What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Having a dual diagnosis means that you or a loved one is struggling with addiction accompanied by a mental health disorder. It is estimated that at least half of those who abuse drugs also battle depression, anxiety or other mental health problems.
We provide specialized assessment, diagnosis and treatment for even the most complex dual disorders. Each client receives a thorough medical and mental health evaluation to determine if they are experiencing mental or emotional issues in addition to the chemical dependency. If so, our team of clinicians will determine if the underlying mental health issues caused the drug or alcohol abuse in the first place, or if the drug or alcohol abuse is causing the mental health issues. In both cases, long-term sobriety is achievable with the right type of treatment. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
After a thorough assessment, our master’s level therapists will develop a comprehensive, integrative treatment plan that addresses both the addiction and any co-occurring mental health disorders. Therapy is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of therapists and other staff. Every client is assigned a therapist who uses both traditional methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and 12-step strategies, as well as holistic approaches, such as meditation, yoga and nutrition therapy.
Medical Management in Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many dual diagnosis clients are taking numerous medications when they arrive at Journey Healing Centers and require complex medical management. Our medical team works closely with our clinicians to ensure integrated, customized care.
Our clinical team is highly skilled at minimizing post-acute withdrawal symptoms, and we listen to you and collaborate with you on your care. This enables us to tailor a program and medication regimen, as appropriate, so that you can recover in a way that fits your life. Our goal is to minimize the physical and emotional discomfort of the early recovery period while supporting your journey to health and wellness.
Although we use medications when they are needed, our goal is to have you leave our drug rehab program using less medication than when you arrived. We streamline each client’s medication regimen, taking into account not only their drug or alcohol problem but also their complete medical profile and any co-occurring mental health disorders. Many of our clients are able to stop taking certain medications once they are no longer abusing alcohol or other drugs.
Whenever indicated, we utilize non-addictive medications that promote rather than hinder recovery. These include naltrexone (or Vivitrol), which decreases cravings and relapse rates for individuals with alcoholism or opioid abuse, and acamprosate, which decreases the desire to drink alcohol and significantly increases abstinence rates. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
At Journey Healing Centers, comfort is of paramount importance in all phases of treatment. We’ve found that when our clients are comfortable physically and emotionally, and are at ease in their surroundings, they are more likely to stay in treatment and stay engaged in the recovery process, which greatly improves outcomes. To create this restorative experience, we supplement individual and group psychotherapy with a variety of alternative addiction treatments including vitamin therapies, yoga and mindfulness.