Josh Chandler | October 27, 2022

The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Rehab

How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Works in Rehab

Often, a person who has never struggled with substance abuse before doesn’t understand how addiction isn’t simply a choice. After all, why can’t a person stop using this substance, causing so much chaos and strife? The answer is that addiction is not a choice but a severe disease that could potentially risk an individual’s life. Many people don’t realize that many people struggle with addiction with the added component of mental health issues. Mental health issues such as depression or anxiety can directly impact the severity of your substance abuse. A person could be self-medicating, using addictive substances to try to manage the mental health issues they are experiencing. Also, substance abuse could trigger particular mental health concerns so it’s imperative to find dual diagnosis treatment in rehab.

Engaging in a dual diagnosis treatment program is something that can help you to work through not only your addiction but your mental health concerns as well. At Muse Treatment Center, we believe that the most effective way for a person to work through their addiction is to address their mental health issues so that they aren’t held back in any way. 

There are different forms of addiction treatment that you will experience when you decide to partner with Muse. Many people struggling with addiction and mental illness need a safe and sober environment to truly focus on their own treatment and well-being. If you fall into this position, an inpatient addiction treatment program may be your best option. Clients that opt to engage in an inpatient treatment program will have the opportunity to live on our beautiful and luxurious campus during the period that they are in recovery. This provides you with the best circumstances to address your addiction. Further, you will have around-the-clock access to your addiction recovery team as well as the chance to interact with other individuals who are in the process of working through their own addiction treatment program. This type of support is something that can be invaluable in your overall treatment. 

Several people cannot commit to an inpatient program due to personal or professional responsibilities. Many other people simply don’t feel comfortable with the premise of inpatient treatment. If you fall into this type of situation, the best option would be to engage in an outpatient treatment program. Outpatient treatment is much more flexible in comparison to an inpatient program in the sense that you will be able to live at home, work, or go to school as needed. You will still receive a high level of care throughout the course of your treatment. However, you will be able to see other aspects of your life while you’re working through your recovery. 

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Sign Someone Needs Dual Diagnosis Treatment

There are several signs that a person may require dual diagnosis treatment. Here are just a few examples of signs that you should be on the lookout for: 

Social withdrawal 

As addiction and mental illness grow, you may notice that your friend or loved one becomes more socially withdrawn. This happens when an individual starts to move toward hiding the mental health issues they may be experiencing as well as their substance abuse. 

Erratic behavior 

When a person is under the influence of different substances and struggling with mental health issues, they may experience erratic behavior. This is something that can be potentially dangerous both physically as well as psychologically to not only that person but those around him or her. 

Issues maintaining responsibilities 

When addiction and mental health concerns start to take over, it may become impossible for a person to maintain their work or personal responsibilities. Therefore, if you find that your loved one has lost their job or is struggling to keep up with different responsibilities that they once had no problem with, this could indicate that something more is going on.  

Why Dual Diagnosis Is Important for Recovery

The reason why dual diagnosis treatment is so important in your recovery is that it can help to prevent relapse. A person who has struggled with addiction is always at risk for relapse. Regardless of how many years of sobriety you have, if you become remiss in your persistence for sobriety, you put yourself in the position of falling back into your addictive ways. As part of your dual diagnosis program, you will learn more about the steps you need to take to maintain sobriety. You will also learn to recognize red flags that may come up throughout your life that could potentially set you back. 

Remember, if you do have a relapse, we always encourage you to reach out to our treatment team. We are available around the clock to help you restart your recovery journey and get the immediate help and care you may need. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Rehab

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

There are many different types of co-occurring disorders. There are some forms of co-occurring disorders that are more common than others, including: 

  • Generalized anxiety disorder 
  • Eating disorders 
  • Personality and mood disorders 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Attention deficit disorder 
  • Schizophrenia 

Our treatment team has experience working with individuals who have previously been diagnosed with mental health issues and individuals unaware of the fact that they have a psychological issue. When you first come to our treatment center, we will walk you through a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that all factors are considered when putting together the right addiction treatment program for you. 

Learn how to deal with someone who relapsed from an alcohol addiction in our blog below:

How to Deal with a Relapse of a Recovering Alcoholic

Healing Your Addiction at Muse Treatment Center Los Angeles

At Muse Addiction Treatment Center, our substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment program focus on providing the healing environment you need. We understand that addiction impacts every person differently, which is why we take a personalized approach to addiction treatment. Our addiction experts take the opportunity to get to know you on an individual level so that we can provide you with the comprehensive level of care you need throughout your recovery journey. 

Not only do we pride ourselves on providing those who are struggling with substance abuse with care and guidance but also their friends and loved ones as well. We recognize that substance abuse often negatively impacts the family of the person suffering from addiction, which is why we always make ourselves readily available to provide the insight those individuals may need. 

Our intake team is available around the clock when you’re ready to start your treatment journey. Get in touch with us at (800) 426-1818 today to learn more about the benefits of dual diagnosis treatment and how you can take steps toward your recovery and begin your new life. 

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Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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