Co-Occuring Mental Health and Addiction

Identifying and treating underlying psychiatric disorders in people suffering from substance abuse can be extremely tricky, and is a relatively new approach originating in the 1990s. Symptoms of a disorder can, at times, closely mimic the symptoms of substance abuse (and vis versa)—particularly if the case is severe. The similarities between the two problems can be so easily confused that a proper, accurate diagnosis and subsequent recovery can take years. Sometimes, the only way a physician can be sure they’ve identified the correct diagnosis is after the patient cleanses his or herself of drugs/alcohol and has completely detoxified.

Profound Treatment’s Los Angeles Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program:

Since we at Profound Treatment understand this need for a more complex, holistic treatment plan, we offer dual diagnosis treatment programs. Dual diagnosis programs are constructed to specifically help individuals with a need for two, simultaneous treatments: one for drugs/alcohol and one for an underlying disorder. To treat each issue separately is to put the patient at a much higher risk of relapse, since one issue could very well be fueling the other.

Typically, the most common psychiatric disorders amongst substance abusers include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders

At our treatment facility in Los Angeles, we treat a variety of the above disorders and more, such as:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • ADHD

Why is dual diagnosis treatment important?

Roughly a third of alcohol abusers and half of drug abusers have at least one serious mental disorder, and a little under a third of those who are mentally ill are prone to abuse drugs/alcohol. This correlation stems from an epidemic of self-medicating: to feel happier, calmer, etc., people turn to alcohol or drugs, which, in turn, can fuel dependency and subsequent addiction. Because of this, successful treatment plans must analyze and address the psychiatric, emotional, and physical/chemical needs of each person for patients to see real results.

How is dual diagnosis treatment different?

Dual diagnosis combines the most effective components of mental health and substance abuse care by handling both as a continuum, rather than treating them separately. Indeed, the US Department of Health and Human Services reported in 2002 that only 12% of those suffering from a psychiatric disorder and substance abuse problem received the care they needed through a dual diagnosis treatment plan, making this an extremely underserved, and vulnerable, group of people.

All the individuals on our team of medical professionals specializing in dual diagnosis treatment have studied co-occurring mental health disorders in depth, and have received extensive training in this field. Because of this, we can offer personalized treatment plans that cater to each patient’s specific needs, all at once. Through our dedicated treatment program, our patients get the help they need, minimizing their risk of falling prey to the cycle of psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.

How do I get a dual diagnosis?

All our patients that suffer from both psychiatric disorders and addiction receive the care they need through our dual diagnosis program. When you join our west Los Angeles treatment facility, our team of mental health and addiction specialists will evaluate you. From there, you can enroll in our multi-disciplinary treatment program, putting you on the path to a more sustainable, long-term recovery.

What are the signs/symptoms that I might need dual diagnosis?

Candidates for dual diagnosis exhibit classic signs of addiction, such as:

  • Neglecting friends and family
  • Changing sleep patterns
  • Consistent relapses
  • Experiencing withdrawal
  • Failing or struggling to fulfill responsibilities (such as schoolwork)
  • And expressing guilt about their compulsive behavior.

along with the symptoms of a psychiatric disorder, which vary widely, but may include:

  • Deliberately withdrawing from loved ones
  • Having trouble fulfilling responsibilities (like holding down a job) due to mood swings
  • And dramatic mood swings and changes in energy levels.