Dual Diagnosis

Suffering from addiction or a mental health disorder is a very complicated and nuanced ordeal. A number of personalized coping strategies are needed for each individual’s unique situation. Dual diagnosis can further complicate one’s circumstances. It can prompt the need to further personalize and address one’s specific symptoms, mindset, and the interplay between addiction and mental health disorders. 

However, despite being a complicated situation, a dual diagnosis can still be effectively addressed and overcome. It is necessary to take a personalized approach to best understand one’s unique diagnoses, needs, and hurdles when creating a plan for a healthier and transformed lifestyle. 

What Is Dual Diagnosis? 

Dual diagnosis is not a single kind of diagnosis. Rather, dual diagnosis implies that an individual has been officially diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder or addiction as well as a mental health disorder. Each of one’s diagnoses affecting them simultaneously.  This means that one’s dual diagnosis may not reflect the same situation as their peers. However, it does not mean that any single instance of dual diagnosis is better or worse than another’s. All require intricate and personalized attention to address each situation. 

For some, dual diagnosis may manifest as an addiction to heroin while also being clinically diagnosed with depression or anxiety. Others may suffer from an alcohol addiction alongside the development of bipolar disorder. In some cases, individuals can experience dual diagnosis as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder and an addiction to opiates used as a coping strategy. 

Any kind of mental health disorder—from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, panic, bipolar disorder, and more—can be affected by one’s substance use. One’s substance use can continue to augment the effects of a mental health disorder. Without professional recovery, this can create a difficult cycle to address. 

Identifying Various Symptoms

Dual diagnosis is a very personal combination of unique symptoms, making it can be difficult to determine specific symptoms that apply to all circumstances. However, being vigilant to identify overall changes can indicate there is a need to seek professional help, or that an individual may be coping with multiple stressors simultaneously. Some things to look for include: 

  • Sudden changes in social outings, resulting in isolation or disinterest in previous hobby groups
  • Difficulty maintaining employment or inconsistent attendance at work
  • Pervasive and consistent feelings of worry, panic, or confusion
  • An increase in risky behaviors
  • Sudden changes in overall mood 
  • Inability to maintain daily responsibilities 
  • Compromised hygiene routine or eating schedule
  • Difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships

These are only a few ways in which an individual may present multiple complications at once. An individual’s unique combination of diagnoses can make it difficult to determine how many diagnoses they may be suffering from without the trained eye of a professional to guide them. Educating oneself about a loved one’s diagnosis can help determine if their symptoms are the result of a diagnosis, or if there may be additional hurdles in their recovery. 

The Cyclic Nature of Dual Diagnosis

Suffering from a dual diagnosis of any kind can create a complicated recovery path. However, recovery is always possible, even if an individual may need to plan their recovery journey in a unique way. Those suffering from a dual diagnosis will need to address their recovery on all fronts in order to create the best approach to a sustained and effective recovery. 

Those suffering from dual diagnosis may find that their substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders can continue to impact each other. For example, one’s anxiety disorder can make it very difficult to manage their coping strategies when dealing with urges to reengage with cocaine. This may make it easier to begin using the addictive substance again. Likewise, one’s use of a drug can also increase one’s debilitating feelings of anxiety. 

Addressing one’s use of drugs without addressing one’s anxiety disorder can lead to a very difficult and fragile recovery if there are no strategies in place to quell feelings of anxiety. This can increase the chances of relapse, just as addressing one’s anxiety without confronting the role that drug use has played can make many coping strategies difficult to employ. Anxiety then may continue to affect one’s life. 

Taking the First Step

Creating a comprehensive approach to addressing all aspects of one’s dual diagnosis is paramount in effectively developing a sustainable recovery plan. The use of specialized, personalized programs can help an individual address all of their diagnoses simultaneously. It can also educate them on the unique way in which their diagnoses affect each other in their daily life. 

Finding the right program and peers is necessary to address dual diagnosis effectively. Having professionals who are prepared to explain and educate about the interplay of one’s situation is necessary for sustained sobriety and a transformed lifestyle. Acknowledging one’s additional needs and making a call is the first step in exercising agency and taking control of one’s own life in addressing the difficult world of dual diagnosis. 

Dual diagnosis can create a complicated recovery path. However, at Chateau Recovery, we are prepared to help you begin your recovery journey with any of our specialized programs.

Our personalized approach to your recovery allows us to build your program from the ground up with a supportive, communal atmosphere and safe environment. Our trained professionals are ready to help you better understand and tackle your unique symptoms each and every day.

Your time with us can be personalized with individual and group therapy, nutrition counseling, art therapy, and a multitude of personal experiential and outdoor therapies. Our community allows you to best explore your identity and symptoms while being supported throughout the more vulnerable times in recovery and celebrated through your milestones. For more information on how we can personalize your time with us, or to speak to a caring, trained staff member about your unique situation, call us today at (435) 222-5225.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Having a dual diagnosis means that more than one aspect of your life may be overwhelming and contributing to current symptoms or problems. Most people struggling with chemical use or trauma have underlying interpersonal or medical concerns that may not be immediately obvious but are negatively impacting your ability to function. Our goal is to identify and start treating all of your challenges in treatment.

If all aspects of an individual’s health are not addressed, the likelihood of relapse and stress remains high. Unidentified or under-treated concerns behave similarly to exposed nerves that trigger fear, pain, and negative coping skills if pushed. Protecting your future often requires addressing and understanding your dual diagnosis. We can help you get started.

Diagnosing the Issue

Everyone is unique and needs to be understood before they can make significant change. Defining problems and concerns are sometimes as important as defining solutions and resources. We want to help you identify underlying conditions, beliefs, and mindsets that may be driving substance use or trauma reactions. A dual diagnosis must be officially made by a psychotherapist or doctor, but if you suspect that you or a loved one might be dealing with these issues, please contact our team to set up a free initial assessment to discuss your concerns.

Treating Both Sides

If the root cause of an addiction or mental health issue is not addressed, the chance of relapse is higher since the problem is not completely resolved. Our team looks at psychological, genetic, development, personality, family systems, child development and environmental factors as well to ensure that any unresolved problems are addressed. Long-lasting and life-changing recovery cannot happen without examining and healing every aspect of one’s self.

Trained Professionals

Our team is made up of licensed therapists, medical professionals, nurses, and substance abuse counselors who are highly trained in diagnosing and treating individuals with a dual diagnosis. When you come to Chateau Recovery, you’ll meet with knowledgeable, experienced professionals who have extensive training with dual diagnosis issues and are ready to help you through your recovery and trauma healing.

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Whether you want to discuss what options are available to you, or you are ready to start the treatment process and begin the road to recovery, our team is ready to help. Please give us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll schedule your initial assessment as soon as possible.

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