Dual diagnosis is a complex condition that requires a significant amount of specificity in the treatment modalities that are used to address this illness. Unfortunately, effective treatment for dual diagnosis got off to a slow start. Much of this delay in developing efficacious programs that are capable of addressing the complex nature of this condition is due to a misunderstanding of the relationship between the two co-existing conditions.
One aspect of a dual diagnosis is the existence of at least one mental disorder, and the existence of this mental disorder serves as the catalyst or at least a complicating factor in the other existing condition — drug addiction. It is not uncommon for individuals with an addiction or a mental illness to be blind the existence of the problem.
Many suffering from depression and PTSD develop addictions in the process of trying to cope with their mental illness. Drug Treatment Centers Ocala helps patients to understand how their addiction developed and manage their mental illness. In addition, we also evaluate all our patients for underlying addictions or mental illnesses due to the fact that many go undiagnosed for years.
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Researchers generated a wealth of information that reveals the direct correlation between the co-existing conditions of a drug addiction and a mental disorder. It appears when these two conditions are simultaneously present, they have a direct impact on one another, with one condition serving as the catalyst for the other.
This means that it is vital for both conditions to be treated simultaneously. Additionally, when the treatment plan is being developed for each condition, consideration has to be given to the manner in which these two conditions impact one another.
This research as created a power paradigmatic shift in the way that the drug addiction treatment community and mental health care professionals approach co-occurring conditions. The once hard line approach of sequential treatment has been replaced with a more integrated treatment process that involves professionals from both worlds, working together to create comprehensive drug treatment plans that are designed with the specificity necessary to engage each person at their point of need.
This shift in focus has produced an environment in which these two treatment communities now work hand-in-hand to combine the best mental health care treatment modalities with the most successful drug and alcohol addiction treatment therapies. The result has been a significant increase in the number of people who have been able to establish productive lives after battling with a dual diagnosis.
A dual diagnosis is the existence of co-occurring conditions that directly impact one another. Although each condition will require its own treatment, the treatment of both must consider how the opposite condition impacts the function of the condition being treated. A dual diagnosis will have an element associated with drug addiction, and the second condition will be at least one mental disorder.
In order to qualify as a dual diagnosis, the mental disorder has to be listed and defined in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. An addiction, in and of itself, can be a highly complicated condition, but a dual diagnosis brings with it complexity on an entirely different level. This is why careful attention has to be given to the treatment process.
A good dual diagnosis treatment program will ensure that the person is receiving parallel treatment in which both conditions are addressed with consideration being given to how each condition impacts the other. It is also extremely important that the program has a support mechanism that is designed to edify the person in a manner that serves to elevated their self-esteem and self-image, in lieu of being judgmental and condemning.
If you are struggling with co-occurring disorders and would like treatment, call Drug Treatment Centers Ocala at (352) 360-7348.
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