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Dual Diagnosis in Carteret NJ (732) 226-8901

A dual diagnosis is a psychiatric disorder paired with an alcohol or drug dependency. Certain mental health disorders that often occur with a dual diagnosis include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and personality disorders. The mental health disorder may be the cause of the disorder or the mental illness may be a result of the substance abuse. The physical aspect of addiction can be treated and managed, but if the emotional and cognitive difficulties are not resolved, an individual could easily relapse. Drug Treatment Centers Carteret focuses on treating the individual as a whole and addressing both conditions simultaneously in order to achieve the best results.

Mental Health Conditions Linked to Addiction

  • Depression: This mental disorder is characterized by feelings of extreme sadness. They often feel isolated, alone, unwanted and suffer from low self-esteem. Negative thoughts are common. Drugs and alcohol are used as a form of self-medication to make them feel better or numb their painful thoughts.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: This is an anxiety disorder that involves recurring thoughts and compulsive rituals. Those who suffer from OCD from childhood or adolescence have a higher propensity for drug or alcohol abuse. OCD sufferers perform repetitive behaviors to ease their excessive and irrational thoughts.
  • PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder involves nightmares, high stress and flashbacks linked to past traumatic events. Victims often turn to drugs or alcohol to escape the tension and anxiety of PTSD.
  • Anxiety: People with anxiety disorders can suffer panic attacks and may turn to abusive substances in order to escape their unease. These drugs, however, often end up triggering more panic attacks, making things worse.

If you or someone you love suffers from substance abuse or dependence and a mental health disorder like the ones mentioned above, it is imperative you seek help. The medical and mental health professionals at Drug treatment Centers Carteret can guide you through each step of the process and help you identify and cope with the root causes and triggers of your addiction. Call our addiction specialists today at (732) 226-8901 and let us help you get on the road to recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A good dual diagnosis program combines the most effective mental health care techniques with drug abuse treatment simultaneously. Treatment options depend mostly upon what works best for the patient. Dual diagnosis recovery may involve detox, medication and therapy. The detox process is performed in a safe and comfortable environment, under the constant care of our medical staff. Once this process is completed, the underlying mental disorder can be more successfully treated with counseling and psychotherapy. Therapy is an essential element for dual diagnosis treatment and may include individual, group and/or family therapy. Relapse prevention training will give patients the tools and skills they will require to identify and avoid triggers in the future. A relapse prevention plan is essential for any recovering addict, as it will serve as a guide for them once they leave the rehab facility.

Psychopharmacology

Psychiatric medications can be used in the treatment of those with a dual diagnosis. Treatment with pharmaceuticals that will aid in managing patient’s mood or psychotic disorder may be prescribed, but this must be done in combination with other approaches that include counseling and supervision.

Aftercare

When treatment for dual diagnosis is completed, a plan should be put into place in order to reduce the risk of relapse. A patient is taught to learn their triggers and avoid them. They are taught how to cope with stress and cravings. Recovering addicts are told to think through what would happen if a relapse should occur and how to keep a lapse from turning into a full-blown relapse.

Call Drug Treatment Centers Carteret today at (732) 226-8901 and begin your new life, free from drugs and alcohol.

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