Did you know that more than half of all people who suffer from the disease of addiction have underlying or co-occurring disorders? These are referred to as dual diagnosis disorders in the world of addiction treatment. But what does dual diagnosis mean? Dual diagnosis means that in addition to a substance abuse problem, users of drugs often have a psychological disorder as well. Often, the psychological disorder is what spurs the addiction. In many cases, however, it is the addiction or the damage done by substance abuse, that leads to many of the psychological disorders experienced by people with a dual diagnosis condition.

Both Disorders Must be Properly Diagnosed and Treated

Much research on the subject of dual diagnosis has accrued over the years. What is known today about dual diagnosis is that you can't treat one disorder without treating the other if you want to see real recovery take place. To treat addiction alone but not treat the psychological disorder, or to treat the psychological disorder alone without treating the addiction problem is a recipe for relapse and disease progression.

The Difficulty of Properly Diagnosing Dual Diagnosis Client

Many of the people who suffer from addiction mask their psychological disorders either knowingly or unintentionally. This can make diagnosing a psychological disorder a real challenge. Often, the side-effects of the drugs being abused are similar to the symptoms of psychological disorders. Hence, psychological disorders may be overlooked, or symptoms chalked up as a result of drug use.

For example, chronic marijuana abusers often display similar behaviors to people with schizophrenia disorders. Psychosis, paranoia, and hallucinations are symptomatic of schizophrenia and marijuana abuse. When going before a physician or a psychologist, a person might have schizophrenia, but their symptoms are thought to be derived from marijuana abuse.

You Must Seek Help if You're Going to Get Better

If you are someone who you know has a dual diagnosis disorder or suspect you might have a dual diagnosis disorder, it is essential to get off the drugs, into a clean environment, and begin receiving the treatment you need. By correctly diagnosing and treating your mental health disorder, your chances of long-term sobriety will be significantly increased.

The Road to Recovery

Depending on your situation, you may need to detoxify from the drugs and alcohol you've been putting into your body. If that's the case for you, we can help you take that crucial first step. It is critical that you detox in a controlled medical environment. Don't try to do it alone! After detox, Serenity Lodge Lake Arrowhead has plenty of treatment programs that can benefit you. We customize all of our treatment plans to the individual needs, goals, and personalities of our clients.

Indeed, Serenity Lodge Lake Arrowhead provides world-class dual diagnosis treatment programs near Riverside County. Here, you can get the help you need, recover in a peaceful and luxurious environment, and have the privacy you crave. Give us a call, send us an email, or stop by if you're in the area.

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