Dual diagnosis is the process by which addiction treatment centers help people with mental illnesses recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The most frequent mental health illnesses that occur with addiction are depression and bipolar disorder. For effective treatment of your addiction, it is critical that any existing mental health illnesses also are treated. In recent statistics from the Journal of the American Medical Association, 29 percent of people with mental illness have drug or alcohol addiction issues also. Additionally, 53 percent of drug addicts and 37 percent of alcoholics have at least one psychiatric illness in addition to their addiction. These statistics are staggering and demonstrate the importance of complete treatment of both the mental illness and addiction.
Clearly there is a connection between addiction and mental illness. Frequently, individuals with mental illness use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate and cope with the symptoms of their mental illness. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol use can mask and cover symptoms of mental illness; in addition they can mimic mental health symptoms. As a result, it is extremely important to incorporate treatment of both aspects in order to have effective treatment and we will work closely with you to address both issues.
Our goal is to help you create the healthy life that you want for yourself. Without accurate diagnosis of underlying mental health conditions, you run the high risk for relapse and falling back into unhealthy addictive behaviors. With our program, we will not only help you clear your body and system of drug and alcohol, but we will also teach you the skills and habits that will keep you clean and sober. Beyond that, we will also help develop a treatment plan for any existing mental health and psychiatric disorders to keep your recovery on track.
Dual diagnosis is a complex form of addiction and requires a tremendous amount of skill, knowledge and experience for effective treatment. As a result, we carefully choose highly skilled professionals with proven track records in this kind of addiction treatment.
Please, if you suspect that you may have underlying mental health issues that are contributing to your addiction, call us our Coral Springs offices at (954) 871-0359 so that we can help you take that first step to full recovery.
At our Coral Springs Addiction Treatment Center, our skilled staff will help identify and develop appropriate and proper treatment for both your addiction and any underlying psychiatric disorders, so that you receive a fully integrated treatment program, tailored for your specific needs.