Our Mississippi Dual-Diagnosis
Many people who suffer from addiction also find themselves dealing with one or more co-occurring mental health conditions. This is called a dual-diagnosis, and it must be considered during substance abuse rehab. At Extra Mile Recovery, our experienced counselors provide specialized dual-diagnosis therapy to help address addiction to drugs and alcohol and any accompanying mental health or mood disorders.
Below, you can learn more about what Dual-Diagnosis Treatment is, when it’s used, why it requires specialized therapy, and how our staff at Extra Mile Recovery compassionately and effectively address this complex condition as part of our continuum of care.
What Is A Dual-Diagnosis?
A dual-diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder, is when someone is simultaneously diagnosed with two separate conditions. This includes a substance use disorder, and a separate mental health condition or mood disorder. Addiction can be accompanied by all types of mental illness, but some are more common than others, such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
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In some cases, someone with a mental health disorder may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate or try to alleviate their symptoms on their own. This provides temporary relief, but the underlying causes of the mental health issue aren’t addressed, and it can lead to substance dependency and addiction. In other cases, struggling with addiction can cause a person to be at higher risk for mental health problems. Addictive substances can affect mood, increase stress, and alter critical brain function.
But more important than knowing which condition caused the other is understanding how the two feed on each other to make the task of treatment more complex and challenging than if we were providing treatment for just one or the other.
Signs and Symptoms
Mental health issues are diagnosed based on their symptoms, which makes diagnosing multiple conditions at once much more difficult. There can be overlap between the symptoms of a mental health condition and the effects of abusing drugs and alcohol.
There are also many different ways that a co-occurring disorder can express itself. Some of the most common signs include:
- High tolerance to the substance being abused
- Loss of control over substance use
- Perceived inability to live life without the substance being abused
- Drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Engaging in risky behaviors, either to acquire the substance, or while using it
- Extreme changes in behavior
- Isolation from friends and family
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Effective Treatments for
One of the greatest obstacles to effective Dual-Diagnosis Treatment is that it requires very precise care. We can’t just address one half of a dual-diagnosis before the other half. Because drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders fuel each other, as long as one goes untreated, the chance of successful addiction recovery is low.
On the other hand, effective treatment is not as simple as addressing both conditions in a co-occurring disorder together as a single issue. Both a substance use disorder and mental health condition are individual diagnoses, and require specific care. A rehab plan that consists of trying to solve them with a “one size fits all” treatment approach is unlikely to resolve the underlying causes of these disorders.
Specialized Dual-Diagnosis Therapy in Mantachie, MS
We’ve found that the only successful way to treat a dual-diagnosis client is to address each of the diagnosed conditions on their own, but at the same time, understanding that both are acting on a client’s behavioral health.
- When an addiction and mental health disorder become entangled, we take a multi-step approach to unraveling the dual-diagnosis:
We take time to assess the client’s overall health, including the existence of mental conditions they may be struggling with
- The client undergoes Drug & Alcohol Detox so that they can get clean and are ready to start intensive substance abuse rehab
- In our Residential Inpatient Program, clients engage in therapies that address the effects and challenges of both addiction and mental illness, slowly disentangling the two
- After the client has addressed each disorder individually, we work on unpacking the complex ways in which their conditions feed into each other
- Once the client identifies how unhealthy behaviors stem from one or both of their disorders, we can work to change how they live their life, cope with their symptoms, and react to triggers
- Toward the end of treatment, we help clients prepare to transfer the lessons learned in rehab into healthier behaviors during life in recovery as part of our Aftercare Program
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Treating Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues:
An Individualized Approach at Extra Mile Recovery
When a client is struggling with two or more conditions at the same time, the case demands high-quality treatment carried out with a deep understanding of both issues. At Extra Mile Recovery, we build our Dual-Diagnosis Treatment plan from there and focus on treating the needs of the client, not just their substance abuse and mental health issues. It’s just one of the many ways the staff at our addiction treatment center in Mississippi go above and beyond for our clients.
To learn more about our Mississippi Dual-Diagnosis Treatment and other therapies, please call Extra Mile Recovery at (662) 810-4146 today.