Has your loved one’s drug addiction stemmed from mental health issues? Studies show that those battling drug and/or alcohol addictions are more likely to also suffer from at least one serious mental health disorder. If your loved one is battling both addiction and mental health issues, he or she has a “dual diagnosis.” Dual diagnosis is a term referring to someone who has been diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Because they are difficult to identify, dual diagnosis (co-occurring disorders) are hard to diagnose. According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.9 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously. Often times, a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder develops a drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Signs your loved one might have a dual diagnosis

  • Distance from family and friends
  • Reliance on drugs to function
  • Using drugs in unsafe conditions
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Risky and dangerous behavior
  • Unusual sleeping patterns (insomnia or excessive sleeping)

When mental health disorders go undiagnosed and untreated, people may use drugs or alcohol to “self-medicate” their symptoms. While battling mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, people often use substances to cope with uneasy feelings. Dual diagnosis treatment helps recovering addicts fully recover from addiction and cope with their mental health disorder symptoms. Effectively treating dual diagnosis is crucial to get your loved one sober.

How to Treat Dual Diagnosis

Getting your addicted loved one psychoanalyzed as well as detoxing from harmful substances is the first step in treating dual diagnosis. The next step in dual diagnosis treatment is getting into an effective inpatient treatment center. The Cove Center prides itself on providing helpful treatment geared towards nutrition, sobriety and everyday life coping skills. Focusing on overall wellbeing, helps clients battling a dual diagnosis focus on maintaining a more peaceful and sober lifestyle.

The Cove Center provides comprehensive drug rehabilitation & alcohol rehabilitation programs to those who are struggling with the chaos and consequences associated with alcohol and/or drug addiction in a safe, caring environment. If you or a loved one need help overcoming addiction, please call (855) – 857 – 2734. No one deserves to fight addiction alone.

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