More than ½ of all those who are diagnosed with some sort of substance use disorder also report they have mental health issues. In addition, the majority of those who have a mental health disorder diagnosis report abusing alcohol and/or drugs to cope with or handle those issues. If you or someone you know have a dual diagnosis (addiction and mental health disorder), we have the best treatment for dual diagnosis here at Harmony Health Group that can help you to overcome both these issues simultaneously.
What Does Dual Diagnosis Mean
The connection between mental health issues and drug or alcohol use is significant because of many direct factors including, but not limited to, the following:
- Addictive substances will affect thinking and behavior (negatively affect self-esteem, worsen existing mental health problems, negatively affect problem-solving, worsen cognition, etc.)
- People who have mental health issues are much more likely to use addictive drugs and become dependent upon them (abusing drugs can distract people from their mental health issues and some drugs may ease mental health symptoms, even if for just a short time)
- Genetics play a role in both addiction and mental health issues (psychosis, anxiety, depression, and addiction can all be hereditary issues)
- Many people have a difficult time accessing medical resources they need due to lack of health insurance or improper access to medical care (often causing them to use alcohol and/or drugs to cope with their mental health issues or having their mental health worsened due to their untreated substance use disorder)
If you or someone you know is dealing with a dual diagnosis, please know right now that there are treatments out there for you. You don’t have to keep struggling with these issues by yourself. Here at Harmony Health Group, our team is ready to assist you in treating dual diagnosis disorders today.
Here at Harmony Health Group, we truly believe that a combination of medically-assisted detox and holistic addiciton and mental health recovery treatments are best in treating dual diagnosis disorders. Reach out to us to find out more about each of these treatments and how they can best benefit you.
Best Treatment for Dual Diagnosis Disorders
As just noted, our Harmony Health Group team believes that a combination of medical detox and holistic services are the best for treatment for dual diagnosis disorders. Some of the best treatment options for these disorders include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Medications such as depression and anxiety medications
- Medications such as methadone and other options to help detox from alcohol and/or drugs
- Long-term outpatient treatment
- Inpatient rehab programs
- Partial hospitalization treatment
- Aftercare planning
- Treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders
It may take a bit of time to find the best course of treatment for each individual. It may even seem like trial and error for awhile. However, with the help of our experienced, professional medical team, we can get you to where you need to be in treatment and recovery.
Have you already received treatment in the past, but it wasn’t successful? This doesn’t mean that all hope is lost and that you can’t get the help you need. Here at Harmony Health Group, we have some clients who have received different treatments numerous times. It may not have been the best time in their life, they may not have been ready to let go of addictive behaviors or a number of other things may have been going on.
To overcome dual diagnosis disorders, you need a comfortable, safe and supportive environment to overcome the addiction and mental health disorder. With this being said, our team of professionals is here and ready to help you along the way. We offer individual therapy, group sessions and many other services to treat dual diagnosis disorders.
Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment Programs
In the best addiction treatment environments, you are going to receive individualized care. This happens in both outpatient and inpatient treatment programs. If you are looking for a list of differences between outpatient and inpatient dual diagnosis programs here it is:
- In outpatient treatment, you visit the facility for your treatments, but you stay in the inpatient rehab throughout your treatment program and receive daily care
- In inpatient treatment, you receive around-the-clock supervision and support, while outpatient treatment involves regular, but not daily care
- In outpatient treatment, you can have the flexibility to work, go to school, or take care of your family, but you can’t do this in an inpatient facility
- In inpatient treatment, you can receive medical detox and more medically-assisted treatments than in outpatient treatment
Both outpatient and inpatient treatment programs are beneficial in treating dual diagnosis disorders.
Lifestyle Changes and Support for Long-Term Recovery
Even after you finish an outpatient or inpatient treatment program for a dual diagnosis disorder, you will need to make positive lifestyle changes to support long-term recovery. This will take work, a support system and dedication on your part. However, you can do this. If you attended one of our Harmony Health Group programs, you will be working with your aftercare plan, which can help you greatly in recovery.
Some of the many things that you will need to remember or change in your life to stay in recovery from a dual diagnosis disorder include:
- Remember, addiction and mental health disorders may be chronic, but that doesn’t mean your symptoms have to be forever
- Everyone needs help from time to time, so reach out for it when you need it
- A strong support system can make all the difference to whether you stay in recovery or not
- Interventions can help to keep your loved ones on track in their recovery or help to get them in recovery
- Education is extremely important to continuing a life of recovery
- Continue practicing your stress management, self-care, and coping techniques
- Live a healthy life with exercise, eating right, and happiness
If you can implement these tips into your new recovering lifestyle, you will find a great deal of happines, joy and excitement in life. Don’t forget that if you need continued treatment and help for your dual diagnosis disorder, we are here for you at Harmony Health Group.
Start Overcoming Dual Diagnosis Disorders Today
Do you have a mental health disorder and addiction? If so, start overcoming dual diagnosis disorders with the help of our specialized medical treatment team right away. Contact us today to find out more about these treatments and how you can begin your recovering lifestyle.