Although it may seem obvious, the best treatments for dual-diagnosis disorders are ones that address the needs of the individual. That said, at least 50 percent of people with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health issue such as PTSD, depression, or an anxiety disorder, which highlights just how important it is to treat dual-diagnosis disorders effectively. While treatment for dual-diagnosis disorders may include different forms of therapy, support groups, and medication, it is incredibly important that both disorders are treated at the same time as deeply connected issues. If the disorders are treated separately there is a risk that one will retrigger the other, creating a vicious cycle in which no satisfactory progress can be made.
Some of the most effective evidence-based therapies used to treat dual-diagnosis disorders include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the connection between a person’s thoughts, self-talk, and actions, while dialectical behavior therapy helps you become more aware of how you relate to and interact with yourself and others.
It is sometimes necessary to stabilize a person’s physical or psychological condition with the help of various medications. People in a state of severe emotional, physical, or psychological distress are not ready for intensive therapy and can benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT) until they are able to delve into their emotions and trauma with the help of a knowledgeable therapist.
Supportive services, such as case management, housing assistance, and employment support, can help individuals with dual diagnoses manage the challenges of living with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.
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At Quest 2 Recovery, our holistic treatment philosophy is focused on the unique needs of the individual. Our knowledgeable and professional team members offer incredible support and guidance to everyone who attends one of our programs and also help oversee the practical details involved with attending treatment to make your path to recovery as smooth as possible. With a trauma-based approach in a safe, family-like environment, we offer medical detox and tailored treatment plans to help people of all ages learn more about and resolve the underlying issues that cause substance abuse. If you or someone you love is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, contact us today.