Out of 60 million people suffering from a mental illness, almost half also suffer from a secondary addiction. Dual Diagnosis programs are designed specially to treat anyone suffering from a substance abuse problem and a mental disorder at once. In many cases, one illness feeds the other so there are a number of benefits to treating addiction and depressive disorders at once.
Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment
As mentioned, Dual Diagnosis treatment has a number of benefits to those who need it. In many ways, it simply makes sense to treat both conditions at once. You will be able to manage one condition more effectively if the other is in check. You will then be able to undergo effective treatment for the second illness.
Getting treatment will also improve the quality of your life in a number of ways. Many turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to solve a number of types of depression. Substance abuse has also been proven to cause depression. Essentially one illness feeds the other, so even basic treatment should improve your mental status in some way.
Types of Dual Diagnosis Treatment
If you suffer from a substance abuse problem and a severe form of depression like clinical depression, Dual Diagnosis should be a consideration for you. In most cases, Dual Diagnosis treatment programs are part of residential rehab programs. Residential rehab gives you the chance to live away from the stresses of your life, battle your addiction, and seek counseling and other therapy for your depression at the same time. Dual Diagnosis therapies that run in conjunction with residential programs last between 30 and 90 days, though if you need more extensive treatment they will allow for that. Part of what makes this treatment so lengthy is that certain addictions require you to detox and purge the drugs from your system.
If you have a less severe addiction, or a milder form of depression like dysthymia, you may be able to find an outpatient treatment program that can accommodate both of your conditions. Many outpatient programs offer treatment that is just as intense as inpatient programs; they simply allow you to return home at the end of your treatment sessions. In a case of moderate addiction and moderate depression, counseling may provide you with the best course of treatment.
In each of these cases, treating your depression and your addiction is the best course of action because it allows you to regain control of your life.
Finding Dual Diagnosis Treatment
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