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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Individuals who are coping with the menace of alcoholism, substance abuse or severe mental disorders can often feel extremely low, like they are in a deep pit from where recovery seems near impossible. It’s like reaching a point of no return, and this is what people in the grip of alcohol or drug addiction frequently experience. The person suffering from addiction feels easily overwhelmed, due to the constant craving for drugs and/or alcohol, and the emotional side effects caused by the continuous use of illicit substances.

Some years ago, sufferers were first advised to stop using drugs and alcohol, and thereafter attempt to treat their mental health disorders. However in the last decade, it became extremely clear that the best possible approach to drug rehabilitation is an effective dual diagnosis treatment. This treatment should be carefully tailored to suit the needs of the dependent individual, and should be developed to ensure treatment for both their addiction, and for any underlying mental health issues that may be impacting their recovery.

At SLO Recovery Centers, we offer a multi-dimensional dual diagnosis treatment approach. This has been carefully developed to provide relief to those who possess a dependence on drugs, and takes into account the co-effects of other disorders such as anxiety, fear, depression, insomnia and various other conditions which can be simultaneously treated in a holistic manner. The objective of this treatment is to ensure that the patient is able to resume their life, safe, healthy and free from the negative effects of substance abuse.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Symptoms and Signs that Dual Diagnosis Treatment is Essential

Families can look for or take note of the certain signs and symptoms in their loved ones who are living with substance abuse and untreated mental health disorders:

  • Alcoholism or drug dependence and mental health disorders.
  • Anxiety, fear, depression, grief, sorrow, pain that affect the daily lifestyle.
  • Cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol or illicit drugs.
  • Repercussions in daily life due to symptoms of drug use or mental health disorders.
  • Difficult relationships at home, work place, married life or in the community.
  • Financial woes due to employment loss.
  • Physical dependence, disability and mental health issues.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment – Interventions

Each patient will be individually assessed, taking into account any underlying diagnosis. A treatment plan will then be formulated to ensure that both the addiction and underlying mental health issues are addressed and treated. Patients can now enjoy a combination of the following therapies or treatment for co-occurring conditions.

Medication – At times, medication may be required to treat withdrawal symptoms, control cravings and treat symptoms related to mental health. Medical monitoring will continue for the entire duration of treatment which will ensure that the dosages are correct.

Conventional Therapies – One-to-one therapies, group sessions and family programs may be a part of an individual’s treatment itinerary to ensure a complete recovery from addiction. This is achieved by understanding the core underlying issues that are actually the driving force behind any and all types of addiction.

Alternative Therapies – A host of therapeutic treatment such as yoga, acupuncture, meditation, life coaching and an array of alternative therapies are also provided – the aim of these is to help patients overcome mental and physical barriers to staying sober and clean, and help to develop good mental health practices going forward following completion of their treatment program.