Treatment Options

When administering treatment for coexisting or comorbid conditions, the proven path to recovery has always been comprehensive. Not only does the care need to encompass a combination of different options and plans to adequately address all of the afflictions. The treatment must be given over a long period of time and continue to be given even after a person steps out of an inpatient facility’s doors.

Overall, dual diagnosis treatment is a process. After the initial and detailed diagnosis of what additional issues are affecting an individual, highly qualified clinical staff concentrate on delivering a variety of programs for a person to effectively alleviate his or her symptoms.

  1. The first step is an in-depth consultation. After finding a treatment center in an proximate area through Dual Diagnosis Helpline, they will be evaluated with psychological, pharmacogenetic and other necessary assessments to sufficiently inform staff of the current state of the client and what forms of treatments will be most effective
  2. Secondly, in the case of drug addiction, an individual will be admitted to a detoxification, or detox, program. This step is required in order to ensure a successful recovery. If co-occurring disorders include a battle with substance use, the addiction must be tackled first so that the associated mental disorder can be treated without disturbance. Any continued drug use during therapy can be utterly detrimental and reverse any progress made
  3. Once the detox procedure has cleansed a person from all addictive substances, the real treatment can begin. During this stage of the treatment process, clients will be kept safely secured from the stressors and temptations of the outside environments they came from, allowing them to live clean and stable lives. Clients will also be subject to rules and regulations to keep progress on track, such as submitting to consistent drug screenings. Simply detoxing is only a temporary solution, whereas the reasons one has for using substances is the real problem that needs to be fixed. Changing these internal beliefs and habitual behaviors is the true challenge to any long-lasting recovery. On the bright side, this can be done through evidence-based methodologies such as rehabilitative therapy, support group therapy and other experiential therapies employed by affiliated facilities.
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy: CBT is a therapy that targets the various connections between thoughts, feelings and actions. Therapists can systematically help those with mental health disorders to redirect their patterns of thinking and improve their coping mechanisms by exploring beliefs and other thoughts that lead to self-destructive behaviors
    • Psycho-educational groups: These types of groups aid clients and their support networks with the multiple problems at hand. The person receiving treatment is informed more about his or her particular conditions and are taught how to overcome his or her obstacles in the recovery process
    • Recreational therapy: A broad array of different activities can provide another level of healing. Benefits include strengthening motor skills, developing practical reasoning and even learning relaxation and energy conservation techniques. Through recreations like dance, sports and other communal events, individuals can participate in cooperative social activities
    • Expressive arts therapy: One specific challenge a person faces when dealing with a mental disorder or addiction is the conflictive emotions that are tied to it. Sometimes, those who suffer from multiple conditions can have difficulty finding a constructive outlet for expression. By utilizing mediums such as visual art, music, staged theater and writing forms, an individual can better come to terms with his or her inner feelings and convey them in healthier ways
    • Yoga: This physical and spiritual discipline trains participants in breath control, meditation and maintaining various postures of the body to evoke relaxation and grant health benefits. Different styles focus on particular aspects, but all yoga improves both flexibility and strength
  4. Once an individual’s treatment reaches a point of satisfactory improvement, the stage of outpatient treatment can begin. This option continues the process of recovery and can be influential in cementing the idea of continued education and mental health management. Clients will have access to further group and individual therapy sessions while also beginning the process of transitioning back into the real world.
    • Transitional living: As the name implies, people move out of the treatment center once completing inpatient therapy and can choose to stay in a residence outside the facility before moving back into the real world. While staying in these locations, clients are given less restrictions but are still expected to follow curfew, drug screenings and group sessions
    • Sober living: These living quarters are less rule-oriented than transitional living and only focus on residents being sober by enforcing drug screenings. During this type of stay, individuals can look for work and take the necessary steps towards once again integrating into society
    • Recovery groups: Specifically focused on keeping a person sober, these groups have shown to be very powerful tools for those ridding themselves of addiction. Through these 12-step programs, individuals can use the added skills and apply them towards additional treatments from their doctors, psychiatrists or therapists

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and a co-occurring mental illness, please contact the Dual Diagnosis Helpline at 855-981-6047. A representative will speak with you and help you find the right dual diagnosis treatment center in your area.