Everything an Addict Should Know about Dual Diagnosis

Turning on the news in today’s ever growing, ever showing world can be a traumatic event. With all the international turmoi

Oct 31

Turning on the news in today’s ever growing, ever showing world can be a traumatic event. With all the international turmoil and political anarchy occurring, it seems that everybody across the country is divided. Everybody is arguing about some cause or another and why their opinion is better than X, Y, and Z. Regardless of what channel you turn to or paper you pick up, there is some sort of frustrating grandiosity happening. In a country that is supposedly “United”, it seems that the illuminated ideals of our forefathers are burning.

However, despite the current rantings, there are still plenty of things that this flickering great nation can still agree upon. Prioritizing the voice of the voiceless masses, there is an opioid/addiction epidemic that is causing quite a bitter disturbance. The disease of alcoholic thinking is a nasty Green Beret of a disease lurking in the shadows as it deteriorates its vessel and all its surroundings. Sounds pretty grim right?

Unfortunately, addiction is a disease as any other that is here to stay. It must be diagnosed like any other disease while be treated accordingly on an individual basis. It’s an ugly disease that nobody can run from. It’s a tormenting obsession in itself, but for that to be one of your largest problems- consider yourself lucky. There are others that carry this tormenting sickness along with other diseases, disorders, and illnesses. Welcome to the life of somebody with dual diagnosis.

Dually Educated

Dual diagnosis, sometimes known as “co-existing disorders,” is when a mental health disorder and alcoholic thinking cross paths. It is a difficult road that requires attentive treatment services and medication regimens. Most sickness’ of the sort have no cure, including alcoholism, but this is not a death sentence. Although most dual diagnosis’ analyzations are more or less permanent psychological conclusions, there is still plenty of hope for the addict trying to hold up such weight.  

There are plenty of dual diagnosis treatments depending on the mental combination. Each illness needs to be addressed separately once any sort of healing process is to begin. Unfortunatly, with the growing number of those afflicted, not everybody needing help ends up receiving it. It’s a terrible thing to witness as those with so much promise and potential end up burning out before their candle is at it’s brightest.

An Asylum Nation

Studies show that about one-third of all individuals suffering from a mental disorder also struggle with substance abuse. The two go hand in hand in a catalyst, domino effect sequence of misfortune. In recent studies according to a 2014 poll done by National Alliance of Mental Illness’, there were over 7.9 million people experiencing some sort of mental disorder and substance abuse problem concurrently.

While any mental disorder duct taped to substance abuse is determined to be a dual diagnosis, some sickness’ are more consistent appearance. The more commonly seen DSM acknowledged disorders in today’s studies include:

  • Personality disorders (antisocial, borderline, narcissistic)
  • Szophchirenia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Anxiety disorders (panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Both dependency and mental illness encompass an unpredictable mysteriousness about them. Most of the time there is never any warning of the oncoming mental barriers approaching thru dual diagnosis. Most diseases just slowly merge into our complete psych right before our very own eyes.

woman with mental health issues

Two is NOT Better than One

Yes to deal with dual diagnosis seems like a nightmare come true because in a lot of ways it is. Neither of the two pieces to this mental puzzle are to be undermined, but with treatment, of course, there is hope. Most medical blueprints have concluded that handling both sides of dual diagnosis in a simultaneous approach has proven most effective. It is unimportant to know which disorder occurred first or even which one is more bothersome. The facts are that they both exist and that they both require attentive detail.

Any mental disorder is a psychological disability that creates frustrating handicaps. Yet co-existing disorders are extremely common among people who have addictive personalities. In today’s day of age, nearly everybody is dealing with some sort of unplanned mental error. It’s amazing how much burden can be carried behind the Cheshire smiles of some.

Lights, Camera, ACTION

Upon bringing light to the issues at hand, everything miraculously changes for the better. It’s truly remarkable the difference in quality of life once a key is provided for the mental handcuffs of dual diagnosis. The reality of it is that there are people close to us going thru the same burden that can shed light to the ordeal. We are never truly alone in this life no matter what it is that we want to victimize ourselves into believing.

Every day there are individuals with new diagnosis’ that are shocked to learn of their analysis. However, every day there are those that stomp the odds into the ground and go on to live normal, comfortable lives while leaving bipolar tendencies or depressed ideals in the dust. Life is much more than having to be confined to the walls of mental obsession.

Of course, every treatment plan will be different than the last, even with parallel dual diagnosis’ in some patients. Every treatment plan is formed into an individualized mold for that specific person and their challenges at hand. There is definitely not a “one size fits all” type of solution. With many outcomes for each psychoanalyzed individual on the horizon, one thing for certain is that the recovering side of everything has much more promise than the overtime delivered misery unrecognized in untreated dual diagnosis.

Owning the Disease(s)

Treating dual diagnosis is a complex process that requires a full team of professionals equipped to address any and all issues that might arise. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.   

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