Understanding Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis can be difficult to understand or treat because it is a combination of a psychological issue and an addiction. When the diagnosis was first created back in the ’90s, it was believed that each issue needed to be treated separately, usually working through the addiction before tackling the mental health issue.

The problem with this approach is that mental health issues can be heightened while going through substance abuse detox. This potentially leads to relapse since a lot of substance abuse starts as a coping or numbing mechanism for undiagnosed or untreated mental health concerns.

Diagnosing the Issue

It is important to determine if the psychiatric symptoms are substance-induced or a pre-existing condition that has worsened because of substance abuse. This distinction is vital as it will help determine the best approach for your needs. A dual diagnosis needs to be officially made by a psychotherapist, but if you suspect that you or a loved one might be dealing with these issues, you can 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, and environmental factors as well as your personality and family relationships to ensure that any unresolved problems are taken care of and worked through. Long-lasting and life-changing recovery cannot happen without examining and healing every aspect of one’s self.

A Dual Approach

Since treating each problem separately can hinder progress and sobriety, Chateau Recovery offers a dual approach to help with both issues. We have therapists, nurses, and counselors on staff to help individuals through the physical and emotional struggles of recovery while also providing support and treatment for any psychological disorders. It is possible that, with time, these additional disorders can disappear the longer you are clean and sober. However, sometimes the addiction is a secondary issue that was created as a way to self-medicate against untreated mental health issues.

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 and are ready to help you through your recovery process.

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Whether you just want to discuss your options or you are ready to start at our rehab center, our team is more than happy to help you. Just 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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