The coexistence of a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder is described as Dual diagnosis. The mental conditions that are typically paired with alcoholism or drug addiction are depression, chronic anxiety, bi-polar, personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes that most people living with dual diagnosis even today, do not always get treatment for both. In fact, prior to 1990 patients presenting with a mental illness and a comorbid drug or alcohol addiction were treated by separate medical providers. Treatment programs that failed to address both proved ineffective for those suffering with dual diagnosis. Studies show patients who only received treatment for one condition had higher relapse rates, hospital visits and periods of homelessness compared to those with who received concurrent treatment. Call Baton Rouge Drug Treatment Centers today at (225) 341-8208.
Research Studies into the cause, effects and treatment for dual diagnosis as published by SAMHSA indicate the following:
• Approximately four million Americans over the age of 18 are struggling with dual diagnosis.
• There has been a 16% increase over a six year period of patients seeking help for addiction issues who were also diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder.
• Among those who are employed fulltime, approximately 3 million were diagnosed with both a mental health issue and a substance abuse problem.
• Of those diagnosed with dual diagnosis, less than 5% received treatment for both conditions.
• More than 50 percent of those living with a Dual Diagnosis did not receive any medical treatment or psychotherapeutic intervention to help them progress in their recovery.
• More men than women are typically diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.
• There has been a 44% increase in the number of women admitted for dual diagnosis treatment since 2001.
• Alcohol is the primary substance of abuse for 45% of dual diagnosis patients.
• Approximately 21% of dual diagnosis patients are addicted to prescription pain medication such as OxyContin, Percocet and others.
Since its introduction, Dual Diagnosis has made significant inroads in reducing recidivism rates. Even so, not all rehab centers provide this valuable treatment. Drug Treatment Centers Baton Rouge are happy to say that dual diagnosis is a critical component of the services we provide.
Substance abuse symptoms that overlap with mental illness can complicate treatment and even make it difficult to differentiate between the substance abuse and the psychiatric illness. For this reason the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) recommends that a primary diagnosis of a mental disorder should not be made while the person is still under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As such, our clinicians allow sufficient time for substance induced withdrawal symptoms to dissipate before determining the exact nature of the patient’s psychiatric condition. This assessment process is critical because it drives the customization of a treatment program. Our board certified psychiatrists, doctors and nurses combine knowledge and cutting edge therapeutic interventions to evaluate and address the needs of the dually diagnosed patient.
Treatment for dual diagnosis is an integrative process that comprises treatment regiments such as Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy and behavioral management among others. Because there is the potential for multiple interactions between substances of abuse and psychiatric illnesses treatment is complex and must be comprehensive. All stages and aspects of the patient’s illness must be considered in order to design an effective treatment program.
1. Parallel treatment of both mental illness and dual diagnosis administered by a highly qualified team of addiction clinicians with a range of expertise.
2. Administration of evidence based, federally approved psychotherapeutic medications for the treatment of co-occurring disorders
3. Establishment of positive behavioral changes and reinforcement of self-esteem through a supportive therapeutic approach.
4. Integration of family and significant individuals into the treatment strategy as permitted by the patient.
The biggest hurdle to overcome when suffering from an addiction is to decide to get help. Once that decision is made getting into a treatment program enables you to get a proper diagnosis relevant to your substance abuse behavior and your mental health. Since the symptoms of drug abuse can resemble some mental disorders, it is important to get a proper evaluation that can only occur after the elimination of chemical substances from the body. Don’t suffer needlessly with drug addiction and a potential mental illness when help is so readily available.
If someone you or a loved one is in addiction and you suspect that there may be a co-occurring mental illness call Baton Rouge Drug Treatment Centers today at (225) 341-8208. We can get you into an effective parallel treatment plan and on the road to a new life.