Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options in West Orange, NJ (973) 396-1396

Dual diagnosis is a recently developed area of medicine which has been growing quickly in the last 20 years. Dual diagnosis describes a practice treating people who suffer from both an addiction problem and a psychiatric disorder at the same time.

Fr example, a person can be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and can also have psychiatric disorders. Mental health disorders may include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder or panic disorder, along with addiction to multiple substances.

If you are suffering from coexisting disorders, call Dual Diagnosis Centers West Orange at (973) 396-1396.

Addictions and Mental Health Illnesses

Addicts with mental health illnesses may begin using substances to alleviate psychiatric symptoms stemming from their illnesses. It could also be their mental illnesses were created by abusing substances. Whichever condition came first, all substance and mental illness issues must be discovered and addressed in a dual diagnosis at the same time, or one untreated will lead to relapse for all the conditions.

Depression and Addiction

People with depression live with sadness, low energy and painful feelings. They commonly use alcohol to alleviate depression symptoms, so alcohol and depression in the same person is common. In this case, depression leads to alcoholism.

A person who suffers from the disease of alcoholism may develop depression. As people drink alcohol, which is a depressive substance, they develop brain chemistry alterations over time. In this case, alcohol intake is creating the depression.

Eating Disorders and Addiction

Eating food stimulates the reward and pleasure centers of the brain. Substances like alcohol and drugs create the same arousal. All set off triggers in the brain, which then releases chemicals creating euphoric feelings. When the body yearns for pleasure-giving substances, the person consumes the craved substances to satisfy these yearnings.

OCD and Addiction

Dual diagnosis of OCD and substance addiction are seen together. OCD and addiction are both believed to be caused by imbalances in brain chemistry. Since both involve compulsive and obsessive behaviors, both could come from the similar chemical imbalances in the brain.

Dual Diagnosis Statistics

The website nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness) reports:

  • A third of people with mental illness and half of people living with severe mental illnesses also have substance abuse problems.
  • A third of all alcohol abusers have been diagnosed with a co-existing mental illness.
  • More than half of all drug abusers have been diagnosed with a co-existing mental illness.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and behavioral therapy are all needed to treat dual diagnosis in comprehensive and effective ways.

  • Psychopharmacology treats all issues with prescribed medications for both addiction and mental illness. Assessments are made regarding effectiveness of the medications and modifications are made when necessary. Drug testing is used to monitor substances.
  • Psychotherapy is where abusers discuss issues and problems with counselors and therapists to reveal causes of disorders. Resolution of feelings is emphasized. Traumas are uncovered and treated as needed.
  • Behavioral therapy specifies the behaviors that lead to negative and harmful consequences. Positive behaviors are learned to avoid these negative consequences. Both positive and negative reinforcements and using improved reasoning are learned to cultivate positive behaviors and actions and stop destructive behaviors.

Dual Diagnosis Help

Contact us and we will explain what we have to offer regarding dual diagnosis treatment. Our Drug Treatment Centers West Orange have the tools and the knowledge to diagnose all disorders and treat them effectively. The cycle of addiction can be broken. We investigate and identify all disorders in an abuser, so the treatment plan can address all existing issues. Call us today at (973) 396-1396.

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