The day you decide you want to get sober is a day you’ll embark on a rewarding and challenging journey. This is something most people will need help to accomplish successfully. For some individuals, a mental health illness makes the journey to recovery even more complex.

The team at Restore Mental Health understands that being able to receive treatment for mental health illnesses in conjunction with addiction can improve the overall outcome. We’re committed to helping our residents reach the success they need to live a productive life. Coming to our program means you’ll have the support you need from the withdrawal phase through your reintegration into society.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis, more often referred to as co-occurring conditions, means a person has at least one mental health condition occurring at the same time as addiction. Some of the conditions commonly associated with this include schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. Other conditions, such as anorexia or bulimia, might also occur with the addiction and other mental health disorders.

While some people worry about which of these coexisting conditions occurred first, that’s actually not important at all. The important factor in these cases is that the person who’s dealing with these conditions gets the help they need right away. This helps to stop the troubling cycle that makes it hard for the person to live the life they deserve.

Why Is It Beneficial To Treat Both at the Same Time?

Around half the people who have at least one serious mental health condition also have a substance abuse disorder. Either condition can manifest first, but being able to treat them both is critical for success. If the mental illness isn’t treated, the person may succumb to their addiction again, even if they were living a sober life. If the addiction isn’t treated, it may pull them back into the mental illness even if it was being treated.

For some people, drugs and alcohol are a way to cope with the symptoms of a mental health condition. They try to use them to feel as normal as they can, but these substances cause problems of their own. Receiving treatment for all the co-occurring conditions is the only way they can have an optimal chance of success.

Treating the coexisting conditions at the same time sometimes comes naturally, as some of the methods for treating the mental health condition may also treat the addiction. This enables the person to make great strides in their treatment, which can help keep them motivated. It also helps to address the deeper underlying problems that could trigger relapses in the future. Treating them now helps minimize that risk, which increases the chance of the person enjoying a sober life.

What Types of Treatments Are Used for Dual Diagnosis?

multifaceted treatment program is necessary for a person who has a dual diagnosis. While some people might need all of the programs mentioned below, others will only need some. The important thing is that their treatment program is customized so they get the help they need as soon as possible.

The treatment program will usually start with detox and inpatient rehab. The detoxification period will last up to seven days while the substances that were being abused leave the body. At Restore Mental Health, our trained team monitors residents during this phase of treatment. We use proven methods and techniques to help our residents as they go through the withdrawal process.

During the inpatient portion of the program, you’ll be able to focus on healing yourself under the guidance of our trained staff. The supportive program at Restore Mental Health includes:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Some individuals may need medications to help them overcome the mental illness. Under the watchful eye of our staff members, our doctors can ensure that each resident gets the proper medications for their conditions. Each resident is closely monitored for optimal medication management for their condition, with adjustments to the medication made as needed.

When you leave our program and go back out into society, you’ll have much more freedom than you had here. By that time, however, you should have the tools you need to remain sober while you deal with real-world issues. We’re still here to support you during that time.

Some people prefer a gradual transition to full freedom. Our sober house and outpatient therapy options provide more support and a more structured environment than going out into the world directly after treatment. These are great transition options for people who don’t have family members or a strong support system in the area.

Why Choose Restore Mental Health?

The professionals at Restore Mental Health realize there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for a dual diagnosis. We learn what treatments each resident needs and tailor their plan to include those. It’s one way we encourage our residents to be successful in their program.

There are instances in which heavy substance abuse can cause changes in the brain. Finding ways to help a person adjust to those can be quite challenging, but we’re up for that challenge. Some conditions, such as depression, schizophrenia and anxiety are worsened by the changes in the brain that come with prolonged or heavy substance abuse.

When you come to Restore Mental Health for treatment of a substance use disorder that’s co-occurring with a mental health condition, we start your care out with complete evaluation. Our psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to work with patients who are detoxing so they can get the treatment plan established quickly.

Once your treatment program has been created, you can focus on yourself in the comfort of our state-of-the-art facility in southern Florida. Since you don’t have to worry about what’s going on outside the program, you can truly work on meeting your goals. Our staff members are here to support you every step of the way.

Contact Restore Mental Health Today

Your journey to sobriety should include treatment for the underlying conditions that led to the addiction. The team at Restore Mental Health is here to help you go through your treatment program so you can enjoy your life. Give us a call at 844-950-1070 to discuss your needs with one of our knowledgeable team members. We accept many insurance policies, and we also have a convenient self-pay option for individuals without insurance coverage.