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It is not unusual for someone dealing with stress and depression to self-medicate with drugs. At Trenton Alcohol Treatment Centers, we treat many individuals whose addiction began as a result of unresolved trauma, life stressors and mental disorders. The death of a loved one, loss of a career or divorce can cause people to end up in depressed states. These imbalances are common factors that contribute to addiction. When a mental illness occur concurrently with addiction, it is referred to as dual diagnosis.

The staff at Trenton Alcohol Treatment Centers are keenly aware that a mental illness co-occurring with addiction can exacerbate psychological issues.  Dual diagnosis is also not easy to diagnose. As a result, many do not get the appropriate care to overcome this condition.  To accurately diagnose our patients, Alcohol Treatment Centers provide a thorough physical and psychological evaluation. At Trenton Alcohol Treatment Centers, identification and treatment of dual diagnosis conditions is a key component of our rehabilitation process.

According to the National Institute of mental Health, depression affect more than 17 million Americans each year.  A majority of these individuals will turn to drugs and alcohol which they hope will help them to cope with the suffering caused by these mental imbalances. Although these chemical substances may temporarily reduce the effects of stress and depression, they eventually aggravate the symptoms and can even intensify the problem.

It is also important to recognize that most people who abuse drugs because of a mental illness may not be able to seek the help they need. It is therefore important for loved ones to be aware of the signs that indicate there is a mental illness so that they can take the necessary steps to get their loved ones into a treatment facility that administer dual diagnosis care.  You may be dealing with a dual diagnosis condition if:

  • Depression and the inability to cope with stressful conditions was evident prior to drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Substance abuse began after a major life changing event such as the death of a loved one, divorce and loss of a job, home or other financial reverses.
  • Drug or alcohol is typically used to help the individual to make it through the day or night.
  • The person frequently allude to wanting to die, not having a reason to live.
  • Suicidal thoughts and conversations about killing oneself is an aspect of the dual diagnosis.
  • The individual has noticeably lost interest in activities outside of substance abuse.   

If these symptoms describes you or a loved one, it may be time to seek professional help. These warning signs indicate a high risk category for people with dual diagnosis.  Government records indicate that approximately nine million Americans meet the dual diagnosis criteria.

Because substance abuse often induce mental problem, diagnosing a primary psychiatric illness in the presence of addiction can be challenging.  The evaluation process provided at our rehab facility enables our multidisciplinary addiction specialists to differentiate between substance induced and a pre-existing mental illness. This differentiation will ultimately determine the components of the treatment program that we customize for the patient. Studies show a high success rate in patients who are accurately diagnosed and receive dual diagnosis treatment.  This success is translated in the ability to sustain long term sobriety after the rehab process. Unfortunately, not all drug treatment centers provide this valuable service.

Trenton Addiction Treatment Centers is a substance abuse disorder facility that offer a comprehensive and integrative evidence-based treatment for addiction.  This includes dual diagnosis treatment for patients suffering with comorbid conditions.  If you or a family member has been self-medicating with drugs or alcohol because of emotional imbalances, we can help.  Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Trenton today at 609-770-6140 for information about our dual diagnosis and other addiction treatment programs.

About Trenton

Like many cities all across America, Trenton, New Jersey is a city steeped in history.  This city is probably best known for its pivotal role in the Revolutionary War as the site of the Battle of Trenton that turned out to be George Washington’s first military victory in that war. Today, Trenton is in a state of change.  Sadly, part of that change includes razing many of the city’s historical buildings that were left to fall into disrepair. Recently however, efforts have begun to save and restore rather than destroy these beautiful old structures that is so much a part of the city’s heritage.  A drive through the streets of Trenton, which is the capital of New Jersey and part of the metropolitan area of New York provide a stark comparison between areas that have been completely modernized, those still in disrepair and beautifully restored structures such as the 19th century War Memorial, The New Jersey State Capital, The Old Barracks Museum and Trent House.


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