Dual Diagnosis Therapy

Therapy for Co-Occurring Conditions

Almost half of all people with a drug or alcohol addiction have a “dual diagnosis” in the form of another mental disorder that is related to their drug addiction. Research study has actually further revealed that the more serious the dual diagnosis, the better the chance of drug abuse– with alcohol, cannabis as well as cocaine, the most common drugs of abuse amongst people with dual diagnoses.

At Northlake Recovery, we recognize exactly how frustrating a dual diagnosis can be. That is why we provide “dual diagnosis treatment”: the fundamental way of caring for those with substance abuse disorders as well as mental disorder(s).

Dual diagnosis treatment is an extensive technique for dealing with drug usage disorders that co-occur with one or more mental disorders, such as stress and anxiety, clinical depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to assist clients with these co-occurring conditions discover how to take care of both health problems (cocaine addiction and depression, for example) through a combination of medication and behavior modifications.

What Customers Can Expect from Our Dual Diagnosis Therapy Program:

Not all dual diagnosis treatment centers are alike in exactly how they treat co-occurring mental illness and drug abuse– or, in the high quality of the care they give.

An extensive physical as well as psychological assessment

A tailored strategy of therapy customized to the client’s individual requirements

A multidisciplinary team of caring and knowledgeable experts

The integration of dual diagnosis treatment at every degree of care

Evidence-based treatments for all sorts of co-occurring disorders

A client-directed, outcome-informed technique

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for clients who need it

New cutting-edge facility

12-step recovery groups

The choice of family members therapy via our Family members Program

What Is a Dual Diagnosis?


A dual diagnosis can be any number of mental diseases that either cause, co-occur with, or develop as the result of an addiction to alcohol or various other substances of misuse. The indications of a dual diagnosis can differ from person to person. Typically, though, the following signs can be indications of a co-occurring conditions that would benefit from expert diagnosis as well as therapy:

An inability to maintain employment

An inability to maintain functional relationships

Legal problems

Financial issues

Neglect of health and hygiene

Sudden changes in behavior

Social isolation

Severe anxiety

Using substances under dangerous conditions

Risky behavior

Loss of control over how much they use substances or drink alcohol

Needing more and more of the substance to achieve the desired effect (tolerance)

Displaying intense, painful withdrawal symptoms

Cravings for the substance, and the belief that they need the substance to function.

With any dual diagnosis, treatment at an early stage by a medical professional is paramount to helping the individual find sobriety.

Types of Dual Diagnoses


There are numerous sorts of dual diagnosis, and they run the range from even more commonly taking place conditions like anxiety and also anxiety to much rarer mental illnesses like schizophrenia. These problems fall within the complying with classifications:

There are a number of dual diagnosis types. They can be anywhere from anxiety disorder to schizophrenia. Here are some of the categories we commonly care for:

Mood disorders – Many if not most individuals who suffer from addiction find themselves under the categorization of having a mood disorder of some sort. “Among individuals with a mood disorder, 32 percent had a co-occurring Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Of individuals with lifetime major depression, 16.5 percent had an alcohol use disorder and 18 percent had a drug use disorder. SUDs were particularly common among individuals with bipolar disorder—56 percent had a lifetime SUD”, according to the National Institute of Health.

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)– Research shows that individuals with ADHD, a lot of whom are prescribed medications that are addictive stimulants, are additionally much more inclined to drug abuse.

Bipolar disorder– Chemical abuse takes place at dramatically higher numbers amongst people with bipolar illness, who are more likely to make use of alcohol, marijuana and/or illicit drugs to self-medicate the issues of their underlying problem.

Personality disorders– A diagnosis of “borderline personality disorder,” notably, correlates with higher numbers drug addiction and abuse.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—Many studies have shown that traumatic experiences during adolescence are the source of several addictions. PTSD is characterized by traumatic events for various reasons. Drug abuse typically occurs as an initiative to handle these often painful as well as unpleasant symptoms.

Schizophrenia– A disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. The diagnosis often occurs along with substance abuse, particularly alcohol, drug as well as marijuana.

Why High-Quality Dual Diagnosis Therapy Is Important

Diagnosis of co-occurring conditions can be complicated for different reasons:

Some extremely different disorders share some of the very same psychological signs, so obtaining a precise diagnosis of the problem that is co-occurring with drug abuse can be complicated.

There is additionally the truth that both ailments comprising the dual diagnosis (anxiety as well as addiction, for example) have signs and symptoms that mirror one another.

Substance dependencies like alcohol addiction can mimic the symptoms of other mental disorders, resulting in misdiagnosis– when in fact the only ailment that really requires therapy is a drinking problem.


How is Dual Diagnosis Detected and also Treated?

A dual diagnosis is identified and also treated by a multidisciplinary group of medical experts, in a trusted drug and alcohol rehabilitation center as well as through the following:

Medical detox from one or more substances is the first step in order to properly get an accurate diagnosis. During this time, they will be closely looked after around the clock and the medical staff will make note of their progress. It is then that our medical staff can begin to differentiate between the symptoms of drug addiction versus some underlying mental disorder.

Inpatient Rehabilitation is the subsequent action in getting a precise diagnosis only after the drugs have left the body. Inpatient rehabilitation supplies individuals with one of the most extensive level of care offered within a drug-free atmosphere. This affords the chance to be closely kept track of for any kind of signs and symptoms of withdrawal.

Throughout this phase of therapy, clients take part in group as well as specialized therapies carried out by knowledgeable clinical experts that are trained to spot as well as treat dual diagnoses. Thanks to the extensive nature of these day-to-day interactions with clients, therapists are better able to assess and also check for the presence of any type of co-occurring mental illnesses.

Once a dual diagnosis has been established, MAT (medication-assisted treatment) may then be administered in combination with specified behavior treatments.


Therapies Made Use Of to Deal With Dual Diagnoses


The kinds of therapies utilized to deal with dual diagnoses can differ dependent upon clients’ personalized requirements. The adhering to “evidence-based” treatments have been revealed to enhance therapy results for customers with dual diagnoses:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a kind of psychiatric therapy that is deemed one of the most effective methods at dealing with addiction. Our CBT certified therapists work with recovering addicts to help pinpoint which are the behavioral patterns as well as cognitive patterns to find out the reasons behind their addictions. Then each client is educated in coping mechanisms as well as ways in which they can change their thinking and actions as to not feel the need to use substances.

12-Step Life Skills Groups and Peer Support feature often in our day-to-day, addiction treatment program. Research reveals that engagement in 12-Step healing groups like Narcotics Anonymous substantially decreases the possibility of regression throughout the first critical year post-rehab. At Northlake, we provide 12-Step as well as other peer assistance options to our clients. Within the safety and security of these recovery teams, our clients discover important life abilities pertaining to anger management, trauma-based issues, grief, and drug cravings and relapse avoidance.

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Northlake Recovery saved my life. I went there in June of 2020, and I haven’t touched a substance ever since.

ChrisSober since 18/10/2020