Dual Diagnostic Program

A dual diagnosis, also known as an accompanying disorder, refers to a person with more than one medical disorder, or this may be an addiction to more than one substance or an addict who has one or more mental disorders.

Dual diagnoses also refer to those individuals who suffer from substance addiction and at the same time have an underlying disease such as AIDS.

Dual Diagnostic Treatment Programs at Future Center

Determining a substance use disorder can be easy if you know the person is using a drug. For example, if a person uses heroin and suffers from an addiction, it is very easy to determine that the person has a heroin use disorder. How did they get there? This takes a closer look but the problem base should seem very clear. There are many different factors in life that contribute to addiction, and sometimes a person's social life can play a role, or sometimes it can be genetic. Studies show that psychological factors can play a role in addiction as well. One of the biggest problems that can come with substance use disorder is when it is combined with a mental health disorder; This event is known as a double diagnosis

What are substance use disorders and mental disorders?

Substance use disorders are fairly common, and most are treatable. According to the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Substance use disorders occur when repeated use of alcohol and/or medications causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. ” A mental disorder is generally defined as a condition that affects a person's mood, thinking, or behavior. The cause of mental disorders can vary and “your genes and family history may play a role. Your life experiences, such as stress or a history of abuse, may also be important. Biological factors can also be part of the cause. A traumatic brain injury can lead to a mental disorder. Mother's exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals during pregnancy may play a role

Definition of dual diagnosis

As mentioned earlier, “A person with a dual diagnosis has both a mental disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. These conditions occur together frequently. In particular, alcohol and drug problems tend to cause depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. This condition is also known as comorbidity disorder and comorbidity. The term "comorbidity" describes two or more disorders or diseases that occur in the same person. Dual diagnosis vs. co-occurring disorders Comorbid disorders and dual diagnosis are the same thing and conditions that were once referred to as dual diagnosis are now called comorbid disorders. In either of these two cases, the patient must be taken care of in an integrated manner

What is the purpose of dual diagnosis treatment?

People with co-occurring disorders are best served by integrated therapy... Practitioners can treat psychiatric and substance use disorders at the same time, often reducing costs and creating better outcomes” (SAMHSA). All of the above treatment methods serve a common purpose - to help a person recover, but they can also help: • Reduce the use of materials. • Improvement of psychological symptoms and performance. • Decreased hospitalization. • Increasing the stability of housing. • Fewer arrests. • Improving the quality of life

Integrated treatment programs for dual diagnosis

In order to treat a double diagnosis, each case must be taken care of. So if a person has antisocial personality disorder and alcohol use disorder but continues to drink every night during treatment for personality disorder, this treatment will seem ineffective, right? The main goal of the Dual Diagnostic Therapy Program is to treat all disorders that a person may have, and although quitting medications will not be easy, it will be absolutely essential for the treatment to work. The same is true for any dual diagnosis; The same goes for any mental health disorder as well. If a person is to allow their therapist into their lives to help them, they must stop using drugs or alcohol while receiving treatment. At Future Center, we understand that every patient is different and that treatment for co-occurring disorders needs to be tailored to their individual needs. Some of the different treatment programs we offer to fix a patient's dual diagnosis include:
•detoxification. • Individual and group counseling sessions. • Therapy with the help of medicines. • Also cognitive behavioral therapy. • Dialectical behavior therapy. • Emergency management. • Evidence-based therapy. • Also integrated treatment. • Outdoor therapy and recreation. • Vigilance and stress management. • Relapse prevention and aftercare support. • Other support services

Substance use disorder or mental health disorder - which comes first?

While the person is not paying attention, he hits his head, and later gets a throbbing headache. Now if getting a throbbing headache is out of character for that person, we can easily assume it happened from hitting their heads. It can be difficult to understand the reason for a double diagnosis, because sometimes a substance use disorder comes first, while a mental disorder comes first. A person with a mental disorder may deal with their symptoms by taking drugs, resulting in a substance use disorder. In the other case, a person's drug or alcohol abuse can lead to serious emotional and mental problems; Which leads to mental disorder. “People with mental health disorders are more likely than people without mental health disorders to experience alcohol or drug use disorder. Co-occurring disorders can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of symptoms, as both may vary in severity. In many cases, people receive treatment for one disorder while the other disorder remains untreated” (SAMHSA).

Types of dual diagnosis

Dual diagnoses and concurrent disorders come in many different variations and professionals continue to learn more about them. Determining which condition came first is not the main point of treatment, it is precisely what the disorders are and then treats them. Some of the possible dual diagnosis combinations are: • Antisocial personality disorder and alcohol use disorder. • Anxiety disorder and cocaine addiction. • Depression and heroin addiction. • Post-traumatic stress disorder and opiate addiction. • Addiction of schizophrenia and marijuana. • Obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance use disorder. Bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Antisocial personality disorder and alcohol use disorder treatment

Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a disregard for the feelings and rights of others. It is also common to use manipulation to exploit and harm others. A person with alcohol use disorder or alcoholism may not care about anyone else and often does or says harmful things to the people they care about. We make a point of decriminalizing our patients to avoid further complications such as resentment, compulsion to drink and complexities about their behaviour. Treatment for alcohol use disorders must begin with detoxification to get the drug out of the system. After detoxing, CBT and DBT can get to the root of the problem and help the patient know that what they are doing is hurting others. A person should go to treatment for as long as they are able. Studies show that treatment for less than 90 days is more likely to end in relapse and further drug use

Treating anxiety disorder and cocaine addiction

Anxiety disorder is characterized by living in a state of panic or fear of impending death. There are a few different medications that can cause anxiety, and most of them are stimulants such as caffeine or cocaine. A person suffering from cocaine addiction constantly pushes his heart to the limit. This can not only cause serious physical health problems but also mental health problems. Panic attacks can be a recurring problem for someone who uses cocaine regularly. After the necessary detoxification, some of the different treatments that are used to help a person stop using cocaine (or methamphetamine), which in turn can help with common anxiety disorder: • Cognitive behavioral therapy. • Emergency management or incentives – providing rewards for patients who remain free of substances. • Therapeutic Communities - drug-free housing where people recovering from substance use disorders help each other understand and change their behaviors.

Treating depression and heroin addiction

Heroin is not the only drug that can trigger a depressive disorder but because its symptoms are closely related, the two often go hand in hand – like heroin, methamphetamine addiction is also known to lead to depression and anxiety. Heroin addiction disrupts a person's mental process and can lead a person to have suicidal thoughts and dangerous shifts in moods and behaviors. It is important and vital to identify depressive disorder and heroin addiction in the early stages of treatment. As mentioned before, for a treatment program to be successful, it must treat all disorders and rehabilitation therapy shorter than 90 days is considered less effective. Although any treatment is better than no treatment. After detoxification, some of the methods used to treat a person suffering from heroin addiction and depressive disorder are: • Motivational interviews. • Group therapy. • Individual therapy. • Also dialectical behavior therapy. • Cognitive behavioral therapy. • Emergency management. • Family and peer support. • Treatment with medication (Suboxone, Zubsolv or antidepressants).

Treating anxiety disorder and cocaine addiction

Anxiety disorder is characterized by living in a state of panic or fear of impending death. There are a few different medications that can cause anxiety, and most of them are stimulants such as caffeine or cocaine. A person suffering from cocaine addiction constantly pushes his heart to the limit. This can not only cause serious physical health problems but also mental health problems. Panic attacks can be a recurring problem for someone who uses cocaine regularly. After the necessary detoxification, some of the different treatments that are used to help a person stop using cocaine (or methamphetamine), which in turn can help with common anxiety disorder: • Cognitive behavioral therapy. • Emergency management or incentives – providing rewards for patients who remain free of substances. • Therapeutic Communities - drug-free housing where people recovering from substance use disorders help each other understand and change their behaviors.

Treating post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction

Opioid addiction often occurs after a trauma — for example, if a person is injured in a car accident and put on an opioid painkiller, they may become addicted to the drug. This is an area where determining the cause of addiction should not be difficult. PTSD symptoms can be very difficult to deal with and can include nightmares about the traumatic event in question, with flashbacks and other terrifying memories that can make normal life more difficult to deal with. Some people turn to opioids and other prescription medications (such as benzodiazepines or other sedatives). This coping method can be dangerous and quickly addictive, because once a person's mind becomes dependent on the drug, they will find it difficult to quit on their own. Even undoing a prescription can lead to unwanted withdrawals. The experienced professionals at Future Center can help with each of these disorders. Sometimes along with detoxification, a patient will need to put in place a medication regimen to be able to manage withdrawal symptoms. Although opioid addiction treatment can be challenging and emotionally exhausting, it will also be essential to wellness. This can include reviewing the trauma with a therapist, as well as treating addiction in ways similar to heroin addiction

Treating schizophrenia and marijuana use disorder

Marijuana has recently been returned to the drawing board for other medicinal uses, but it is also believed to be a major contributor to schizophrenia disorders. Some might argue that the benefits of cannabis outweigh the negative effects, but any drug that results in a mental disorder such as schizophrenia should be reconsidered or used with extreme caution. “Several studies have linked marijuana use to an increased risk of mental disorders, including psychosis (schizophrenia), depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, but it is not always easy to determine if and to what extent it causes these conditions.” (National Institute on Drug Abuse - Nida. First thing's first, when addressing the dual diagnoses of schizophrenia and marijuana use disorder, a person must stop using marijuana if they want to recover. Continued drug use will make it difficult for therapists and other professionals to identify the cause of the patient's disorder and thus resolve it. Some of the short- and long-term effects of marijuana can be: • Poor short-term memory. • Also weak attention, judgment and other cognitive functions. • Poor coordination and balance. • Increased heart rate. • Anxiety and paranoia. • psychosis (uncommon). • Poor learning and coordination. • Sleep problems. Various genetic and social factors also play a role in a person's likelihood of developing a mental disorder along with marijuana dependence. Studies show that the age at which a person starts using cannabis can also make a difference. Some of the therapies used are motivational stimuli and interviews, as well as therapies such as dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy

Treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and substance use disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety, so it should be treated with the same care and attention as anxiety disorders. A person with OCD may do a lot of things that seem strange to others, but it is important to remember that mental disorders are not funny and people may have a traumatic history that has led them there – what they need is care and understanding. Treatment programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy are useful for treating someone dealing with OCD, because they help the patient go deeper and see the root of the problem behavior. Like many dual diagnoses, it is uncertain which comes first with OCD and substance use disorder.

Treatment of bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression, in which a person has dangerous mood swings. These moods and energy shifts are known as manic episodes. A person with bipolar disorder may seem happy and energized for one minute, then appear irritable and tired the next day. Like substance use disorders, bipolar disorders can alter a person's social life, career direction and motivation. Patients may have suicidal thoughts or feelings of apathy and apathy. It is important to seek professional help for bipolar disorder and not attempt to self-diagnose or self-medicate. A person with a dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and substance use disorder may develop major depression, at which point professionals may need to use medication to treat them properly. Individual and group therapy can also help.

How many people have a double diagnosis

“Approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014” (SAMHSA) People with substance use disorder are more likely to have a mental health disorder along with it. The same is true for mental health disorders — “About 45% of Americans who seek treatment for substance use disorder have been diagnosed as having both a mental and substance use disorder.”

At the Future Center - how do you receive treatment?

At Future Center we understand that addiction is an illness that can contribute to or result from other mental disorders. As with all comorbid disorders, it is important to remember that patients are seriously ill and take time to improve. Each should be treated as an individual, and just because something works for someone, doesn't mean it will work for someone else. Our trained professionals can help a person return to normal life and give them the gentle support and care they need. Although recovery isn't easy, we can make it simple and fun. With outdoor therapy and relaxation, the Future Center can be the perfect start to your recovery journey. Contact us to speak to a healthcare professional about a dual diagnosis and to discuss your treatment options. The journey of recovery begins at the Future Center

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