If you've heard the term 'dual diagnosis' bandied about, you may be wondering what, precisely, it is. In fact, it's just like it sounds. When a person presents with an addiction problem along with one or more mental conditions, they may benefit from specialized care available at dual diagnosis treatments centers in Los Angeles County.

Also known as co-existing disorders, dual diagnosis describes many of the people who come through the doors of Serenity Lodge in lovely Lake Arrowhead, California. Not every rehab facility is prepared to treat co-occurring conditions.

Although the concept of dual diagnosis treatment centers in Los Angeles County has been around for at least two decades, facilities that can treat multiple conditions are not as common as dual diagnosis itself. Clinics that have the skilled staff to treat co-current disorders tend to be quite successful, explains Psychology Today magazine.

Conditions that may occur together

A person who's addicted to drugs may also be habituated to risky sex, excessive gambling or other destructive behavior. Mood disorders may affect high-functioning alcoholics, as well as prescription drug addicts persons with a borderline personality disorder, may present with a crack or cocaine habit. Someone who's bipolar may also have an eating disorder. It's not the conditions that define the need for dual diagnosis treatment centers in Los Angeles or anywhere. It is the combination of two or more conditions that make our sort of treatment facility so successful.

Dual diagnosis treatment centers in Los Angeles County may offer treatment one of two ways. Sequential treatment involves getting to the root of an individual's addiction. Once the patient understands their need to find solace in drugs or drink, they may take advantage of group therapy, peer support meetings, and one-on-one counseling to help overcome a drug or drinking habit.

Separate treatment occurs when addiction and emotional problems are dealt with at the same time, but by different physicians, neither doctor may have the whole picture. For this reason, a center for rehab that is equipped to manage dual diagnosis patients is generally preferred.

A 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that nearly 8 million people in the United States experience a substance use disorder and mental illness simultaneously. More than half of those people are men, explains the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Symptoms of concurrent conditions

  • Withdrawal from family and friends

  • Sudden alterations in behavior

  • Using substances under risky circumstances

  • Engaging in self-defeating behaviors

  • Lack of control over substance use

  • Increased tolerance

  • Withdrawal symptoms when going without

  • Extreme mood changes

  • Problems concentrating

  • Avoidance of social activities

  • Suicide ideation 

If you or someone you care about shows any of the above signs, please reach out to a confidential dual diagnosis treatment center in Los Angeles County or wherever you happen to be. You can call Serenity Lodge Lake Arrowhead at 866.379.4365 any time, day or night. Making the call will not obligate you in any way. 

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