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Researchers find that more than half of all patients at rehab clinics have a history of mental illness. Named ICOPSD (individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders), these are patients who need both conventional addiction rehabilitation, and psychiatric treatment. Dual diagnosis treatment offers an alternative to traditional rehab programs that includes mental health programs.

No one should have struggle to find help for themselves or someone they love. The experts at Drug Treatment Centers Homestead are happy to assist you at (786) 752-3472.

Linking Mental Illness with Substance Addiction

Researchers have many theories to explain why addiction happens to so many people suffering from mental disorders. The amygdala, which is a small part at the rear of the brain, is responsible for most mood and anxiety disorders. Drugs are known to act on this specific part of the brain, too.

One theory has found widespread acceptance, though — the one that sees their drug use as an attempt at self-healing. Patients who are emotionally distressed turn to the euphoria that drugs provide as an easy, if temporary, way out. This theory is borne out by recent research.

Types of Mental Health Disorders

  • Impulse control disorders and addiction: Alcohol and drugs are commonly found to be a part of the lives of those who suffer from an inability to control their urges and impulses. The lack of self-control can contribute to binging on intoxicants. Patients must learn to redirect their energies and control their impulses more effectively through therapy.
  • Affective disorders: Depression is frequently associated with addiction. Hopelessness, chronic pain, and low energy can cause patients to seek mood-altering substances like alcohol, marijuana, or heroin. It is important to address the source of depression or to properly medicate patients so that they no longer want to self-medicate.
  • Anxiety and addiction: Anxiety disorders and substance abuse often go together — addiction is found among one in five of those with anxiety. This is partly because patients might seek relaxation from drugs or alcohol, and because medications prescribed to treat anxiety are highly addictive themselves.

Dual Diagnosis Treatments

Only a few clinics possess the expertise needed to offer treatment that addresses co-occurring mental disorder and addiction disorder. Most treatment courses begin with an evaluation, where doctors determine the exact nature of the mental disorder present. The use of drug denial and medications follows. Once the patient is successfully detoxified, doctors help them along,

  • Psychotherapy: Talk therapy and medication geared towards treating mental health conditions can allow an addict to cope with their emotions and stress. Depression and anxiety are common in addicted patients, but regular individual and group therapy has been shown to alleviate these conditions.
  • Behavioral management: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Moral Reconation therapy (MRT) are two common choices for behavior management in rehab programs. Both seek to identify triggers and stressors that lead an addict to using and to rewire the brain to seek pleasure in things other than drugs and alcohol.

While the dual diagnosis approach is considered established science, many rehab clinics do not offer specialized treatment for co-occurring disorders. Find a reputable dual diagnosis treatment center by calling Drug Treatment Centers Homestead at (786) 752-3472.

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