What is Dual Diagnosis?
The term “Dual Diagnosis” is often applied to someone who is suffering from a mental health condition as well as an addiction to a chemical substance. Dual diagnosis can also be referred to as a Co-occurring disorder (COD). Meaning that there is a mental health disorder and a substance misuse disorder occurring at the same time in an individual
Examples of Dual Diagnosis
Dual Diagnosis covers a wide spectrum in terms of severity of mental illness and drug abuse: for example a common form of Dual Diagnosis, may be someone who is suffering from both alcohol abuse and depression, two illnesses that frequently go hand in hand. A more severe example of dual diagnosis could be Psychosis or Schizophrenia, together with a substance misuse disorder such as Cannabis or Cocaine addiction.
How is Dual Diagnosis Diagnosed?
This is a tricky one, as many individuals engage with us having been given the label of “Dual Diagnosis” by a health professional, only to find that once their substance abuse problem has been addressed, their mental health condition also recovers. In cases such as this, the mental health condition was caused by the substance abuse and therefore once the substance abuse problem has been successful treated the mental health condition disappears. In other cases a substance misuse issue may be addressed only to find a deeper mental health condition is underlying the addiction.
In all cases it is imperative that the substance misuse issue is addressed before an accurate diagnosis can be made. True Dual diagnosis is where both an underlying mental health illness and a substance misuse problem are both present and both require treatment in order for the individual to make a long lasting and full recovery.
How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?
The majority of Dual Diagnosis cases can be successfully treated in the majority of rehab clinics that we provide. However there are exceptions where the mental health illness present is so severe that the individual requires round the clock intensive medical care for stabilisation, before therapy for the substance misuse problem can begin. In cases where there is severe Psychosis or Schizophrenia present, there are some of our rehabs that are better equipped to facilitate treatment than others.
How can Addiction Helper Help Individuals with Dual Diagnosis?
Firstly, on calling our helpline number, you will be offered a free of charge assessment. If during the assessment it becomes apparent to our Addiction Treatment Counsellor that there is a mental health illness present that requires more specialized treatment, the Addiction Helper counsellor will offer for you to have a more comprehensive assessment with one of our mental health specialists. From there a comprehensive treatment plan will be recommended in a rehab clinic that is fully equipped to treat the conditions present. Ensuring the individuals and other patients safety at all times and that the correct treatment is provided.
Does it Cost More to Treat Dual Diagnosis?
Generally the answer is no, but in cases where a more medical rather than therapeutic approach is required initially, the cost may be more. This is due to the need of a more specialist treatment team and a more intensive level of care and support.
Please be assured that Addiction Helper has many treatment options that are suitable for treating Dual Diagnosis individuals. Your full recovery and safety is our priority and we will endeavour to provide a treatment plan that is in keeping with this.