Until the 1990s, rehab treatment professionals saw signs of mental illness in some people with addiction. However, they did not attempt to treat both conditions at the same time. Today, we know that having a mental illness with addiction is common. Moreover, we also know that you must treat both conditions at once in a dual diagnosis treatment program, so one is not left active to drive the other into relapse.
Today’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at Acqua
Today’s dual diagnosis treatment program at Acqua understands the need for mental health care during addiction recovery. After all, research proves that mental illness often goes with drug or alcohol abuse. Mental illness leads many people to start their drug or alcohol use in self-medication. Other people only realize they have a mental illness as the addiction amplifies once-hidden signs.
Specifically, mental illnesses and addiction follow a continuum. Each condition fuels the other. This means addiction treatment professionals now also learn how to treat mental illnesses. It also means that your chosen rehab likely offers a dual diagnosis treatment program.
The good news is that many of the therapies used for drug or alcohol abuse also work well for mental health. Evidence-based practices, like psychotherapy and behavioral therapies, treat both sides of a dual diagnosis. The same is true of individual, group, and family therapies.