A Summit Behavioral Health, our recovery specialists are well equipped to address addictions stemming from emotional and psychiatric disorders. Mental disorders may lead patients to self medicate through drug and alcohol abuse in an effort to subdue feelings associated with the disorder. Psychologists generally define these types of cases as dual diagnosis. In order to effectively address the substance dependency, the underlying disorder must be tackled.
Identifying Dual Diagnosis
Before an addiction can be properly treated, it must be assessed to determine whether a dual diagnosis is apparent. Whether the root of the issue is the dependency or mental disorder does not matter. In some cases, patients are found to create emotional/mental disorders through their dependency issues. Other times, it is the opposite. The real issue is finding out which illnesses exist in order to determine an appropriate plan of action.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs
Our rehabilitation facility offers mental health treatment programs to dual diagnosis patients in a manner similar to most other rehab facilities. However, in addition to dependency issues, Summit Behavioral Health works to address emotional, mental and psychiatric disorders as well. Treating dependency alongside underlying disorders works ensure a full and successful recovery while minimizing relapse risks.
Addiction Education in Treatment
One of the keys to our mental health and drug addiction program is addiction education. Patients at Summit Behavioral Health learn how drugs and alcohol interact with the human body while gaining a better understanding of their specific mental illness. By knowing how these two disorders interact, patients become better able to address their treatment in a more focused and effective manner.
Looking for a Quick Rehab Fix?
There isn’t one and there shouldn’t be. Long-term, successful addiction recovery doesn’t work that way. Our drug and alcohol treatment program is but one of the many steps on the road to recovery. Success is based solely on the determination and commitment of the individual patient. The faster patients grow, heal, and learn during their treatment, the quicker the process.
Overcoming Denial in Addiction
Addiction is never an end goal. As such, most people suffering from alcohol or drug dependency are found in a state of denial. Combine this denial with an emotional or mental health issue, and the severity of the situation is often overlooked. In many cases, it is at the persistence of friends and family that addicts are able to finally come to grips with the reality of their predicament. In the end, it is up to the individual in question to determine the outcome.