For many years the treatment for substance abuse and the treatment for mental health concerns was separate. If an individual suffered from depression and an addiction to alcohol they were treated for one or the other, and the interplay between these two illnesses was rarely addressed. It was not truly understood that many individuals with a dual diagnosis were using as a means of self-medicating, and since this notion had not made its way into the lexicon of substance abuse treatment, many people failed to recover as a result.
Today, this is not the case, and we understand the necessity of treating alcoholism or addiction and treating any and all underlying mental health concerns. At Pasadena Recovery Center’s Pasadena, California Dual Diagnosis Treatment, we realize that recovery is only possible if the totality of the issues at hand are dealt with. We understand that a person who suffers from depression or any other underlying mental health concern must be given the tools they need in order to deal with this mental health concern while they are also recovering from their addictions. We understand that both must be addressed separately and simultaneously if they are to have the best possible chance at recovery, and at our Pasadena, California Dual Diagnosis treatment we seek to do just that.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis, like the kind we treat at our Pasadena, California Dual Diagnosis treatment, refers to a diagnosis of alcoholism or addiction and a co-existing emotional or mental health disorder.
Often times individuals who suffer from a dual diagnosis are unaware of the existence of their mental health concern, and they are also unaware that their substance abuse was driven in part by a need to self-medicate. They only understood that when they used substances they were better able to cope with life, and as a result, they began to use or drink as a means to alleviate other pre-existing conditions.
While self-medicating will work for a period of time, very often it will lead to a furthering of the addiction issues and of the initial mental health concern as well. The reason for this is evident because not only is the individual not dealing with the underlying causes and concerns that led to the self-medicating, but they are also using powerful and highly addictive substances in order to combat these underlying symptoms.
Some of the most common mental health concerns that are addressed through our Pasadena, California Dual Diagnosis treatment are:
- Depressive disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders, including panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias
- Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and personality disorders
- In other cases, when alcohol or drug dependency is the primary disorder, severe substance abuse can create symptoms of a psychiatric disorder including depression, fits of rage, hallucinations, or suicide attempts.
It can be difficult for some people to come to terms with the fact that they have a dual diagnosis, as they do not want to feel stigmatized by their addictions and the fact that they have an underlying mental health concern. This feeling is understandable, but in reality dual diagnosis, the kind of which we treat at our Pasadena, California Dual Diagnosis treatment, is rather common.
According to a report by the Journal of the American Medical Association 37% of all alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental health concern. Of all people diagnosed with a mental illness, 29% abuse either alcohol or drugs. Someone suffering from schizophrenia is at a 10.1% increased risk of being an alcoholic or drug user, and someone suffering from an antisocial personality disorder is at a 15.5% increased risk of being an alcoholic or drug user.
Pasadena Recovery Center’s Approach to Dual Diagnosis
Our Pasadena, California Dual Diagnosis treatment is an inpatient treatment program for individuals suffering from substance abuse and psychiatric problems. The Pasadena Recovery Center treatment philosophy for clients that are dual diagnosis is to successfully educate them about their mental disorder and medication maintenance while maintaining the 12-steps of sobriety.
Some of the services offered include:
- The Primary Case Manager and the Treatment Team will assess the client’s needs and create a dual-treatment plan
- A Physician will complete Medical Exams & Psych Evaluations
- Daily Goal Setting & Planning
- Individual & Family Counseling with the Psychiatrist
- Selection and application process for a 12-Step Sponsor as clinically indicated
- 12-Step Meetings
- 12-Step Education as relevant to the individual patient
- Outpatient follow-up
- Placement in appropriate Sober Living and or Board & Care Facilities
While it can sometimes feel like the issues you are facing are insurmountable, with help from Pasadena Recovery Center, nothing is impossible. At this point in time treatment for Dual Diagnosis is fairly standard and while it may require some extra work and some extra support, overcoming your addiction and your mental health concern is not only possible, it is probable.
Seeking Treatment for Dual Diagnosis in Pasadena
If you believe that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you think that you may need to seek help, then call the professionals at Pasadena Recovery Center today at 1-866-663-3030. Our trained staff is well aware of how difficult it can be to ask for help and we understand that leaving behind a life of addiction for a life of recovery can be tremendously frightening. We are here to help you in any way we can through this trying and difficult time, so give us a call today and take the first step towards a new life of sobriety.