Soul Surgery, the premier state-of-the-art dual diagnosis treatment Arizona facility, assists those who have dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders (COD), or dual pathology.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders refer to those who have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue and can cover a wide range of severe to moderate substance abuse disorders, as well as a variety of mental health concerns.
Substance use issues can include pain killers, alcohol, amphetamines, opioids, and more. Mental illness can include anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
Because certain kinds of drug abuse and addiction can lead to psychiatric symptoms, it’s essential that a licensed professional diagnose the patient. The professional must understand the differences between pre-existing mental health issues and substance-induced mental health issues and whether genetic or environmental factors lead to the problems.
Whether a patient has a panic disorder as well as opiate addiction, or psychosis and alcohol dependence, or depression and cannabis abuse, both the patient’s substance issues and mental health issues must be treated simultaneously for a patient to achieve and maintain sobriety and lead a healthy, fulfilling life.
Who Has Co-Occurring Disorders?
According to a survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), roughly 17 percent of U.S. adults have co-occurring disorders.
This percentage equates to approximately 8 million people in need of help.
Soul Surgery dual diagnosis rehab takes these conditions very seriously and understands the balances that need to occur for individuals with co-occurring disorders to recover and maintain sobriety.
While addiction never happens in a vacuum, patients with dual diagnosis require special care and attention that can be provided by Soul Surgery’s professional healthcare providers.
Why Choose Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Mental illness can change the way a patient experiences and copes with addiction, and the two issues must be treated concurrently to be effective. According to SAMSHA, those who have a mental illness or mental health issues are more likely than those without mental health issues to abuse alcohol or drugs. And one can trigger the other.
Depending on the DOC (drug of choice), addiction can, understandably, lead to a mental health issue such as anxiety. On the other hand, a mental health issue such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can trigger dependency on a harmful substance. And mental health issues like these are not uncommon. PTSD, for example, is experienced by 7 or 8 percent of people at some point, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Customized Patient Dual Diagnosis
It’s essential to understand the way these issues can interact with each other on a patient-by-patient basis. Frequently, substance abuse disorders get treated without attention to mental health, or mental health gets treated without attention to substance abuse disorder. When one side of this spectrum remains untreated, it is more difficult for someone to maintain sobriety, even if they achieve temporary sobriety.
For a patient to make a full recovery from substance abuse, other areas of their life must be tended to, and a patient’s mental health is paramount.
For example, involving the patient’s family in the recovery process is critical to the patient’s success. Soul Surgery Rehab works with the patients’ entire landscape, for no one moves in isolation. Moreover, SAMSHA confirms that “undiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated co-occurring disorders can lead to a higher likelihood of experiencing homelessness, incarceration, medical illnesses, suicide, or even early death.” Co-occurring disorders can have serious consequences when one or both issues remain untreated.
The Best Treatment for Dual Diagnosis in Arizona
Integrated treatments, such as the progressive treatments offered by Soul Surgery Rehab, are the most effective way to help patients with COD.
These treatment strategies, of course, will vary from patient to patient and will be tailored to individual needs. Integrated treatments for those with dual diagnosis can include Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), Professional Counseling, Psychoeducational group work, the Twelve-step method, Bio-Feedback, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), IV Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and a plethora of other services offered by Soul Surgery Rehab as part of their fully licensed Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Outpatient (OP) programs. All of these programs are conveniently offered under one roof.
In addition to their evidence-based psychodynamic and medical treatments, the team at Soul Surgery Rehab believes that the integration of the physical self is critical to recovery. Therefore, Soul Surgery Rehab includes all of the following onsite: a full gym, basketball court, tennis court, swimming pool, and a private chef.
The Soul Surgery Addiction and Mental Health Centers’ holistic approach and integrated treatments ensure that our patients’ needs are met across the spectrum of mental, physical, and emotional health.
What causes dual diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis is most commonly referred to as the description of the combination of substance abuse and mental health disorder(s). It’s estimated that 1 in 4 adults with a mental illness also have a substance abuse disorder.
There are a few different theories on what causes dual diagnosis. But, most researches and professionals believe that it’s a combination of factors, some of which include: biology, one issue causing another, the malfunctioning of a coping mechanism, improper diagnosis, brain abnormalities, and overlapping environmental triggers. Sometimes one condition presents itself before the other, and sometimes both conditions begin seemingly at the same time.
How is dual diagnosis treated?
Because of the complexity of dual diagnosis, and the fact that the combination of diagnoses varies, dual diagnosis treatment through a reputable treatment facility offers the best outcomes in successful recovery.
What kinds of doctors help you in this treatment?
Psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, counselors, and therapists typically work together to treat dual diagnosis. Different providers may be more present at different points of treatment, but typically a person will see a variety of providers, all that work together for a comprehensive treatment approach.
What is the difference between comorbidity and dual diagnosis?
Comorbidity, Co-occurring, and dual diagnosis all refer to the presence of a substance abuse disorder along with a mental health diagnosis. All three terms mean the same thing.