Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Many people don’t know that they could benefit from visiting a dual diagnosis treatment center because there is so much confusion around the term.

Often, individuals will suffer from dual diagnosis for a while before realizing that there are other issues to address besides their drug, alcohol, or other addiction.

The road to recovery is a long and potentially complicated one, but the more you know in the beginning, the easier the process may be.

Let’s start by lending some clarity to the term “dual diagnosis”: this is the disorder that occurs when there are one or more mental health disorders coupled with a substance abuse disorder.

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In 2017, 8.5 million American adults had both substance use disorder and one or more mental illnesses.

Medical care providers used to address the addiction without treating the mental health condition, which would often lead to a great chance of relapse or one condition worsening the other.

Today, we know better than to address dual diagnosis in this narrow-minded way.

Our healthy, holistic, and patient-centered treatment options are carefully designed to treat each problem so that our patients don’t get caught in a cycle of addiction and unhealthy behaviors.

We can remove the barriers standing between you and recovery, and it all starts with a simple phone call. Depending on the type and severity of your addiction, our inpatient treatment programs often begin with medical detox.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers – Importance of Mind and Body

We understand the importance of a clear mind and body on the road to recovery, and we want to set you up for success. We also understand that individuals who don’t seek help will often turn to self-medicating.

Self-medicating makes each problem worse, so we encourage you to break free from the fear and confusion of addiction today and let us help you in a safe and comfortable setting.

Inpatient treatments are built to set our patients up for success by eliminating the chance of relapse, removing patients from settings full of temptation, and providing all of the tools you need to succeed.

You’ll have all of the benefits of a supportive, understanding, and well-trained community in our staff, as well as doctors who can ease any potential discomfort or pain you feel in your recovery.

Additionally, you’ll have the support of individuals who are on similar journeys, and many of our patients find that group therapy is incredibly helpful.


Common Causes of Dual Diagnosis

Because mental health and substance abuse disorders are closely related and often develop from the same core causes, it makes complete sense for them to present themselves together.

Approximately 17.5 million adults in the U.S. had a serious mental health disorder over the last year. The perceived stigma around mental health issues and substance disorders prevents many people from seeking help, but we know more about these conditions than ever before.

It is important for each of our patients to understand that there is no shame in trying to change your life for the better by breaking the hold that your mental health condition or abuse disorder has over you.

It’s hard to say which issue occurs first in most cases, but we do know that the combination often leaves people feeling stuck. This is a difficult condition to overcome alone, and it’s easy to become tempted or triggered if you don’t have professional help or a support system.

Dual Diagnosis - A father and son enjoy a laugh over coffee. Genetics play a role in mental health and addiction also know as a dual diagnosis.


Dual Diagnosis – Genetic Factors

Genetic predispositions and environmental factors play a huge part in the development of dual diagnosis. These factors, along with others like mental or physical abuse, low self-esteem, and early exposure, all make it harder for an individual to avoid dual diagnosis.

As we continue to learn, grow, and evolve in the medical field and in our own rehabilitation facility, we find better ways to monitor, address, and remedy both the condition and the underlying issues that contribute to it.

Letting our professional team of addiction specialists talk to you about your addictions, mental and physical health issues, and the treatment options available to you is a great first step.


Common Dual Diagnosis Combinations

One of the most common combinations in dual diagnosis disorders is a mental health disorder coupled with alcohol addiction.

Alcohol is easy to find, affordable, normalized, and commonly consumed to celebrate or ease stress. Alcohol addiction is difficult to predict (outside of genetic factors), but because it causes an increase in the happiness chemical dopamine, it’s very easy to abuse.

When the brain stops producing dopamine on its own because it has become reliant on alcohol, many people will be left feeling depressed, anxious, or trapped. Substances and mental health disorders feed off each other, creating a vicious cycle that is hard to break free from.

We can help with that. Drugs that alter the body’s central nervous system in similar ways, whether prescription or illicit, also hold the potential for contributing to dual diagnosis.

Self-medicating, ingesting illicit drugs, or abusing prescription medications can cause irreparable harm, both mentally and physically. Our approach helps you address each present issue and find peace within your body and mind.

Dual Diagnosis - A man in a camouflaged shirt talks with his therapist. PTSD and addiction are 2 of the more common dual diagnosis issues people face.

Other common combinations include:

Each combination comes with its own unique set of symptoms and challenges, but none of them are beyond the reach of professional help.

We’ve spent years developing the right programs, methods, and teams to help each of our patients in the best way possible.

Substance abuse and mental health disorders are hard to handle, and they’re often scary, too. But what do you have to lose by facing your fears, and giving yourself permission to succeed? Let us help you find a sober, healthy future.


Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers That Accept Medicaid

We are proud to be one of the few rehabilitation facilities that in addition to private insurance we also accept Medicaid for addiction treatment.

This helps ease the financial burden for a great number of our patients. We also accept a variety of other health insurance options.

When you call to speak to one of our addiction specialists, they can perform a quick and easy, complimentary insurance verification for you.

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Affordable Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

If you don’t have health insurance or your coverage falls short, please call to speak to one of our addiction specialists anyway. We have options that may help.

We want to hear from you, tell you about our researched and proven methods, and discuss alternative payment options.

Our dual diagnosis treatment center is built with our patients in mind, and we’ll never treat you like a number or a dollar sign.

Getting healthy is important, so don’t let the fear of falling short financially prevent you from turning your life around. Recovery may be less costly than you think.

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The Best Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

The best inpatient dual diagnosis treatment center is an entirely patient-focused one.

That is our goal at Emerald Isle. Our carefully and thoughtfully developed inpatient treatment program takes place in gorgeous Sun City and Surprise, Arizona.

Your recovery process will include a wide variety of treatment options, holistic methods, plenty of fresh air, and unbeatable scenery.

We believe that hope, health, and recovery go together, and what better place to find them all than right here?

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