Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Elyria, OH

An estimated one-third of all alcohol abusers and one-half of all drug users also have a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Experts call the existence of both conditions in the same person a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. The condition can be difficult to recognize and treat because some people may pass off the symptoms of a mental health disorder as side effects of substance abuse and vice-versa. In the past, many substance abuse treatment programs focused on addressing only the substance abuse portion. However, this does not work toward fully recovering from their disorder. Fortunately, dual diagnosis treatment in Elyria can help a person overcome their substance abuse addiction as well as receive treatment for their mental illness.

Dual Diagnosis and Addiction -- Why the Two Go Hand in Hand

A dual diagnosis can include a variety of conditions. Examples include alcoholism and depression or post-traumatic stress disorder and painkiller abuse. Sometimes a person may struggle with depression, anxiety, or another mental health disorder and turn to substance abuse as a means to self-medicate. However, this approach can be very harmful for a person as it is more likely to worsen their symptoms. Conversely, a person may abuse a substance and develop a mental health disorder due to the withdrawal effects or the toll substance abuse can take on a person's health and well-being.

According to NAMI, men are more likely to experience a dual diagnosis than women. Those who are at especially high risk for dual diagnosis include military veterans, those with several chronic illnesses, and those of lower socioeconomic status. Traditionally, dual diagnosis treatment programs may take slightly longer for a person to complete because mental health disorders and substance abuse problems are complicated health conditions that require time and a team of professionals to help a person work through.

When a person experiences ambiguous symptoms on top of their addiction, it's important to seek a dual diagnosis treatment facility that specializes in addressing the unique needs of the individual. This is because those with a dual diagnosis are most likely to benefit from integrated treatment that provides mental health counseling and medication management, if needed, as well as treatments for substance abuse. Fortunately, dual diagnosis treatment in Elyria can focus on both of these unique needs.

Types of Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders affect a person's ability to function in daily life. While there are a variety of mental illnesses that can range in severity, some examples of mental illnesses where a person may also have a dual diagnosis include:

  • Anxiety: Anxiety is a heightened state of fear and/or nervousness is not appropriate for the immediate surroundings.
  • Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is a severe mental illness where a person alternates between episodes of depression and elation or mania.
  • Depression: Depression is a condition where a person experiences feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes a person to focus on repetitive thoughts or behaviors, which can often overtake their lives.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Traumatic events such as war or violence can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a condition that causes a person to lose touch with reality. They may hallucinate and hear, see, or smell things that are not there.

Make the Call to Elyria Drug Rehab Centers

Sufferers of each of these conditions are highly susceptible to a dual diagnosis. For much of their lives, they may have faced the stigma of suffering from a mental illness and may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or uncertain to share the realities of their condition with the world. However, by seeking dual diagnosis treatment in Elyria, one can live a fuller and healthier life where they do not have to fear for the stigma of having a mental illness and turning to drugs and/or alcohol.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, only 12.4 percent of adults with a dual diagnosis seek dual diagnosis rehab. Our dual diagnosis treatment program, like all programs, will first go through drug detox in Elyria. This can take about seven days, and includes either tapering doses of a substance of abuse or quitting abusing the substance altogether.

Throughout this time, a person will also receive support, both through medication administration and mental health counseling, for their co-existing mental illness. Dual diagnosis rehab programs can also focus on helping a person after they have completed inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services. Examples can include finding housing, arranging for group meetings or continued counseling or helping a person build job skills.

Joining our inpatient rehab for dual diagnosis treatment in Elyria can save you from the trouble of returning to an untreated disorder. Our inpatient rehab in Elyria can help you to battle cravings, uncomfortable feelings, and other things that may arise through your time in recovery.

For more info on what we offer at Elyria Drug Rehab Centers, call us today at (440) 540-5418.

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