What is a dual diagnosis treatment center?

At Beacon House, we are committed to treating the whole person. Often, along with substance abuse issues, a co-occurring disorder exists in tandem, such as anxiety and/or depression. Often, if not treated, these co-occurring disorders tend to escalate and become more chronic, frequently leading to increased health and psychological risks. Therefore, our dual diagnosis treatment center is here to help you overcome both the addiction and any mental illness in your life.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders are often used interchangeably. Someone who struggles with a substance use disorder, such as an addiction to drugs or alcohol, may also be diagnosed with one or more mental health disorders. You cannot get help for one without addressing the other, which is where dual diagnosis treatment comes in.

When you seek out substance abuse treatment, your rehabilitation center should be equipped to address co-occurring disorders. With the help of trained, medical professionals, your treatment will focus on reducing psychiatric symptoms while also teaching you skills that will help you in your journey to recovery. For example, it’s very common for those who have post-traumatic stress disorder to also struggle with substance abuse. So, treatment would seek to address both concerns.

How Common Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are more prevalent than you may realize. In the United States alone, 8.5 million adults struggle with mental illness and at least one substance use disorder. While half of this number seek help either for their mental health issue or their substance abuse, only 8.3% receive dual diagnosis treatment.

The most common mental health disorders that co-occur with an addiction to drugs or alcohol include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders

Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis

If you struggle with substance abuse and wonder if a mental health disorder may be an underlying factor, it’s imperative to seek out professional help as soon as you can. Only a qualified mental health professional can know if you have a co-occurring disorder.

However, by understanding the symptoms of dual diagnosis, you may better recognize your need for help. While the signs of mental health disorders and substance use disorders are similar, indications that could point to dual diagnosis include:

  • Isolation and retreating from close relationships
  • Difficulty with day to day tasks
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Changes in behavior or engaging in risky behaviors
  • Neglect of hygiene or overall health
  • The need to use a substance to function normally
  • A high tolerance to a substance
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms
  • Loss of control over substance use
  • Using a substance in unsafe conditions

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When you receive dual diagnosis treatment from a qualified residential treatment center like Beacon House, we address both your substance use and your mental health disorder. By treating both simultaneously, this offers a higher chance of success for your individual recovery process.

Our dual diagnosis treatment program requires more intensive care and offers incredible benefits to those with co-occurring disorders:

  • All treatment addresses your addiction to drugs or alcohol and helps you stop.
  • Therapy enables you to cope with any underlying mental health disorder.
  • A trained therapist works with you to see how your co-occurring disorders are connected.
  • Underlying roots of addiction are addressed.
  • Causes of your mental health disorder are discovered.
  • You develop coping mechanisms for your mental health symptoms.
  • Triggers are identified so you can avoid relapse.
  • Before returning home, a relapse prevention plan is developed.

Dual Diagnosis Programs at Beacon House

When you enter our dual diagnosis treatment center at Beacon House, you will have access to numerous therapies and treatments. In fact, a combination of modalities will be utilized to complete your rehabilitation plan. Each treatment plan is unique to each of our specific clients. We understand that everyone has their own, personal needs, so your specialized treatment depends on your experiences and the severity of your substance abuse and mental illness.

As part of our dual diagnosis program, we offer a variety of therapies, such as:

When you enter our dual diagnosis residential treatment, you will immerse yourself in therapy to find the root causes of your addiction. However, treating the addiction without addressing your mental illness won’t lead to a successful recovery. As a result, the mental illness may cause a relapse, allowing the addiction back into your life, and vice-versa. If the mental illness is treated properly, but the addiction is still active, it can spur the mental illness back into your life. That’s why we address both simultaneously, providing a more holistic approach to your individual care.

Contact Beacon House Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Northern California

Beacon House is located in a lovely area of Northern California. Within an intimate, home-like environment, we provide the dual diagnosis treatment you deserve. With our staff by your side, you can begin your recovery journey with confidence and comfort. Moreover, your safety and success in recovery are our top priorities.

Are you struggling with a mental illness and addiction in your life? If so, seek help through our dual diagnosis treatment center. This is your first step toward a life of sobriety and mental wellbeing

For more information we invite you to contact us online or call 866.416.6239.