In looking at the evolution of addiction recovery over the past 30 to 40 years, dual diagnoses care is a miraculous advancement. This treatment comes from a clearer understanding of how addiction forms, why people fall into substance abuse, and how they can achieve sustainable wellness. Addiction is a lifelong disease. But through integrative care and mind-body wellness, you can get beyond your drug or alcohol abuse and into the life you want.
At MedPsych Integrated in Raleigh, NC, we help our patients achieve addiction recovery by treating the whole person. We utilize genetic testing, onsite blood draws, medication management, psychiatric therapies and other methods to fully understand and care for each person’s needs. Dual diagnoses care is frequently key to individual recovery.
What is Dual Diagnoses Treatment?
Dual diagnosis treatment treats two or more co-occurring disorders at the same time, instead of treating one before focusing on another. For people stuck in the cycle of substance abuse, mental illness often plays a role. Mental problems and drug or alcohol use fuel each other, contributing to the worsening of both conditions.
Common mental illnesses that frequently accompany addiction include:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
Today’s doctors understand the importance of treating mental illness and a substance use disorder at the same time. In dual diagnosis integrative care under a licensed psychiatrist, patients get a clear picture of their mental and physical health as it relates to the drug or alcohol use. Through this awareness, more complete treatment begins.
How Do I Know if I Need Dual Diagnosis Recovery?
Someone who needs dual diagnosis recovery has a mental disorder and substance use disorder at the same time. You may not yet know if you need this type of care. But a licensed psychiatrist specializing in addiction can make that determination for you.
In reality, over half of Americans who suffer in the cycle of substance abuse have co-occurring mental conditions. Also, for many, the drug or alcohol misuse began in an effort to self-medicate mental problems.
Besides substance abuse, the signs of a co-occurring disorder include:
- Struggling to maintain employment
- Inability to maintain healthy relationships
- Legal problems
- Financial issues
- Extreme mood swings or uncontrolled emotions
Self-medication of these problems and the mental health condition, as a whole, typically starts the substance abuse. Soon, that use leads to tolerance to your drug, making it necessary for you to increase your dose and frequency of use. Also, you start neglecting your health and taking bigger risks in your life, all while needing the drug to feel “normal.” Quickly, full-blown addiction takes over and you cannot get through your day without using your drug or drinking alcohol.
The Importance of Integrative Dual Diagnosis Care
The problem with addiction with co-occurring mental illness is that you find yourself stuck in this cycle of self-medication and mental health symptoms. Also, if you seek care only for the addiction and not for your mental illness, the untreated mental problems only lead you back into substance abuse. If you treat your mental illness without addressing your substance abuse, the drugs and alcohol again flare your mental symptoms, sending you back into deep self-medication. Furthermore, this is why scientists now realize the importance of treating both conditions at the same time.
Thankfully, many of the therapies and methods that address addiction also work well for mental health problems and vice versa. These common methods include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Also, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Group therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Family or couples counseling
- Medication management
Raleigh-Based Integrative Dual Diagnosis Care
At MedPsych Integrated in Raleigh, our caring professionals understand the complexity of your addiction and mental symptoms. Also, we also know these issues intertwine and, for true recovery, we must work together on the root problems for a better chance of lasting wellness.
Our care centers on integrative care. Also, this means we first evaluate your physical and mental health, before developing a treatment plan that promotes whole-person wellness. Furthermore, this integrative care includes genetic testing and onsite blood draws, in addition to psychiatric analysis.
You do not have to continue suffering in the cycle of dual diagnosis addiction. Additionally, MedPsych Integrated can help you find and address your root issues that led you into addiction, in the first place. Also, at the same time, we help you create a healthier future, starting with a positive outlook. Lastly, Call us at 919-582-7272 today.