What is dual diagnosis?

Rarely do we see clients who do not have a secondary mental health issue concurrent with the addiction or eating disorder. Depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, undiagnosed or undertreated ADHD, and other psychological issues have often long been present, and many times the disordered behavior has been in response to unrecognized or poorly managed psychiatric or emotional disorders.

Dual diagnosis treatment addresses not only the substance abuse or eating disorder, but the underlying psychiatric diagnosis as well. In Elements’ family of treatment programs, this means a comprehensive assessment is the first step in the treatment process. When treatment for co-occurring disorders is combined with treatment for addiction, therapy sessions and group meetings can be structured to reflect the needs of those who are mentally ill. Symptoms like social anxiety, feelings of hopelessness or compulsive behavior don’t have to become an obstacle to care if these programs are tailored to the needs of clients with co-occurring disorders. The goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to help the client develop a clear plan for the future, and where indicated, refer them to clinicians in their home town to continue treatment after discharge.

Although many drug rehab programs claim to provide dual diagnosis treatment, rarely is this approach integrated into the treatment plan from the beginning. Casa Morphos will develop an exceptional program will develop personalized plans that address all underlying issues fueling an addiction, such as anxiety, depression or trauma.