If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, you or the loved one may have an underlying mental health disorder.
Acqua Recovery offers a different type of approach and treatment to traditional addiction care methods. We employ Dual Diagnosis treatment, which is a relatively new, yet groundbreaking, innovation in the field of addiction recovery.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
It wasn’t until the 1990s when people that suffered from both mental health disorders and addiction were treated for overlapping conditions. Before that, these conditions were treated separately. In fact, decades ago, people were denied mental health treatment until they were able to get clean and sober. Unfortunately, many times mental illness is the underlying factor in addiction. This meant that many addicts were set up for failure because they couldn’t receive the necessary simultaneous treatment and help they needed to succeed in getting clean or sober.
Here is where Dual Diagnosis recovery enters the 21st century. It blends mental health care with substance abuse treatment. Instead of traditional hard lines between these two conditions, clinicians work to treat addiction by understanding the underlying causes. If someone suffers from depression, the root cause of their addiction is addressed, which sets them up for success in conquering their addiction.
Even if you have gone through a traditional rehabilitation center, if you suffer from addiction and mental illness, you owe it to yourself to try dual diagnosis. It’s a different kind of therapy that helps treat your ailments, providing you with the necessary coping skills to overcome addiction.
How to Get Dual Diagnosis
To receive Dual Diagnosis treatment, the person must meet the criteria for a mental health disorder that is in “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” A qualified physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist or counselor can provide a Dual Diagnosis if you have an addiction to alcohol, drugs or behaviors, such as gambling or sex, and simultaneously suffer from a mental disorder.
Acqua Recovery has qualified medical specialists that are licensed to make Dual Diagnosis. Intake counselors and evaluation specialists review psychiatric history, evaluate your addiction and help to develop an individualized treatment plan.
Acqua Recovery understands that no single treatment option works for everyone that has a Dual Diagnosis. This is because there is a wide range of mental health disorders and the relationship between this condition and substance abuse is very complicated.
Your personalized substance abuse and rehabilitation center recovery plan addresses your specific mental disorder and your personal history of addictive behaviors. This helps set you up for success rather than failure.
Patients that are mentally and physically stable may be referred to outpatient care for a portion of their substance abuse treatment rehabilitation. However, outpatient recovery requires strong dedication because, without constant supervision, it’s much easier to fail and fall back into unhealthy, harmful patterns.
Pharmacological addiction therapy is the central component in Dual Diagnosis rehabilitation. Doctors analyze each patients’ needs and often prescribe medication to help reduce anxiety, stabilize moods, reduce agitation, prevent hallucinations or prevent traumatic flashbacks. Dual Diagnosis uses these methods as well as educating family members about mental health and addiction, which is essential for an addict’s recovery. Family counseling, peer support groups, 12-step meetings and other resources are available for loved ones and friends to help you successfully meet your personal recovery goals.