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Dual Diagnosis – Trenton   

A dual diagnosis is a condition in which person is addicted to a substance, such as cocaine, and also has a mental illness, such as an anxiety disorder. Dual diagnosis is a common occurrence, but can make substance abuse treatment more difficult.

At Drug Treatment Centers Trenton, we understand the importance of dual diagnosis treatment in order to ensure a complete and successful recovery. If you or someone you love suffers from co-existing disorders, call the dual diagnosis treatment experts at Trenton Drug Rehab for more information. Dial 609-770-6140 today.

The Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Connection

Researchers have identified a number of cause-and-effect relationships between mental health disorders and addiction. For example, some people with a dual diagnosis may have experienced a mental illness first and may use drugs or alcohol as a means of self-medication.

Others may develop a drug or alcohol addiction and start to experience a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety related to the drug abuse. Because drugs and/or alcohol affect a person’s brain chemistry, these changes can lead to imbalances that contribute to a mental health problem.

Mental Health Disorders Commonly Associated With Addiction

Mental health disorders can vary in type and severity. However, there are some mental health illnesses that are more commonly associated with addiction. These include the following conditions:

  • Eating Disorders: These disorders occur when a person tries to gain control of his or her weight or feels as if the person can no longer control eating. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
  • Depression: Depression is a condition that causes a person to experience extreme hopelessness, anxiety or sadness. A person may turn to alcohol or drug abuse to escape these thoughts or to lift his or her mood.
  • OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes a person to become obsessively fixated in certain thoughts or behaviors to the point where a person can think of nothing else.
  • PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a person experiences a very stressful and/or life-altering event. Examples could include military conflict, abuse or a natural disaster.
  • Anxiety: Anxiety is a condition that causes a person to experience a high level of fear with no known reason. Anxiety can affect a person’s ability to interact with others or even to go outdoors. A person may use drugs as a means to relax or escape these thoughts.

How Prevalent Is Dual Diagnosis?

An estimated 33 percent of people with a mental illness and 50 percent of those with a severe mental illness also have a substance abuse addiction, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

One-third of all people who suffer from alcohol addiction suffer from mental illness while 50 percent of people who abuse drugs also have a mental illness, according to NAMI. Men have a greater risk for experiencing a dual diagnosis than women.

What Treatments Are Available?

Drug Treatment Centers Trenton offers a variety of treatment approaches to help a person manage the substance abuse problem and mental illness.

Psychopharmacology: Psychopharmacology is the practice of prescribing medications to help a person manage his or her mental illness. Numerous medications are available, including anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, sedatives and anxiolytics.

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy allows a person who suffers from substance abuse addiction and mental illness the opportunity to share his or her feelings and thoughts related to life and/or addiction.

Behavioral Management: Behavioral management is one of the most popular approaches to substance abuse treatment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This approach involves teaching a person the thoughts and actions that can help him or her resist the urge to abuse drugs and/or alcohol.

Continued Treatments for Dual Diagnosis

Co-occurring disorders often require continued treatment to successfully manage. This includes the need for individual counseling and medication management. A person may also wish to participate in continued group counseling or a 12-step program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

To learn more about dual diagnosis treatments programs at Drug Treatment Centers Trenton, please call 609-770-6140.

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