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Dual Diagnoses Treatment-What Does It Mean?

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Dual Diagnoses

Dual Diagnoses (also referred to as Dual Diagnosis) is most commonly used in relation to describing someone with two co-occurring diagnoses at the same time, such as alcoholism coupled with post-traumatic stress disorder or prescription drug addiction coupled with bi-polar disorder. A person may be addicted to alcohol as a means to self-medicate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder that results from severe trauma or abuse. Both can be treated but require proper diagnosis in order for treatment to be effective.

Addictions of any sort always have a cause beyond the genetic predisposition and the addictive qualities of the drug or drugs being abused. Most often the causes of substance abuse and addiction are rooted in depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Addiction is best cured through efforts within the framework of specialized programs that include clinical therapy, education and group support. The root causes of addiction respond best to individual therapy and group support.

Doctor Bob, one of the two founders of AA, believed that more than 12-step work was required to fix addictions. He attended therapy for years after his involvement in the creation of the 12-steps and subsequent practice of the steps. In response, our guess is he was often working with people who struggled with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or bi-polar disorders in addition to their alcoholism or addiction. Doctor Bob clearly felt that the 12-step program combined with therapy helped fight the root causes of addiction, and that this needed to be built into recovery programs in order to provide effective treatment for those suffering from Dual Diagnoses.

Dual Diagnoses Treatment Requires Special Therapy

The treatment of depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coupled with addiction requires Dual Diagnoses treatment. Alcohol or drug abuse is but symptomatic of underlying issues that cause extreme emotional discomfort. People seek to relieve this discomfort by turning to alcohol and drugs for relief.

For example, someone who struggles with depression may use cocaine (stimulant) to relieve it. On a clinical level, depression is anger turned inward and is best treated by turning it back into anger and expressing it to fully release it. Anxiety involves going back to the source which quite often occurs in childhood involving something that was frightening. It later generalizes from fear of a particular event or object to anxiety – being afraid but not knowing why or what to be afraid of specifically. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a result of witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event, such as rape, molestation, abuse or war. It is best treated by group therapy with other clients who suffer from similar symptoms.

Treatment for Dual Diagnoses without addiction

It is possible that people can suffer from dual diagnoses without addiction; for example, a person can be diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both of which need individual treatment to relieve the symptoms.

Thus, our Dual Diagnoses treatment center focuses on two specific psychiatric or mood disorders whether or not those problems involve addiction. They often do only because individuals don’t know how else to get relief or comfort, but not always. At SouthCoast Recovery, we give a clinical evaluation to determine whether underlying mood disorders exist in order to tailor an individual Dual Diagnoses treatment plan. Our clinical therapist has 44 years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Dual Diagnoses. We can help you address and relieve mood disorders and introduce you to a life free of alcohol, drugs and emotional pain. Call today to find out more about our Dual Diagnoses treatment center.

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At SouthCoast Recovery Dual Diagnoses treatment, we understand the pain and suffering that can make it tough to get help. People suffering from Dual Diagnoses often struggle with serious physical and psychological problems that can cause them to be dangerous to themselves or others if not properly cared for. Our knowledgeable staff can help those suffering from Dual Diagnoses to address and overcome their unique challenges in a safe, structured environment.

Many people who need Dual Diagnoses treatment may not even realize there are underlying issues that are causing them to feel the way they do. It takes courage to seek help and guidance to implement new patterns of behavior. We offer intervention, detox, medication, clinical therapy and holistic treatment to address Dual Diagnoses. Our world-class treatment team offers daily individual attention to get to the root of the problem and release it so you can live a life free of physical and psychological pain.

Dual Diagnoses therapy requires extended, individualized care. We offer 30, 60 and 90-day programs tailored to your individual needs and goals. We blend clinical and holistic methods to renew mind, body and spirit while restoring relationships, goals and purpose. This comprehensive method of treatment prepares our clients for long-term success in overcoming Dual Diagnoses, allowing our program to excel where others fail.

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Dual Diagnoses Treatment Services/Options:

• Intervention services
• Physical health evaluation
• Medically-supervised, social model and holistic detox options
• Medication to help with cravings, pain and sleep
• Continued physical care throughout recovery
• Psychological evaluation for Dual Diagnoses of problems such as Depression, Bi-Polar Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and Anxiety, which may be underlying causes that could lead to substance abuse
• Individual psychological treatment
• Individual counseling
• Family counseling
• Hypnotherapy
• Dual Diagnoses education
• Health and wellness education
• Denial management
• Relapse prevention
• Anger management
• Acupuncture for pain management, stress reduction and decreased cravings
• Detoxification massage therapy
• Meditation for stress reduction, a calmer mind, reduced cravings and clarity
• Fitness sessions at gym (24-Hour Fitness)
• Integration of 12-step principles
• Structure, guidance and practice for long-term sobriety



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