Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

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A 2017 study showed that 18% of adults have a mental health condition, and almost half of them have 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.

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Addiction becomes more complicated when mental illness is involved.

Examples of Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders could include any combination of mental health and substance use disorders, but there are some that are more common than others, such as anxiety and cocaine addiction, depression and heroin addiction, PTSD and opioid addiction, and more.

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. 

Depression and Heroin Addiction

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.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Addiction to Opioids

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.

Treating Dual Diagnosis at Footprints Beachside Recovery

Footprints Beachside Recovery is a holistic treatment center that is well-equipped for dual diagnosis treatment. We know that each dual diagnosis case is different. That’s why we craft individual 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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