Dual-Diagnosis Treatment | Pathway to Hope

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

At Pathway to Hope, we believe addiction and mental health are so closely related, that it is important to treat both at the same time so you can have a clear and realistic path to recovery. Our dedicated dual-diagnosis treatment program was established to help you treat your drug and alcohol dependency, as well as any mental health disorders you may have.

These include, but are not limited to:

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, substance abuse affects nearly half of individuals with severe mental disorders. 37% of people who abuse alcohol and 53% of people who abuse drugs have at least one serious mental illness. Additionally, 29% of all people who have been diagnosed with mental illness abuse drugs or alcohol, according to the journal.

It is not uncommon for people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, or both, as they manage their mental health disorders along with life’s challenges. And their reasons for using substances vary, from peer pressure to experimentation or legitimate medical issues (in the case of some drugs), which can lead to mental health issues caused by despair or chemical changes in the brain or damage to the brain.

Substance abuse, however, often complicates matters, worsening you emotional, mental, and overall physical health. The prolonged use of substances is not without side effects and could make the symptoms worse as time passes. It is important to get help under a dual-diagnosis treatment program soon as possible or destructive patterns will continue.

Our Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Options

  • Family-Focused Care

    Addiction doesn’t just affect you, but your loved ones as well. Pathway to Hope understands that part of recovery means rebuilding relationships with your family and loved ones. By forming a loving support circle with open communication and trust, you will be able to build a stable foundation for you to return to after treatment.

  • Individual Therapy Sessions

    You will be able to attend individual therapy sessions with a trained psychiatric professional and discuss the depths of your substance abuse addiction. Through various forms of therapeutic methods, your mental and physical state will be observed and treated accordingly.

  • Life Skills Training

    During your rehabilitation stay, you will be taught various life skills so that transitioning back into society can run smoothly. You will learn social skills, mood management techniques, health expression treatments (or psychodrama therapy), cognitive reframing, and other necessary skills for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Nutrition and wellness programs

    Alcohol and drug addiction can be detrimental to your nutritional health, allowing you to neglect it altogether. At Pathway to Hope, nutrition and wellness are regarded as necessary to maintain mental health, so you will be supervised and taught how to eat healthily, exercise routinely, and maintain overall good health.

  • Social skills and mood management interventions

    You will learn the best practices and tools to bring forth new experiences, encouraging and facilitating interaction with others, and identifying and addressing negative thinking patterns and thoughts.

  • 12-Step Program

    At Pathway to Hope, you will be introduced to the 12-Step Program and encouraged to attend support group meetings during and after your stay. Meetings will allow you to engage in honest communication, reflect on past experiences, and learn from others as you grow from your substance abuse addictions.

Why Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Is Recommended

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

45% of Americans seeking substance use disorder treatment have been diagnosed as having a co-occurring mental and substance use disorder, according to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SAMHSA).

However, substance abuse and addiction can make it difficult to diagnose co-occurring disorders, also known as dual-diagnosis. This condition occurs when substance abuse issues and mental illnesses are occurring at the same time. Our dual-diagnosis treatment program covers a range of disorders that range from mild to severe. For this reason, symptoms of mental illness are sometimes mistaken for symptoms of addiction, so it may take time to distinguish a substance use disorder from a mental illness.

  • substance abuse and mental illness

    Substance Abuse Can Worsen Mental Illnesses

    Using substances can increase symptoms of an existing mental illness or bring forth new ones. Drugs and alcohol can also interact with medicines used to treat mental illness, making them less effective.

  • addiction warning signs

    Watch for Warning Signs

    Unclear or confused thinking, extreme mood swings, and thoughts of suicide, among others, are warning signs that seeking treatment is the next step.

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    Chemically dependent people often do not want to accept their condition or how much substance abuse is affecting their lives, which can make it hard to distinguish between the disorders.

Often, people with mental health disorders believe their substance use and disorder are not related. Such denials can make it difficult to treat the person for their illness and addiction. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these, it may be time to seek treatment. Pathway to Hope can help. Our licensed and trained counselors can guide you through recovery and aftercare.

Assessments to determine dual-diagnosis should be conducted by a licensed mental health professional who can help determine if you should proceed with dual-diagnosis treatment. Your medical history and the results of cognitive and psychological tests may be taken into account along with other factors to understand the scope of the problem.

At Pathway to Hope, we believe dual-diagnosis and addiction services must be comprehensive and require an integrated approach. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also supports integrated treatment and says such treatment requires collaboration across disciplines. Intensive individualized therapy is at the core of your treatment plan at Pathway to Hope. You will work with your primary counselor to identify and address any mental health issues that have contributed to your substance abuse addiction issues. From there, specific interventions and treatments are developed and even outside referrals for medical management if required. Call us today at (844) 557-8575.