The term “dual diagnosis” is not something that you hear often. It is not as popular as the term “meth addict”, which shows like Breaking Bad are highlighting. It is not as common as the word “alcoholic”, as a lot of people know someone who is battling an addiction to alcohol. However, dual diagnosis is more commonplace than people would think.
Dual diagnosis is the condition of suffering from a mental illness, such as bi-polar disorder or depression, along with a co-occurring substance abuse problem. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claim that about 50% of people with severe mental disorders are also affected by substance abuse. Furthermore, 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.
It seems that a relationship between substance abuse and mental illness is pretty common, as often those who suffer from psychiatric issues turn to drugs or alcohol to dull the pain. Life can seem pretty bleak for those suffering from a dual diagnosis. That is why it is essential to get professional help at a professional rehab facility, such as the Affordable Rehab of Worcester.
At rehab for dual diagnosis, the first step is detoxing in order to eliminate the symptoms caused by the substance abuse problem. Once the alcohol and/or drugs are out of the patient’s system, we will try to diagnose the underlying mental health issue. After there is a diagnosis for the mental health side of the problem, with any appropriate medications prescribed, the patient will continue to receive regular therapy sessions in order to address the issues that have caused him or her to turn to drugs or alcohol.
Finally, the Affordable Rehab of Worcester offers the appropriate aftercare program for dual diagnosis patients that helps them transition to a life outside of rehab where they will continue to receive therapy and support.
At the Affordable Rehab of Worcester we know that the term “dual diagnosis” is not mentioned on popular TV shows very often. But it is very real and it is very serious for those suffering from the co-occurring condition. There is help out there. If you, or someone you know, is suffering from a mental illness coupled with a substance abuse problem, give us a call today. We can help.Back to Blog Index