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Monday, September 21, 2015

Overcoming the Pain of a Dual Diagnosis

California dual diagnosis rehab programAddiction is one of the most painful things a family can go through, but when there is a complicating co-occurring disorder, life is even more painful and unpredictable. Whether you began using drugs and alcohol to dull the impact of mental illness, or you have developed a mental impairment after years of drug abuse, the results are often the same. Your life begins to feel as if it has been taken over by fear, depression, panic attacks, anger, paranoia, and an inability to focus. The good news: Complete Harmony’s team of addiction experts can help.

Dual diagnosis is common among the chemically dependent; yet, according to a study conducted by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 12 percent of the 4 million Americans suffering from a dual diagnosis received treatment for drug addiction and their co-occurring condition. Unfortunately, the chance of sobriety is drastically reduced when both conditions are not dealt with simultaneously.

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment at Complete Harmony

If you meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, Complete Harmony provides customized dual-diagnosis treatment plans that address both your mental illness and your addiction. When therapists and physicians understand both portions of your struggle, they can provide mental health care alongside addiction recovery for more successful results. Treatment methods include, but are not limited to:

• Parallel therapy for addiction & mental illness
Holistic therapies that induce calm & improve mental clarity
• Nutrition & exercise plans for improved wellness
• Psychotherapeutic medication management from specialty physicians
• Family therapy & counseling sessions
• Inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation
 • Support groups & community sober living situations
Smart Recovery programs
• 12-step and non-12-step therapy

Does Someone You Love Have a Dual Diagnosis?

You may be aware of a loved one’s addiction, but how do you know if they also have a dual diagnosis? Sometimes it is difficult to tell where addiction stops and mental illness begins. If your friend or family member exhibits the following symptoms, have them evaluated by a psychotherapist or a physician to determine if they struggle with a co-occurring disorder:

• Helpless or hopeless behavior
• Loss of energy
• Disinterest in daily activities or recreation
• Sudden & frequent panic attacks
• Insomnia or decreased need for sleep
• Hyperactivity & increased energy
• Anger & rage
• Impulsivity & judgment impairment
• Behavior that alternates between euphoria & sadness
• Inability to concentrate
• Sudden, unexplained weight loss or weight gain

Get Help in CA for Dual Diagnosis

Fortunately, when you have a care team that understands addiction and mental illness, there is hope for a new tomorrow. The Complete Harmony team provides specialized counseling and medical treatment for dual diagnosis clients, and our team will help you identify the root of your addiction and set achievable recovery goals. To learn more about the connections between mental illness and addiction, or to speak with our admissions team about residing at our beautiful beach community during your recovery, call 866.930.4673 today.
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