Up to 65% of people who abuse substances have a co-occurring disorder, and they are most effectively treated concurrently. Treatment of substance abuse and mental health concerns used to be completed separately, but research over the last several years indicates that the two diagnoses frequently go hand-in-hand and benefit from being treated together; this is referred to as dual diagnosis treatment. Frequently those with a mental health concern attempt to self-medicate in order to try to feel better, which can eventually lead to addiction and has a compounding effect on the mental illness, even though short term it might seem like it is helping the person feel better.
A co-occurring diagnosis can be a major influence and contributor to substance abuse and addiction because when additional chemicals are introduced to the neurotransmitter structure of the central nervous system, this can amplify symptoms of addiction or a mental health disorder and lead to a much more significant problem. Corner Canyon Health Centers is an experienced dual diagnosis treatment center that is dedicated to treating both substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.
Dual diagnosis isn’t just a new trendy medical term. It’s truly effective addiction treatment. An addiction so often occurs with and is linked to mental health disorders that the separate treatment of them in people with both no longer makes sense. Ardu’s Utah dual diagnosis treatment can give those suffering from mental health disorders and addiction the best chance to recover.
Treating a dual diagnosis patient for their addiction alone does not address the root of the problem. Just like when weeding a garden, if you don’t remove the root then the weed will just return. There are a variety of mental health disorders that addiction can coexist with. These can include but aren’t limited to:
If you suffer from an addiction along with a mental health disorder then dual diagnosis treatment is probably the best thing for you. It can treat the addiction itself while also working to enhance your personal and mental health.
Corner Canyon’s medical, psychiatric, and clinical team completes a full assessment prior to beginning treatment planning. This is crucial to effective intervention since each individual’s concerns are different and a cookie-cutter approach frequently misses important factors that are influencing the person and can impede progress if not addressed.
Co-occurring diagnoses can improve quickly if treated concurrently since one concern influences the other. Once a client is fully assessed they begin to participate in Corner Canyon’s treatment program, which includes components that address each individual’s concerns. Co-occurring diagnoses in clients who abuse substances include:
-Depression and Anxiety
-Personality Disorders like Narcissism, Borderline, Anti-Social, and Histrionic
-Oppositional Defiant Disorder
-Mild Eating Disorders
-High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
The most effective treatment of substance use disorders includes concurrent treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders. Corner Canyon’s diagnostic and treatment teams evaluate whether these disorders exist, then plan treatment that addresses these concerns behaviorally, mentally, emotionally, and with medication if necessary.
A thorough assessment is needed to determine if you or a loved one have co-occurring disorders. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, our inpatient services can help you treat any substance abuse issue that is coinciding with mental health concerns. We do so by determining what is causing the self-medicating and addiction, and help the client change the cycle into a healthier one. With a variety of helpful treatment options, we are able to get to the root of the problem and help our clients get their lives back. To learn more, fill out the form below to schedule an evaluation.