Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Florida
A 2017 study showed that 18% of adults have a mental health condition, and almost half of that 18% also has a substance abuse disorder. Mental health is a very important component in understanding and combating addiction, as the two exist in tandem. A co-occurring disorder (also known as dual diagnosis) is a term used to describe when an individual simultaneously suffers from both a mental illness and an addiction. Often times, people begin using drugs to try to mitigate symptoms of mental illnesses. As the brain begins to develop a chemical dependence to the drug, addiction quickly takes hold. As a co-occurring disorder treatment center, our staff is well-prepared to treat not just addiction, but its underlying causes.
Examples of Dual Diagnosis Disorders
Dual diagnosis disorders could include any combination of mental health and substance use disorders, but there are some that are more common than others, including the following:
- Anxiety and cocaine addiction
- Depression and heroin addiction
- PTSD and opioid addiction
What makes these common examples of co-occurring disorders? A combination of the chemical characteristics of the substance in question and the user’s mental health.
Cocaine Addiction and Anxiety
As a stimulant, cocaine use excites the brain’s neurotransmitters. This exaggerates any existing anxiety issues that a user may have before ingesting the drug. Even individuals without a history of anxiety can experience feelings of nervousness or even panic attacks while using cocaine, and these effects only increase for those with pre-existing anxiety disorders.
Heroin Addiction and Depression
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Some people who suffer from depression begin using heroin to help their mood improve, as heroin causes temporary feelings of euphoria. However, after even one use, heroin may cause users to experience a depressive state. This can lead to depressive episodes and even suicidal thoughts with those who have a history of depression.
Opioid Addiction and PTSD
Individuals who have experienced intense trauma often develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) within a few months after a traumatic incident occurs. To treat PTSD, some will self-medicate with prescription painkillers (opioids), which can be highly addictive. A user’s PTSD and opioid addiction will then begin to fuel each other, causing feelings of agitation, physical pain, and intense anxiety.
Footprints: A Holistic Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center
Footprints Beachside Recovery is a co-occurring disorders treatment center that is well-equipped for both addiction recovery and treatment of mental health disorders. We know that each dual diagnosis case is different. That’s why we craft individualized treatment plans for our clients based on both their history with substance use and mental health. For more information about how co-occurring disorder treatment works at Footprints Beachside Recovery, read more about our approach to drug and alcohol treatment.
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