Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, occurs when both mental health and substance use disorders are present. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.2 million adults in the US experienced mental illness and substance use disorder together in 2018. Wellness Counseling found the best means for recovery from co-occurring disorders through the dual diagnosis treatment program in Florida. The dual diagnosis treatment program focuses on the unique needs of both conditions for lasting recovery.

Upon entering a detox and addiction treatment facility, a medical assessment may recommend dual diagnosis treatment if symptoms of substance use and mental health disorders are both present.

The Need for a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Dual diagnosis treatment programs at an addiction treatment center in Florida focus on the reasons behind alcohol and substance use disorders. Commonly this means treatment of existing mental health disorders. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found about half of those dealing with mental illness also face a substance use disorder in their life, and vice versa.

Certain drugs of abuse cause symptoms of mental illness. Substance abuse leads to physical, behavioral, and social side effects. Alcohol and drug use changes brain chemistry that disrupts normal functions of neurotransmitters, like dopamine, which sometimes results in a mental health disorder.

If the following symptoms sound familiar, dual diagnosis treatment can help:

  • Lower performance at work or school
  • Engaging in secretive behavior
  • Appetite or sleep pattern changes
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Relationship, financial, or legal problems from substance abuse
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of fear, anxiety, or paranoia

Those experiencing a mental health disorder, like anxiety, PTSD, or depression disorders, may start to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drug effects may seem to provide relief but are doing the opposite. For example, consuming alcohol alters moods and lowers inhibition, but consequently decreases serotonin production worsening depression.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

At the dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida, evidence-based treatment and therapy are used to reduce symptoms of substance use and mental health disorders. Licensed professionals meet with individuals and groups of peers who share their experiences and heal.

Whatever the cause of addiction or mental health issues, the dual diagnosis treatment program in Florida can help.

Dual diagnosis treatment programs in Florida provide relief from these co-occurring disorder symptoms. At Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox dual diagnosis treatment programs may include:

  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR therapy

During the dual diagnosis treatment program, the root causes of addiction and mental health issues are exposed and worked through. Throughout the length of the program, individuals strengthen their mind and body against what triggers their disorder symptoms.

Dual diagnosis treatment programs can be incorporated into the following:

Even after finishing the dual diagnosis treatment program in Florida, we recommend continuing care in FL and therapy to ensure support is there when you need it. Both substance use and mental health disorders are chronic and require maintenance.

Treatment at Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

The first step in addiction treatment at the dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida is to detox any alcohol or drug toxins. Specialized detox programs at our facility include:

After substance abuse detox in Stuart, FL the dual diagnosis treatment program can truly begin. Find lasting recovery through programs from detox, dual diagnosis treatment, to continuing care.

Contact Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox about dual diagnosis treatment programs in Florida. Call 772.324.4130 today to discuss addiction and mental health treatment programs with compassionate specialists.