Overcoming Addiction Is One of Life’s Most Difficult Challenges.
If you’re beginning a path to recovery, you know the process of overcoming substance dependency is complex and demanding. However, getting treatment is often a process that is further complicated by additional mental or physical health conditions. In fact, for many people, substance abuse and dependency can act as mere symptoms of underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more.
If this describes you, it’s crucial to seek Dual Diagnosis Treatment.
What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual Diagnosis refers to the presence of two or more co-occurring disorders. Regarding addiction treatment, this means that you may be struggling with an underlying mental health condition in addition to substance dependency – often, dependency emerges later as a response to these mental health conditions. Dual Diagnosis Treatment stems from our awareness that treating one or the other is often ineffective and can even be dangerous.
At Illuminate Recovery, we treat the individual as a whole with consideration to both substance dependency and any other underlying mental health conditions. For many people, mental health symptoms are alleviated with attention to substance abuse; for others, medications and therapy may be necessary to continue treating mental health conditions. We’ll create an individualized care plan for you that treats all conditions simultaneously and addresses all of the above factors.
Common Mental Health Conditions Leading to Dual Diagnosis Treatment
When mental health conditions occur, many people engage in behavior that can eventually lead to forming a substance dependency. For example, some use substances as an escape from the effects of mental health conditions, while others use substances as a coping mechanism to deal with feelings or situations related to a trauma. When these behaviors persist over an extended period of time, substance dependence can occur.
Characterized by shifts in mood from high to low and back again, Bipolar disorder is a common dual diagnosis. In fact, nearly 60% of those experiencing Bipolar disorder will also experience substance abuse disorder.
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
As a condition tightly linked to feelings of unworthiness, eating disorders often lead to anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. As a result, up to half of those experiencing eating disorders also experience substance abuse and dependency and nearly 35% of people seeking substance dependency treatment have eating disorders.
Integrated Mental Health and Substance Dependency Recovery
For those with a dual diagnosis, simply treating substance dependency is not enough. Often, drugs or alcohol are masking other mental health issues. Identifying the underlying causes of the substance dependency and creating a care plan focused on improving the condition of your mental health is key to long-term recovery. Once Illuminate Recovery begins to treat your body and the mind, we can incorporate the right therapies to address substance abuse and mental health concerns.
Integrated treatments, such as the progressive medication assisted treatment offered here at Illuminate Recovery, have been proven to have the best outcomes for those with co-occurring disorders.
While in Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Scottsdale, you will have access to:
- Psychiatric and Professional Medical Evaluations
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness Practice
- Stress and Anger Management Classes
- Life Skills Training
- 12 Step Therapy
While in Illuminate Recovery’s Partial Hospitalization or Outpatient Program, clients live in gender specific Sober Living Houses with a gym membership and transportation to our clinical offices.
Co-occurring Disorders Treated with the Full Continuum of Care
At Illuminate Recovery, we recognize the importance of getting the full continuum of care with one team and at one facility. This prevents medication interaction, clarifies the treatment plan, and helps ensure another physician doesn’t write you a prescription for a medication that will exacerbate your condition. Better yet, we have a great medical team for Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Scottsdale that will work together with you from the start of your program to discharge planning, giving you the best chance possible at long-term sobriety.