Regardless of the type of drugs used or the length of time spent in active addiction, the life of an addict is one filled with dread and anxiety. People stuck in the cycle of addiction oftentimes complain of crippling fear, anxiety problems, deep depression, and an overall feeling of unbearable hopelessness. Far too frequently, people simply attribute these feeling to the results of heavy drug use and never think that they may actually be underlying causes or contributing factors to the addiction itself.
According to a study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as of 2015, there were approximately 21.5 million people in the United States ages 12 and older that were diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder. 39.1 percent of these individuals were also diagnosed with a co-occurring mental illness, meaning that 8.4 million addicts and alcoholics suffer from a dual diagnosis. Yet unfortunately the number is actually much higher as there are a great many addicts and alcoholics who have never been diagnosed.
Never Alone Recovery works with a number of dual diagnosis treatment programs nationwide that can get you the help you need for your addiction issues and any and all underlying issues that you may have. It is never an easy thing to come to terms with the fact that you have an issue with addiction, and this is doubly so when you are also diagnosed with a mental illness of some kind, but the programs we work with are well equipped to handle all of your needs, and to help you through this trying and difficult time.
One of the main goals of the dual diagnosis treatment programs that we work with is to treat an individual’s addiction issues and any underlying mental health concerns simultaneously. It is important that you address both your mental disorder and your addiction at the same time. If you do not take initiative, you may be more prone to relapse after treatment. Before programs that we work with came into existence, people who suffered from a dual diagnosis often times found it difficult to maintain their sobriety.
What usually would occur is that they would attend a traditional substance abuse treatment center and find help for their substance abuse problem. They would receive therapy and the tools that they needed in order to stay sober, but their underlying mental health concerns were often times ignored, missed, or set aside to be dealt with at a later date.
When this occurred the individual’s oftentimes were able to stay sober for a period of time, but when their mental health concern, whether that be depression, bipolar, or any other diagnosable mental illness, returned they were unable to maintain their recovery. Left without the proper medications or tools, they often times went back to drinking or using as a means to self-medicate, being totally unaware that one of the primary factors in their usage was their undiagnosed mental illness.
The dual diagnosis rehab centersin our network treat both the underlying symptoms and the illnesses of addiction or alcoholism. They do not place impetus on one above the other, but rather they understand that in order for true and lasting recovery to take hold, any and all underlying issues must be dealt with during the course of the substance abuse treatment process. They understand that addiction and any mental health concerns must be treated equally, so that the person suffering can find the relief that they need, and the help they require.
Sometimes this will mean that an individual will need the help of a therapist and a psychiatrist, while others times it may simply mean that they need to get help for any post-traumatic stress they may be experiencing. Regardless of what it is that they need in order to experience meaningful recovery, they can find it any one of the dual diagnosis rehab centers that we work with.
The importance of treating any and all underlying mental health concerns cannot be stressed enough, and while sometimes people will not want to admit that they are suffering from depression, or something similar, due to the societal stigma that can be attached, it has been proven that it is almost impossible to maintain recovery if mental health issues are not addressed during some point of the recovery process.
Finding the Right Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program For You
If you or a loved one has a dual diagnosis situation, you should not feel like you are alone with your situation. The first and best thing you can do to get started is call Never Alone Recovery. We will set you up with a personal treatment specialist who will help you understand your addiction, verify your insurance benefits, and find the ideal treatment program for you. We understand your pain and frustration with the situation – we are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our hotline at 844-264-4445 today and let us help you get started and stay on the road to recovery!