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Dual Diagnosis in New Port Richey (727) 378-0740

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the existence of a collective condition in which two co-occurring conditions exist simultaneously, with one being an addiction to a controlled substance, and the other being a mental disorder. To qualify as a dual diagnosis, the mental disorder has to be one as defined in the Diagnostics Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders.

Some of the most common mental disorders that are associated with dual diagnosis include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders, among others. If you or a loved one are suffering from symptoms related to any of these mental illnesses, as well as a substance dependence, get help from Drug Treatment Centers New Port Richey. Call (727) 378-0740 today and speak to someone who can answer your questions about treatment.

There was a time in which an individual who was suffering with a dual diagnosis could go undiagnosed and untreated. This was primarily the result of a wide rift that existed between drug addiction treatment and the treatment of mental disorders. In fact, as recently as the 1990s the mental health care community mandated that individuals who suffered with co-occurring conditions, treat their addiction before they could be treated for their mental illness.

A New Era

That rift that once existed between the mental health community and the drug addiction treatment community has been substantially narrowed. This shift in the approach to treatment of co-occurring conditions is largely due to the rapidly expanding scientific data that is producing evidence that suggests that there is a direct correlation between mental illness and drug dependence.

Now dual diagnosis patients are having both of their conditions treated as a part of a continuum, instead of attempting to have them treated separately. These new treatments take into consideration the relationship between the two disorders and the manner in which they impact one another.

At Drug Treatment Centers New Port Richey, our drug treatment clinicians working hand-in-hand with mental health care professionals to implement treatment plans that incorporate the most successful aspects of substance abuse treatment with the most efficacious mental health programs.

Effective Treatment that Produces Results

The treatment for co-occurring conditions is designed to be comprehensive enough to engage the special needs associated with such a complex disorder. In order to increase the chances of achieving success in the treatment of dual diagnosis, there are certain components that have to be present, including:

  • Parallel treatment of both, the mental disorder and the drug addiction, giving consideration to the relationship between the existing conditions and the manner in which they will impact one another.
  • The use of an inclusive treatment strategy that involves the parents, spouse, children and other close loved ones of the individual.
  • The use of psychotherapeutic medications, such as anti-anxiety MEDs and antidepressants to treat the co-existing disorders.
  • Using a supportive approach to therapy that is built around providing positive and uplifting feedback that is designed to build the self-esteem and self-confidence of the individual.

After decades of receiving substandard results from the sequential treatment model that was being used, this integrated approach to treating dual diagnosis is showing great promise. As more data is compiled and more is learned about dual diagnosis, we are better able to formulate treatment plans that are even more effective. If you would like more information about these or any other treatment programs, call Drug Treatment Centers New Port Richey at (727) 378-0740.

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