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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

A Dual Diagnosis is established when a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) exists in conjunction with a psychological or psychiatric disorder or past trauma related disorder. The human body and brain are extremely complex. Oftentimes, the psychological/psychiatric disorder exists at the same time or precedes and contributes to the development of the addiction.

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Once established, the addictive disorder can worsen the psychiatric condition. It is also well established that addictive disorders can, in fact, cause and/or mimic the psychiatric condition, and will disappear in time once the SUD is appropriately addressed and treated.

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What Conditions Create a Dual Diagnosis?

A host of disorders and symptoms lead to a Dual Diagnosis, including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Eating Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Social Phobia

It is oftentimes difficult to establish which came first – Substance Use Disorder or the behavioral/psychiatric disorder. Even if you or your loved one has no awareness of any underlying disorders, our professionals are trained to pick up on patterns of behavior that can lead to a diagnosis.

Oftentimes, patients find that, after detoxification, their secondary illness comes to light.  At other times, after engaging in treatment and the path to Recovery, symptoms disappear.  Our caring professionals will be able to recognize the symptoms and establish or rule out a Dual Diagnosis.

Are There Any Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis?

Going through the grips of a SUD or watching a loved one suffer can be blinding. Families and loved ones, in their despair, can sometimes ignore the symptoms or believe it “will get better” once he/she stops their use.  You or your loved one may have a Dual Diagnosis if the following symptoms are present:

  • A family history of psychological, neurological, or physiological disorders
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Inability to control moods
  • Inability to keep a job
  • Inability to maintain long-term relationships
  • Legal issues
  • Financial problems

While these symptoms may just be a symptom of the Addictive disorder, their persistence during treatment and early Recovery is a key indicator of an underlying Dual Diagnosis. Assessing your own mental health or that of a loved one is nearly impossible, especially while in the throes of an addiction. It is crucial that a trained professional perform a continuing assessment and diagnosis to allow for proper treatment.

How Do You Treat A Dual Diagnosis?

Drug and Alcohol Program | Addiction Treatment Programs Tampa FLAfter detoxification, our professionals will develop your individualized plan of care. This plan will account for treatment both of the Substance Use Disorder and other conditions.

If the second condition has not yet presented itself, our professionals will continue to modify your plan when it does. As our trained counselors work with you towards Recovery, they will constantly be evaluating the treatment plan, communicating with our Medical Staff, and adapting it to best fit you.

Our plans are not a one-size-fits all or a one-and-done philosophy. We know that you are unique and our doctors will make sure that your plan is tailored to best serve your Recovery.

Treat a Dual Diagnosis at 7 Summit Pathways

You’re feeling hopeless, scared, totally alone and wondering how it ever got this bad. You may be afraid to let any one know and your life has become a big secret. You want it to end but you don’t know how. Many of us have been there.

Our experienced clinical staff and physicians have spent a lifetime helping thousands. We know what it takes and we are dedicated to giving you what works. Contact us, it will change your life!

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