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Mental Health and Addictions

As research shows, those who have mental illness have a higher likelihood of suffering from substance addiction.

Your mental health and addictions together are known as a dual diagnosis.

This combination of ailments is also extremely common.

According to Foundations Recovery Networks 10 Things You Should Know About Treatment, “Some studies indicate that as many as half of those with a drug or alcohol addiction also have some form of mental illness.”

If you think you or a loved one may have a dual diagnosis, read on to learn more and reach out to us for help.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

When individuals suffer from mental health and addictions, they are more likely to develop that addiction to use as a coping mechanism. Also, mental illnesses can change your brain, so you are more prone to addiction. For instance, individuals struggling with bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety are more likely to develop casual or addictive drug use. They can also expect to see their drinking escalate quickly into addiction.

Issues Treated During Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is a holistic exploration treatment. Meaning it can cover any multitude of issues with mental health and addictions. Rarely are two patients suffering from the same combination, so we have trained on treating you as an individual dual diagnosis.

Dual diagnosis can include mental health issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • And more

Take this easy bpd quiz. These diagnoses come coupled with addictions such as

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Drug addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • And other addictions

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

According to Foundations Recovery Networks Dual Diagnosis Treatment, “Dual Diagnosis treatment is a relatively new innovation in the field of addiction recovery. Until the 1990s, people who were experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder — anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, delusional behavior or mood swings — were treated separately from those who sought help for drug or alcohol abuse.”

Dual diagnoses can be difficult to treat. It’s difficult for professionals to gauge where your symptoms are coming from immediately, making your addiction equally challenging to combat.

That is unless you can get a proper diagnosis and remain compliant with the treatment that professionals have offered you. Many treatment facilities are still learning how to effectively treat dual diagnosis patients due to a lack of research on the matter and the longer treatment time it requires.

At Resurgence, we have become well-versed on the subject, however, and are here to discuss our approach to dual diagnosis.

Positive Effects of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Having more attentive care towards an individual in treatment has its benefits. Also, treating your addiction with your mental illness can help alleviate mental health issues such as “extreme mood changes, confused thinking or problems concentrating, avoiding friends and social activities and thoughts of suicide” (National Alliance on Mental Healths Substance Use Disorders).

We also use our treatment of your mental illness to let us gain more information to combat your addiction. Treating those ailments and remaining attentive to your psychological needs simultaneously is a giant step in the right direction while treating your addiction.

If we treated one problem without treating the other, the untreated ailment could worsen the effects of the other. This could make treatment nearly impossible. We treat everything at one, even issues that one may not know attributes to their addiction and mental illness.

Our facility has taken a holistic approach to your dual diagnosis treatment by treating you as an individual, not just a statistic.

Results of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Participants of dual diagnosis programs have noted a number of positive effects on their sobriety. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Building healthier habits
  • Decreased likelihood of relapse
  • A better understanding of triggers

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Resurgence Behavioral Health

At Resurgence Behavioral Health in California, we understand the difficulty of beating an addiction while battling a mental illness. We offer alcohol rehab, drug rehab, and both to treat any substance abuse.

We are here to ensure you will beat any addictions you come in with. To do that, we offer detox programs, rehabilitation programs, and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) post-recovery. We also have a variety of counseling options to treat any mental illness alongside your addictions, including our dual diagnosis program.

Read on to learn more about our treatment options.

Inpatient and Outpatient Programs

We understand that you may have to approach recovery differently if you also have a mental illness. Our outpatient drug and alcohol treatment are alternative options for those who cannot attend our residential program.

It is ideal for employed people and cannot leave their jobs or those who cannot leave their families. It is also a more affordable option. Each inpatient facility provides close supervision by highly trained staff, 24-hour medical care, individual and group therapy sessions, healthy meal options, and a relaxing environment.

Our Approach to Rehabilitation

We take a customized, patient-centric approach to rehabilitation. We understand dual diagnosis needs special attention. If you come to us for help with a dual diagnosis, we will begin by completing an assessment to devise a plan for your full recovery.

Our treatment programs address all the underlying conditions for addiction to allow you to take ownership of your recovery. Our customized approach, coupled with our staff of highly motivated and well-trained professionals, ensure that you or your loved one will receive excellent care during and after treatment.

Some of the rehabilitation treatments we offer include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT
  • Stress Management
  • Group Therapy
  • Medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings

Intensive Outpatient Program

If you complete recovery with us in an inpatient or outpatient setting or if you are trying to manage dual diagnosis recovery, please check out our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Managing recovery while managing mental health after rehab can be especially difficult. In IOP, you will have the flexibility to maintain much of your normal daily routine while working on maintaining sobriety.

IOP is a good treatment option if you do not have the means to leave your job or if you have to stay home for any other reason. You will receive support from therapy groups and gain the ability to apply the skills you learned during treatment, all while maintaining your normal lifestyle.

Resurgence Payment and Insurance

We firmly believe that every patient should receive the best care possible to treat your addiction. And this means not having to worry about the cost, especially while carrying out a dual diagnosis treatment plan.

At Resurgence, we will build your treatment plan at an affordable cost while still providing the best care possible. For our services, we accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment.

We will also communicate with your insurance provider on your behalf to ensure that you or your loved one is provided with a custom recovery program for your situation without the high cost.

How to Get Help

We are here to help and support you through finding your truest self while leaving your most destructive self behind.

We understand what it takes to get you through your addiction and the emotional and psychological support you’ll need from us to become your best self.

Contact us today with questions or concerns.