Drug Rehabilitation Treatment and Mental Illness

Drug Rehabilitation Treatment and Mental Illness“Dual Diagnosis” is a phrase used to classify patients who are suffering from both drug addiction and a mental illness.  Men and women who work at a Dual Diagnosis facility are trained in dealing with both these issues. According to a 2009 study on mental illness, 35.7 percent of those suffering from major depressive disorder (clinical depression) were users of illicit drugs, compared to to 18.1 percent of those not suffering from clinical depression. A high percentage of those struggling with addiction suffer from a mental illness and as a result, Dual Diagnosis drug treatment is one of the fastest-growing drug treatment programs.

Effective Drug Rehabilitation and Mental Illness Treatment

Integrated care is a recent trend in health care practices. It combines different professionals to work together on a particular patient while communicating directly with each other on that patient’s case. In a Dual Diagnosis facility, various professionals work cohesively to treat their patient in the most complete way possible. Various types of psychiatric disorders are treated in conjunction with addiction therapy, including:

  • Clinical depression
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia

These mental health issues contribute to drug use, while drug use can also further aggravate a mental health problem.

Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Complications and Mental Illness

Diagnosing and treating Dual Diagnosis patients can be quite complicated. For many patients, the symptoms of drug addiction and mental illness will be similar. Often, the initial phase of treatment involves determining whether the individual requires additional treatment beyond their addiction. In addition, patients at a Dual Diagnosis facility are more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors and at an increased risk of suicide. Staff members of these facilities need to be trained in crisis management to deal with these situations.

Getting Help for Dual Diagnosis Patients

A growing number of facilities are now able to treat Dual Diagnosis patients.  Increased awareness of these types of programs will only increase. This type of treatment is essential as mental health and addiction are often very closely linked together and if treatment is only provided for one or the other, there’s a strong likelihood that an individual will recover from neither issue.

If you or your loved one are suffering from an addition and mental illness, please call our toll-free number and speak to one of our trained counselors about your treatment options. They are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have and find a program that suits your needs.