deaths in Florida are higher than the rest of the nation, and we can assume that many of those who are struggling with addiction throughout the state are most likely in need of mental health services as well. 

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment options in the Florida area, it’s important to be informed and understand what exactly dual diagnosis treatment is.

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment is talked about a lot in the addiction treatment sphere, but what is it exactly? What does dual diagnosis treatment entail, and why is it so important?

These are pretty common questions for people who are seeking addiction and mental health services for themselves or a loved one. It’s important to be informed before making a potentially life changing decision, such as seeking help at an addiction treatment center or mental health clinic, and we’ll answer the most common questions below.

What Dual Diagnosis Treatment Means

Dual diagnosis treatment essentially means treating both the mental illness and addiction in a patient. Cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies are most commonly used for this form of treatment in order to teach the patient healthy coping mechanisms, and to basically rewire their brain to detect negative thoughts and behaviors that can lead to relapse. 

Although depression and anxiety are the most commonly discussed mental illnesses that people struggle with, there are many more out there and all of them can be treated here at Archstone Behavioral Health.  Here are some examples of mental health disorders that can be treated for dual diagnosis treatment:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social phobia
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia

During these therapy sessions, you or a loved one will discuss past traumas, painful incidents that led to their mental illness diagnosis, and why they feel the need to abuse drugs or alcohol. This can be really intense, but it’s essential in order for the patient to fully understand their diagnoses, why their past behaviors were harmful, and most importantly, how they can cope in a healthy way in the future instead of drinking or using drugs.

Why Mental Health Services Are So Important

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When issues such as trauma, depression, and anxiety are left untreated, the risk of relapse increases. If you have co-occurring disorders and you only tackle the substance use disorder, you or a loved one may return home and feel compelled to self-medicate. 

To have a much better chance of long-term recovery, seeking mental health services in the form of dual diagnosis treatment is essential. However, it’s important to realize before going through this form of treatment that it won’t be a quick fix. Detoxing from drugs or alcohol doesn’t take much time, but taking away the psychological addiction to a substance can take years, especially if past trauma and mental illnesses have been left untreated for a long time. 

It’s a long process, but there’s a high reward. Breaking free from addiction and recovering from painful past traumas and mental illness can truly be life changing.

What to Expect When Receiving Mental Health Services

While every patient’s needs are different and dual diagnosis treatment needs may be highly individualized, many mental health services typically include much of the following:

  • Assessment:  Evaluate and screen for conditions using evidence-based questionnaires. This is where our masters level clinicians can decide the best treatment options for you or a loved one.
  • Medical detox: This is the first big step for the patient when they enter rehab. We make sure our patients are under medical supervision so they can detox safely and wean off the physical dependence of drugs or alcohol. Medication can be prescribed to make the withdrawal process easier to maintain and to help you or a loved one be as comfortable as possible.
  • Residential inpatient treatment: You or a loved one will be staying at our facility 24 hours a day for at least 14-28 days to learn how to cope with life without the use of drugs and alcohol in a supervised, highly structured setting. This is when a patient will be receiving mental health services through different forms of therapy to help treat both the addiction and mental illness. We offer a multitude of options for activities and therapy to reduce stress for our patients, including meditation, yoga, massage, exercise routines, group therapy and family therapy. All therapy sessions are aimed to help clients to relieve stress and improve mental and physical health.
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP): The patient will continue to learn the process and structure from inpatient rehab, while transitioning to a more independent environment. They will still be receiving mental health services for a few hours a day throughout the week, but can stay in our sober living environment instead of our facility.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP): This is essentially the same as PHP, but allows the patient to be more independent and attend therapy sessions about 3 hours a day and 3-5 days a week.
  • Outpatient therapy: This program can be the best option for someone who has a less severe addiction and has a healthy support system at home. You or a loved one can detox and attend therapy sessions, but go back home instead of staying at a rehab facility for 24 hours a day.
  • Aftercare: Archstone Behavioral Health will create and review an individualized blueprint for managing the challenges of returning to the community. We’ll keep in touch with you to see how your recovery journey is coming along after treatment ends, and our community of alumni can also serve as a support system to motivate you to stay sober. We understand that relapses are common after treatment ends, but aftercare programs and a healthy support system decreases the chance of relapse and helps our patients achieve long-term recovery.

Where You Can Seek Mental Health Services for Addiction Treatment

Finding a rehab anywhere in the U.S. that can effectively treat you or a loved one can be very difficult, and even more so in Florida. There’s so many options, and only about 20% of these rehabs were accredited by The Joint Commission, a gold seal standard for ethical practices and treatment. Going to a safe and experienced rehab is crucial in order to ensure you or a loved can start their journey to long-term recovery.

Archstone Behavioral Health is here for you or a loved one struggling with mental illness and addiction. We’ve been providing high quality mental health services to those across the country for nearly 20 years, and have a strong group of alumni who can serve as a support system. Our alumni can attest to the fact that we are dedicated to investing in quality care, instead of posh settings like other rehabs in Florida. We also offer a full continuum of care, from detox to outpatient. We’ll be there for you, every step of the way during your recovery journey. 

If you or a loved one are currently struggling with addiction and mental illness, call Archstone Behavioral Health at: (561) 475-4237 to get help today.

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