Clearview’s treatment team has vast expertise in treating complicated dual diagnosis cases, enabling clients to get the specialized treatment they need to start on the path towards recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
At our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center, we help our clients by addressing their substance abuse disorder first to treat the underlying mental health disorder more successfully.
As part of the recovery process, Clearview enables individuals to reconnect with themselves, learn to express healthy emotions, practice self-control, and participate in individualized, family-centered, and group therapies. Care may involve medication, but behavioral and cognitive therapy, as well as a 12-step component, are also vital components that serve as part of the healing process.
Life is difficult enough for clients with a mental health disorder without the added burden of a substance abuse disorder. For many people, the symptoms they endure everyday lead to a complicated and complex coexistence of self-medicating with the use of alcohol and/or drugs. Possible contributors to the onset of mental health disorders and a predisposition to addictive behaviors include genetic vulnerability, early childhood trauma, environmental factors, dietary imbalances, and shifting brain chemistry.
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 or a loved one is in a vicious cycle of emotional pain that leads to seeking refuge and release from alcohol or drugs, Clearview’s dual diagnosis treatment program may be beneficial. At our specialized treatment center, relief is within reach.
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What Does a Dual Diagnosis Look Like?
Dual diagnosis can take various forms depending on the addiction and mental disorder. Substance abuse can mask many symptoms, so it can be challenging to diagnose the underlying mental health disorder(s) until the drug or alcohol addiction is treated.
Individuals with dual diagnoses may have trouble maintaining relationships, may withdraw socially and isolate, and may have a hard time expressing their emotions, which can intensify their mental illness or addiction symptoms. When someone is actively in their addiction, they 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.
Untreated substance abuse and mental health disorders can lead to suicide attempts.
Dual Diagnosis FAQs
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 8 million people, or 17.5 percent of adults living in the United States with a mental illness, have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Mental health and addiction psychoanalysts progressively believe 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.
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 more severe addiction.
It’s vital to address substance use as the first part of dual diagnosis treatment. Substances can mask symptoms of mental health disorders, especially because drug and alcohol addiction can cause symptoms that resemble mental illness, which can lead to a misdiagnosis. The most successful dual diagnosis treatment addresses both the addiction as well as the underlying mental illness.