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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs in Seattle WA (206) 777-4098

Behavior disorders and drug abuse or alcoholism are often concurrent in addiction patients. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse 6 in 10 people suffering from substance abuse are also battling a mental illness. Rehabilitation facilities such as Alcohol Treatment Centers Seattle offer therapy specifically for those who suffer from coexisting disorders.

Dual Diagnosis is the process of treating those who are battling substance abuse and a mental disorder such as depression or bi-polar disorder. Addiction specialists at a dual diagnosis treatment center can properly address the individual’s addiction with therapy, counseling, and detox while jointly treating the mental disorder with behavioral therapy and psychopathology.

Each patient is different and their addictions are unique from other patients but they do share similar characteristics such as their influence on personal relationships and careers. Addictions can be fueled by either the mental disorder or emotions and stresses such as those stemming from a traumatic event.

Both chemical dependence and mental disorders have psychological, biological and social components. Therefore, the integrated systems of rehabilitation offered by dual diagnosis treatment centers can be very effective because it covers the wide range of influences that frequently stimulate co-existing disorders.

Most Common Mental Illnesses seen in Chemical Dependence Patients

  • Schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • borderline personality disorder
  • depression
  • anxiety and mood disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • sex addiction
  • eating disorders
  • conduct disorders
  • ADD

Common Substances Abused by Patients with Psychiatric Disorders According to SAMHSA

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Opiates
  • Stimulants
  • Sedatives
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Marijuana

Consequences of Untreated Dual Diagnosis

Mental health disorders are often associated with substance addiction because individuals attempt to self-medicate. Anxiety is a good example. In anxiety, a hyperactive central nervous system (CNS) leads individuals to seek depressants, like alcohol, to help suppress unwanted feelings and symptoms. OCD, on the other hand often leads to opiate use because opiates tend to produce feelings of calmness and control.

Both addiction and mental illness are difficult to treat and when untreated can lead to chronic relapse. If the addiction patient seeks help from a center which doesn’t detect the underlying mental health disorder it will likely complicate the patient’s recovery and reduce their quality of life. Proper treatment identifies and assesses the patient’s condition thoroughly.

  • Homelessness
  • Incarceration
  • Medical illnesses
  • Suicide
  • Early Mortality

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

According to the NCBI and numerous studies, accurate identification of dual-diagnosis and immediate intervention with proper integration of psychiatric and chemical addiction therapies improve the recovery outcome. Alcohol Treatment Centers Seattle implements these strategies and focus’s to end the overall addictive cycle. Patients in treatment gain strong recovery habits and comprehend how to best handle situations which trigger their mental health disorder.

  • Decreased substance use
  • Healthier psychiatric symptoms and functioning
  • Decreased hospitalization
  • Increased housing stability
  • Fewer arrests

Methods of Assessment

  • Engage the Client
  • Screen for Disorders
  • Determine severity of mental and substance use disorders
  • Determine appropriate care setting (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, day-treatment)
  • Determine diagnosis
  • Determine disability and impairment
  • Identify strengths and supports
  • Identify cultural / personal needs and supports
  • Identify additional problem areas to address (e.g., physical health, housing, vocational, educational, social, spiritual, cognitive, etc.)
  • Determine motivation
  • Plan Treatment

Following assessment behavior treatment, addiction therapy, counseling, and after care are all apart of rehabilitation. Depending on status after completing above therapy the patient may want to move to an aftercare facility for an easier transition back into their old environment. Dual diagnosis treatment centers help patients plan for the future to avoid relapse and encourage a healthy life long recovery.

For more information on dual diagnosis treatment, please call us today. Alcohol Treatment Centers Seattle can help you break your ties to all substances of abuse. Speak with a specialist now at (206) 777-4098.

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