Dual Diagnosis, which is also called co-occurring disorders or comorbidity refers to a condition in which a person is struggling with both an addiction and a mental health issues. Facing just one of these challenges can take a lot of energy and work towards self-transformation, having to face both of these dragons at the same time can easily feel overwhelming. Thankfully Serenity’s leading dual diagnosis drug treatment program is here to help.
You Are Not Alone
A survey from the National Association of Mental Illness reveals that 37 percent of people with alcoholism and 53 percent of those with a drug addiction also have a serious mental illness. Sometimes people with unwanted negative emotions or thoughts self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to temporarily make life easier.
Other people may find that their substance abuse aggravates or interacts negatively with their brain chemistry to bring on depression, bipolar disorder, or another mental health challenge. Whichever one can be said to have “caused” the other, it is often the case that, for many people, a struggle with their mental health is intimately connected.
If you feel like you, or someone you care about, is drowning in a sea of both addiction and a mental illness, know that they are not alone. This intimate connection between two challenges can be good news for treatment, as working towards recovery with one challenge can do a great deal of good for another.
Addiction itself is a mental health challenge, as it is rooted in a brain that has acquired an overpowering obsession for a drug, that goes beyond normal human needs and wants.
Furthermore, a lot of drugs affect brain chemistry in ways that can be pathological. Marijuana can increase paranoia and anxiety, alcohol is a depressant, and stimulants can create a sense of mania.
Treating someone’s dual diagnosis condition starts with separating them from their active substance abuse, and then treating difficulties that remain. It is imperative that the addiction treatment, physical healing, and psychological examination not be separated from each other. These conditions all come together, and are related to each other, and need to be part of a thoughtful, personalized, holistic treatment that meets all of your needs.
Dual Diagnosis At Serenity
Serenity Malibu offers luxury inpatient care to help people in need of dual diagnosis care receive help they need with a well-trained and innovative staff that meets every part of their needs and care.
Your physical healing is looked after with a full medical examination as soon as you check-in. Board certified physicians will continue to monitor your detoxing and health throughout your stay. In addition, there are many programs to help work on your health and experience the healing power of exercise and physical activity. Some options available to you include acupuncture, workshops on cooking and nutrition, fitness therapy, a variety of beach and water activities, massage, and yoga.
Developing new strategies for coping with life that don’t involve substance abuse, and discussing and working through the challenges of sobriety are a high priority. Weekly, you will receive relapse prevention training, or cognitive-behavioral focused therapy dealing very concretely with how you can maintain your sobriety and continue in your recovery. Through regular meetings with both a therapist and a peer support group, you can learn how to rebuild your life.
Serenity also has a wide variety of activities to help deal with deeper mental health issues and trauma, facing whatever comes up and learning how to start a path to healing and dealing with these challenges directly. Resources available to you include facilitated meeting with family, art creative writing, and music therapy, DBT to gain life skills, EMDR to treat traumatic experiences, dream analysis, meditation and neurofeedback to combat anxiety.
These are just a few of the possibilities that can start you on the path to full recovery. It is not easy, but it is not something you have to face alone.