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Dual diagnosis treatment is beneficial for anyone who has a mental health disorder that’s compounded by drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment for dual diagnosis addresses both conditions concurrently. As a result, healing takes place for the body, mind, and spirit. If you or someone you love currently struggles with addiction alongside a mental health disorder, Atlantic Recovery Center provides a dual diagnosis treatment program in Davie, FL that allows healing to begin.

Struggles with addiction frequently lead to challenges with co-occurring mental health conditions. Statistics suggest up to half of those who seek help at a treatment center to overcome a mental health condition also have substance use disorder. Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnoses, involve a combination of mental health and addiction symptoms that are closely connected.

Little evidence confirms that mental health struggles cause addiction or vice versa. However, a vast body of evidence clearly indicates ongoing struggles with drug or alcohol abuse often lead to harmful coping mechanisms, including mental health challenges (new and worsening). Ongoing challenges connected to mental illness symptoms frequently lead to drug and alcohol use. It is not uncommon for people to use substances to manage their mental health symptoms. Unfortunately, this practice, known as self-medication, leads to harmful side effects, including worsening of the symptoms you were trying to manage.

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What to Expect When Entering a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Florida

Data provided by the SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) suggests as many as 9 million American adults have a dual diagnosis condition. The best dual diagnosis treatment programs involve several components, including comprehensive medically supported detox, therapy, and carefully planned aftercare. Depending on your initial needs, the first step on your journey towards sobriety is detox and withdrawal. 

The steps of detox will help you wean off drugs or alcohol in a safe, medically supported setting like Atlantic Recovery Center. Specific factors unique to your relationship with drugs and alcohol, such as the duration and severity of your addiction, will directly impact how long detox takes for you. After your body is free from the effects of drugs and alcohol, you can safely and effectively engage in an addiction treatment program. 

A dual diagnosis treatment program at Atlantic Recovery Center will consist of elements to address both your addiction and mental health needs. As noted above, you will have the opportunity to participate in various therapies, including group, individual, and family counseling sessions. In many programs, 12-step programs are also available. Finally, as your treatment program comes to an end, your treatment staff will work with you to design a robust aftercare plan that includes ongoing therapy and support throughout the earliest (and often most challenging) days of recovery. 

The length of the detox process varies. Some people may experience mild to moderate symptoms that resolve within a few days. For others, detox leads to severe and potentially dangerous symptoms that may persist for a week or more. Our highly trained medical and mental health staff will closely monitor your physical and emotional health during medically supervised detox at our south Florida treatment center. This monitoring will allow treatment professionals to provide vital support and intervention if needed. Without these crucial elements of a detox program, many will relapse before they can successfully “get clean,” making detoxing alone unsafe and often unsuccessful.

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Begin Healing Today at Our Top-Rated Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Florida

If you are ready to take the first steps on your journey to recovery, contact our top-rated dual diagnosis treatment center in South Florida to learn more about our drug detox program. Overcoming drug or alcohol addiction is not without complications and difficulties. The challenges that arise when you experience a co-occurring disorder only add difficulty to your sobriety journey. Overcoming a dual diagnosis requires commitment and dedication to getting sober. The treatment team here at Atlantic Recovery Center is ready to help you achieve your treatment goals. Atlantic Recovery Center is a South Florida rehab that provides inpatient and dual diagnosis treatment.

When you arrive at our dual diagnosis treatment center, members of your highly skilled team of medical and mental health providers will work with you to develop a comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment program that identifies and addresses your unique needs and goals as you begin therapy. We understand that the most effective dual diagnosis treatment programs focus on you, not your addiction or diagnosis. Our custom-designed treatment plans include a variety of evidence-based treatments and alternative (holistic) therapy models to ensure we provide the most successful and effective treatment experience possible.

With the help of our treatment team, you will begin detox in a safe and supported environment. Choosing a dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida where you can expect full-service addiction treatment means you can complete detox and immediately begin addiction treatment in the same environment, with the same treatment team you have come to know and trust. If you are ready to take the first steps towards sobriety, contact us at Atlantic Recovery Center today to learn more about our drug and alcohol detox centers. Our admissions professionals are here and ready to answer your questions about our centers and how we can help you begin healing today.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Disorder?

Dual diagnosis disorders refer to common substance abuse and mental health conditions that can impact a person simultaneously. Most commonly, in recovery, dual diagnosis disorders refer to an addiction disorder and one or several other mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

A dual diagnosis means you get qualified treatment during the course of your rehab for both issues, not just one. Too often, people attend rehab specifically to treat addiction but don’t get the treatment they need for mental health.

This means that after the physical symptoms of addiction are dealt with, that same person is left to struggle with the symptoms of their mental health disorder, usually resulting in self-medicating and a relapse.

Contact Atlantic Recovery to learn more about dual diagnosis treatment programs at our South Florida rehab center.

What Are Common Dual Diagnosis Disorders?

Dual diagnosis disorders come in any combination, but some combinations are more prevalent than others as people try to treat symptoms of a mental health disorder with specific drugs:

Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder experience intense mood swings, shifting between manic energy and depression. People with bipolar disorder commonly abuse alcohol or cocaine depending on whether they are experiencing a manic or depressive cycle. 

Depression

People with depression disorder experience persistent levels of emptiness, hopelessness, and anxiety, no longer interested in hobbies or other pleasurable activities. Those with depression usually abuse alcohol to mask their symptoms’ severity.

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD takes place months after a traumatic event, and people often experience recurring stress, insomnia, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, and depression. People with PTSD abuse benzodiazepines, sleeping pills, and alcohol to try and temporarily relieve individual symptoms like recurring nightmares or insomnia.

Anxiety

People with generalized anxiety disorder are excessively worried and are overcome with fear and apprehension to the point that it interferes with their daily activities. People with severe anxiety usually abuse cocaine, benzodiazepines, or alcohol. During feelings of particular anxiousness, drugs and alcohol are used to temporarily mask the anxiety or avoid feeling it entirely.

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD manifests in the form of recurring compulsions and obsessions that cause stress and interfere with your daily life. People might slow down or diminish their obsessive thoughts and actions with marijuana and alcohol. 

Unsure what mental health issues you are struggling with? Contact Atlantic Recovery Center today to learn more about our South Florida addiction treatment programs.

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What are the Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Disorders?

With facilities like Atlantic Recovery, treatment for dual diagnosis disorders is more likely to help you sustain your long-term recovery and sobriety. By only treating one aspect of your overall well-being instead of your mental and physical health, you leave yourself more susceptible to relapse. 

Medication Management

With a South Florida dual diagnosis program, you have the option of medication management. Medication management means you have a staff of qualified medical professionals helping you to determine which medication is the best fit for your mental health struggles.

  • People who have already been diagnosed with a mental health condition like ADHD or depression might have tried medication from their doctor but with minimal results. So, they turned to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.
  • People who struggle without a diagnosis might have only used drugs and alcohol to manage the symptoms.

In either case, dual diagnosis in South Florida means you can try different medications, other than the ones you have had little luck with in the past, or try a new medication to help you manage your symptoms in addition to the coping strategies and skills learned during individual and group therapy.

Customized Therapy

Another key benefit to dual diagnosis in South Florida is getting customized therapy. If you only treat your addiction, your therapy might focus on managing the physical symptoms of cravings. Conversely, if you get therapy for a mental health disorder at the same time, you can learn how to effectively manage cravings and deal with stressful situations or triggers in your environment that might exacerbate cravings. 

Let Atlantic Recovery help you with a South Florida dual diagnosis program today.

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