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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Deerfield Beach, FL
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Dual diagnosis is defined as the co-occurrence of a mental illness with drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment for this condition is an integrative model that facilitates the simultaneous treatment of mental illness and addiction. Dual diagnosis treatment replaced the traditional parallel method formerly used to treat millions suffering with these conditions.

For rehab treatment options, call Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach at (954) 281-5492.

The approach also entailed shifting from a confrontational to a supportive one. Dual diagnosis treatment was first introduced in 1990 after various studies showed the parallel model that separated treatment for mental illness from addiction to be ineffective. Recognition of the co-occurring conditions and treatment represented a major breakthrough in rehabilitation for addiction and made a significant difference in recidivism rates.

The symptoms of drug addiction often mimic those of mental disorder which can makes it difficult even for physicians to differentiate between them. As such, it is necessary that patients who seek treatment for addiction undergo a thorough physical and psychological evaluation.

However, a true assessment of an individual’s mental health is best accomplished when the patient is free from the influence of drugs and alcohol. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) also recommend that a primary diagnosis of a mental disorder should be made only after withdrawal symptoms has sufficiently dissipated.

Dual Diagnosis Signs and Symptoms

Although it is not possible without a professional medical evaluation to determine that you may be dealing with co-occurring conditions, it may be prudent to seek help as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms along with habitual drug or alcohol abuse.

  • Frequent alternating feelings between sadness and excitement.
  • Euphoria or highly elevated moods that last for more than a day or two.
  • Difficulty focusing or very easily distracted
  • Bouts of anger without provocation.
  • Impulsive decision making
  • Long lasting periods of depression
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed.
  • Sustained anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

Individuals who experience one or a combination of the preceding symptoms are typically susceptible to substance abuse. When these symptoms along with drug or alcohol use interfere with everyday life it is important to seek help. Traditional medical facilities typically do not provide treatment for co-occurring conditions.

However, Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach specialize in this type of treatment in a facility that is fully equipped to handle psychiatric issues stemming from mental disorders, addiction or both. The individual diagnosed with a co-occurring condition requires specialized, integrated care. It may also be helpful to know that…

If you have a pre-existing mental condition or suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) you are more likely to be at risk of developing a substance abuse dependence or addiction.

Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach are equipped to handle dual diagnosis patients. Our facility is staffed with a psychiatric team with expertise and experience administering dual diagnosis treatment.  Additionally:

  • To be effective, co-occurring conditions treatment programs should be comprehensive and integrate various treatment modalities such as holistic, traditional and up-to-date addiction remedies.
  • Concurrent treatment of a mental disorder and addiction has been fully researched and studied to be most effective in reducing relapse events.
  • Treatment of co-occurring conditions is complex and typically take longer to complete than treatment for substance abuse addiction alone.
  • Customized treatment programs enable patients to recover at a pace that is comfortable for them.
  • Approximately four million Americans over the age of 18 are struggling with dual diagnosis.
  • More than 50% of people living with dual diagnosis will not seek or receive treatment.
  • Alcohol and prescription medication are the primary drugs of abuse used by dual diagnosis patients.
  • Co-occurring conditions can present in multiple combinations of mental illness and various forms of addictions.

If you suffer from a mental illness in conjunction with a drug or alcohol addiction, Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach can provide Inpatient Medical Detox, customized rehabilitation programs that may include Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR), medication, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, complete holistic and traditional treatment regiments, education and counseling for your loved ones, Relapse Prevention Training and Aftercare.

An untreated co-occurring condition can cause serious consequences. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be dealing with this complicated condition, call Drug Treatment Centers Deerfield Beach today at (954) 281-5492. We can get you into an effective treatment plan.

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