Substance use disorder and mental health challenges often coexist. When someone struggles with mental illness and simultaneous substance addiction, it is known clinically as a dual diagnosis. This condition can complicate recovery.
Because emotional disorders and substance misuse exacerbate each other, dual diagnosis can cause debilitating reuse cycles and emotional crises. Without specific, intensive mental health treatment, recovery outcomes aren’t encouraging.
The Raleigh House is among the few addiction treatment centers that offer standalone psychiatric services. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental and physical wellness resources to people struggling with addiction. Our holistic approach targets the core issues surrounding substance use disorders.
We give clients the insight and care necessary to diagnose, address, and manage any contributing mental health concerns.
Dual diagnosis is the co-occurrence of substance use disorder and a mental health disorder.
The mental health disorder might include any of the following:
Having an unrecognized emotional disorder can cause the urge to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. For example, a person who has endured a severe emotional or physical trauma might feel that intoxication helps them navigate social interactions more easily.
However, emotional disorders do not necessarily precede substance misuse.
While it is often true that issues with mental health – particularly if they are undiagnosed and untreated – can trigger self-medicating and substance misuse, it isn’t always the case. Severe and continual substance misuse can cause hormonal changes that lead to the development of mood disorders.
Several issues could worsen either a substance use disorder or a mental health condition:
It cannot be assumed that treatment for one condition without directly addressing the other will yield positive outcomes. Both must be treated equally.
Treatment for a mental health condition will involve intensive therapeutic intervention, including medications for any mood disorders. Inpatient residential treatment will be the most effective option if medication-assisted treatment is employed because medications can sometimes take weeks to activate.
Having continual support and medical supervision is critical to assure sobriety while the treatment takes effect.
At The Raleigh House, our inpatient rehabilitation program provides the comprehensive medical services needed for the long-term management of both substance use disorders and mental health concerns.
The trained clinicians at The Raleigh House offer in-depth experience in dual diagnosis treatment. We provide clients with the compassionate support necessary to uncover and address complex emotional traumas and disorders successfully. Our 40-acre Colorado ranch offers peace, tranquility, and a safe space for recovering your health and strength.
When you’re ready to heal, we’re here.
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