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Dual Diagnosis in Rye, NY

It is not uncommon for those who battle drug addiction to also battle a mental disorder. This is known as a dual diagnosis. The National Institute of Health explains that drug abuse can lead to mental disorders and vice versa. Ultimately, it does not matter which develops first. The true issue lies in obtaining treatment for both.

The most common mental disorders that affect those with a dual diagnosis are depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bi polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders. Those who suffer from a mental illness may begin taking drugs as a way to self-medicate. Drugs and alcohol can temporarily relieve the symptoms of the psychological problems, but it does not address the root cause of the issues, this perpetuating the drug abuse, and eventually addiction. For those who start as drug users, a dual diagnosis can arise after prolonged use. Drug use can cause permanent changes to brain function, leaving some with worsening depression and an inability to cope with daily life. If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental disorder and a substance abuse problem, call Drug Rehab Centers Rye at 914-829-5799.


Addiction Statistics

With more than 17.5 million American adults struggling with a mental disorder, it is no surprise that more than 4 million of these also have an issue with drug dependency.  In New York alone, 175,000 adolescents use illicit drugs each year. That works out to 11.2 percent. The statistics for alcohol are even worse. Of these, one in five is likely to experience a Major Depressive Episode.

Lack of access to mental health services and easier access to prescription medications can leave people of all ages struggling in their day-to-day lives. In addition to illicit drugs, alcohol and prescription painkillers can create problems for those with an existing mental condition, and they can cause mental disorders in previously healthy people. Dual diagnosis treatment can help combat these issues and help users get clean, sober and feeling better.


What Treatments are Available?

Most dual diagnosis treatment programs combine a variety of different therapies to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Using a combination of psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and behavioral management, treatment centers help users kick the habit and learn new coping skills.

  • Psychopharmacology – For patients suffering from a mental disorder and drug addiction, there is often the need for medication. Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other personality disorders often respond to prescribed medications, getting rid of the need to self-medicate. Psychopharmacology treatment gives patients access to the prescription medications they need to get their symptoms under control
  • Psychotherapy – There is no quick fix for drug addiction. Medication can help, but patients need to talk through their issues and find workable solutions to everyday situations. Psychotherapy allows them to talk through issues with a mental health professional who can give them actionable advice.
  • Behavioral management – This term describes a series of techniques and skills designed to give patients the ability to better manage their negative behaviors. Daily activities can leave recovering addicts repeating old mistakes. Behavioral management seeks to teach them alternative strategies for handling stress and productive ways of approaching negative situations. This conditioning might incorporate role playing and discussion to during therapy sessions.


Drug Treatment Centers and Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Every drug treatment center approaches addiction counseling and treatment from a different perspective. For those with a dual diagnosis it is important to find a rehabilitation center that is equipped to handle both issues, simultaneously. At Rye Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers, we can discuss with you the different treatment options and determine which will work best. Many long-term addicts have complicating secondary issues, so a treatment center that offers only detox is unlikely to be successful at long-term rehabilitation. Drug treatment centers that offer dual diagnosis treatment are more likely to have the tools on hand to help patients find life-long sobriety. Call us today at 914-829-5799 for more information about our treatment programs.


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