Life is difficult enough when you are suffering from a mental health disorder like depression, anxiety, or PTSD without the added burdens brought on by substance abuse or an addiction. For many people, though, the symptoms they endure every day lead to a complicated and complex coexistence of self-treating their mental and emotional pain with the use of alcohol or drugs.
Medical history and genetic vulnerability, early childhood trauma, environmental factors, dietary imbalances, and shifting brain chemistry have been studied as possible contributors to the onset of mental health disorders and a person’s predisposition towards addictive behaviors.
If you are caught in a vicious cycle of emotional hurting that leads you to seek refuge and release through alcohol or other addictive substances, Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles can help resolve your dual diagnosis. At our specialized dual diagnosis treatment center, there is relief within reach.
What Does a Dual Diagnosis Look Like?
A dual diagnosis can take various forms depending on the addiction and mental illness you are diagnosed with. With a dual diagnosis, it can be difficult to diagnose your underlying mental health disorder until your drug or alcohol addiction is treated, as substances can mask many symptoms.
If you are struggling with a dual diagnosis, you may experience difficulties maintaining relationships, withdraw socially and isolate yourself, have a hard time getting in tune with or expressing your emotions, and intensify the symptoms of your mental illness or addiction. If you are active in your addiction, you may be less likely to receive adequate medical care, are more likely to experience severe medical complications and early death, and are at an increased risk of impulsive or potentially violent acts.
Abusers of drugs and alcohol who leave their addictions and mental disorders untreated are more likely to both attempt suicide or to die from their suicide attempts.
Treating Dual Diagnosis
Clearview Treatment Programs is one of the premier dual diagnosis treatment programs in the country. Our treatment team has vast expertise treating complicated dual diagnosis, enabling you to get the specialized treatment you need to make a recovery from your addiction and mental health disorder.
At our dual diagnosis treatment clinic, we aim to first help you end your substance abuse so that we can more successfully treat your underlying mental health disorder. Clearview provides integrated evidence-based treatment at our dual diagnosis residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient programs to enhance your chances for a full and long-lasting recovery.
As part of your recovery process, Clearview enables you to reconnect with yourself, learn to express healthy emotions, practice self-control, and participate in individualized, family-centered, and group therapies. Your care may involve medications, but you will also find helpful behavioral and cognitive therapy, and a 12-step component, as parts of the full range of beneficial treatments available during your healing process.
We understand you may be hurting, but your pain can be healed. Clearview Treatment Programs is here to assist you no matter what is causing your suffering. We can help you return to health so you can enjoy a long, happy, and fulfilling life again.
Dual Diagnosis FAQs
Is dual diagnosis common?
About 8 million people, or 17.5 percent of adults, living in the United States who have a mental illness have a co-occurring substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mental health and addiction psychoanalysts progressively believe more and more that brain disorders and substance abuse disorders are biologically and physiologically constructed. Combinations of mental illness and substance abuse are now so common that many clinicians expect to discover and treat both.
What causes a dual diagnosis?
To have a dual diagnosis means you have both a drug or alcohol addiction and a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Many people struggling with symptoms of mental illness use alcohol or drugs to find relief from their symptoms, which can ultimately lead to a more serious addiction.
How will ending my addiction help treat my dual diagnosis?
In order to successfully treat your dual diagnosis, you need to end your addiction to drugs or alcohol. This is because substances can cover symptoms of your mental health disorder that need to be addressed. It is also because drug and alcohol addiction can create symptoms that resemble a mental illness, often leading to a misdiagnosis and improper treatment. The best dual diagnosis treatment will address both your addiction and mental illness so that you can make a complete recovery from both.