A dual diagnosis received by someone who suffers from both an alcohol or drug addiction as well as a psychological disorder. The most sustainable recovery for a patient dealing with this type of condition will come from a dual diagnosis treatment plan that ensures both pieces of the disorder are effectively managed.
While dual diagnosis treatment centers in California are becoming more prevalent, in the past, substance abuse and psychological disorders were treated as separate entities, at different facilities, utilizing vastly different techniques. Now, as California rehab centers begin to modernize their techniques, we are seeing much more effective dual diagnosis treatment for these co-occurring disorders at centers like Ocean Hills.
About Dual Diagnosis
According to a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association:
“37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness” Of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29% abuse either alcohol or drugs.”
These statistics are alarming as we realize that those with life altering disorders tend to self medicate with drugs or alcohol. However, unlike Ocean Hills, there are still rehabilitation facilities in southern California do not treat disorders with a dual diagnosis treatment plan to address this problem.
The most prevalent disorders that are co-occurring are depressive disorders, panic disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, and phobias. Other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and personality disorders are also commonly diagnosed with substance abuse.
Approaches to Dual Diagnosis Treatment
It is important that those dealing with a dual diagnosis are involved in a well-rounded program that provides structured, supervised support as they progress through rehabilitation. This should include residential or outpatient treatment, individual therapy, medication therapy, peer support groups, education and counseling for families, and even holistic therapies. With a holistic approach, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage, equine-assisted therapy and yoga can also play an effective role in rehabilitation plans for co-occurring disorders.
Ongoing Support After Rehab
Once a rehabilitation program for dual diagnosis has been completed, an ongoing support system is just as crucial as the integrated program. Access to counselors, support groups and other recovery resources such as the Ocean Hills 12 Step Recovery Program, are important in assisting the transition back into society and daily life.
Adjusting and evolving as time moves forward can be stressful for someone with a co-occurring diagnosis, but resources like transitional housing should be utilized to help minimize their chance of a relapse.
If you or someone you love is in need of dual diagnosis treatment in California, please contact us today. We specialize in the care you’re looking for, using the latest strategies in dual diagnosis treatment.share