Dual diagnosis is the term used to describe people with mental illness who have coexisting drug and alcohol problems. Research tells us that clients who have mental health problems in addition to chemical dependency have a greater challenge in recovery. Due to the additional challenges a dual diagnosis may present, it is important that an individual with co-occurring mental illness and a substance addiction enters into a dual diagnosis treatment center. The untreated symptoms of a mental health disorder can cause an individual to have difficulty remaining clean and sober, and untreated substance abuse issues can render mental health treatment ineffective. Thus, Serenity Now, CMHC believes it is vital to our clients’ recovery to concurrently address both the substance abuse and co-occurring mental illness.
Among those with substance abuse problems, the most common co-occurring mental health problems include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma-related issues. Our personalized treatment plans are designed to concurrently address a client’s substance abuse and mental health issues. Because untreated mental illness is a common cause of substance relapse, it is vital to address both diagnoses at the same time. We provide individual counseling sessions as well as group therapy to address any underlying roots to the client’s dual diagnosis. By utilizing an integrated treatment approach, Serenity Now, CMHC, a specialized dual diagnosis treatment center, is better able to help the client become free from their dangerous and self-destructive cycles that may be complicated due to untreated mental illness.
Substance abuse complicates almost every aspect of treating an individual with mental illness. These complications include greater difficulty in engaging dually diagnosed individuals in treatment, as well as a challenging diagnosis process due to the interacting effects of substance abuse and the mental illness. Individuals with dual diagnoses often struggle with maintaining support systems, and may experience frequent relapses and hospitalizations. The facts about dual diagnoses may sound grim, but at our dual diagnosis treatment center we believe that all clients, including those with co-occurring mental illness, can achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety.
Our dual diagnosis treatment center provides therapy groups to assess medication management, as well as mental health management skills. In addition, clients in the dual diagnosis track may be seen by the program’s psychiatrist on a weekly basis. Primary therapists also treat these clients in individual sessions multiple times per week. Continuing care is, in most cases, necessary for those who are dually diagnosed. The various levels of care offered at Serenity Now, CMHC help our clients maintain sobriety as they gradually gain more independence and learn how to effectively cope with their mental illness without the use of drugs and alcohol.
With the proper tools and support, our dually diagnosed clients can learn how to live happy, productive lives free from drugs and alcohol. Serenity Now, CMHC prides itself on providing a safe space for healing from substance abuse and other mental health issues.
Call our 24/7 confidential helpline today at 866.802.5868 and let us advocate for your recovery. We are here for you and your loved one.