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Understanding Dual Diagnosis

A “dual diagnosis” is when a person has a mental illness and an addiction. When dealt with alone, either condition could be challenging or even potentially deadly. When put together, the conditions reinforce and interact with each other. This combination can cause recovery to be even more difficult or impossible for you or your loved one to accomplish without help.

While the specific causes of dual-diagnosis conditions aren’t fully understood, researchers know that family history, genetics, brain chemistry, and environmental factors all tend to play a role. People who receive care for both conditions have the greatest chance of success.

If you have a dual diagnosis, you may feel helpless and as if you have no options. Not only are you dealing with mental illness, but you also have an addiction that likely began as a way to cope with the symptoms.

Shadow Mountain Recovery can help you:
  • Detox and withdrawal in a safe environment, ridding your body of substances
  • Regain control of your life
  • Leave addiction behind
  • Improve your physical and emotional health
  • Achieve stability, recovery, and improved functioning
  • Learn how to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse 
  • Understand the relationship between your illness and behaviors
  • Receive help from a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and other mental healthcare providers

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The Many Types of Dual Disorders

About half of people with a mental illness also have a substance use disorder. The connection likely is because people use substances in an attempt to cope with the symptoms of their mental health issues, although the cause-effect relationship can go in the opposite direction for some people.

Most treatment providers agree there is no single type of dual disorder. There are many kinds of mental illnesses that, combined with a substance use disorder, would classify as a dual diagnosis.

Some common mental health conditions that occur alongside a substance use disorder include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Some of the substances that you may find yourself struggling with the use of, alongside your mental health condition, include:

At Shadow Mountain Recovery, we simultaneously address both aspects of the problem, increasing the likelihood of long-term recovery and sobriety.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Shadow Mountain Recovery

Dual diagnosis at Shadow Mountain Recovery begins with a thorough evaluation and assessment to understand what mental health concerns and addictions we’re dealing with.

Dual diagnosis can take many forms, and each person is unique and will need a tailored treatment plan to experience the real benefit of recovery. Once we understand the situation, we can begin creating this individualized approach.

Treatment options for dual diagnosis may include:

In treatment at Shadow Mountain, you may experience:

  • Activity-Based Therapies. These activities can include anything from art to yoga, but they’re meant to help you engage in therapeutic treatment through practice. We offer experiential therapy because many studies prove how effective integration can be in treatment.
  • Evidence-Based Therapies. Research-supported approaches to therapy can greatly assist with understanding, processing, and coping with mental health concerns.
  • Trauma-Informed Care. Substance abuse is often linked to trauma that a person hasn’t processed. We help you identify and work through this trauma for healing.

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Individualized Plans for Dual Diagnoses

People with dual diagnosis must focus treatment efforts on substance use and mental illness, and that treatment should happen simultaneously for the greatest impact. 

Only treating one problem while leaving the other untreated could cause the original problem to grow stronger. Both issues must be addressed together for the person to truly heal. Not exploring these areas leaves you at risk for ongoing issues.

That’s why at Shadow Mountain Recovery Centers, we create personalized therapy plans that treat both issues concurrently. 

If you’re ready to commit to recovery and healing, we’re here to help. We accept most major insurances. We never want finances to get in the way of getting the treatment you deserve. Our admissions specialists are ready to help you start treatment.

Don’t wait another day to get the help you or a loved one needs.