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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Hoboken NJ (201) 620-9144

Dual diagnosis describes people struggling simultaneously with drug addiction and mental health problems. The two aspects of this diagnosis can exacerbate each other and the support of a dual diagnosis program may be essential to ensure long-term recovery.

At Drug Treatment Centers Hoboken, our trained specialists can help treat your dual diagnosis in a safe and supervised environment. If you are struggling with co-occurring disorders, call us today at (201) 620-9144.

Mental health disorders and addiction

In many people with a dual diagnosis, the problems of addiction and mental health are closely linked. Long term substance abuse can have a detrimental impact on psychological well-being. A sufferer may experience a combination of paranoid delusions, psychotic episodes, mood swings, anxiety and depression. People already experiencing mental health problems may be more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. This may be due to a diminished sense of responsibility or an attempt to “self-medicate” and cope with the emotional struggles associated with mental illness.

Types of mental health disorders and addiction

While any combination of addictions and mental illness is possible, there are certainly more common patterns seen in people receiving treatment through a dual diagnosis program. Alcohol abuse is frequently associated with clinical depression. Anxiety disorders and tranquilizer abuse often go hand-in-hand. Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia, which are also associated with depression, might be concurrent with various forms of addiction.

Typically the effects of a given drug are used in an attempt to offset the consequences of a mental illness. People suffering from depression may turn to alcohol to “lift” their mood. Acute anxiety can be debilitating, and the abuse of illicitly obtained prescription drugs as relief is common.

What treatments are available?

Typically, the first step in treatment of dual diagnosis clients is a detoxification, or detox, program. This takes place under close medical supervision and may involve the administration of medication to manage withdrawal symptoms and increase the comfort of the client during this process. Once detox is finished, a clearer assessment of the underlying mental illness can be made. At this stage a continuing course of therapy and/or psychopharmacological intervention (medication) will be tailored to the client’s needs.

Therapy offered may involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), art and music therapy, group psychotherapy, yoga and meditation or any combination of these and similar treatments. Therapeutic interventions are designed to support ongoing recovery from addiction and positive management of underlying mental health issues.

Aftercare services and follow-up

Aftercare and follow-up are vital aspects of mental health and addiction treatment. Professionals and clients will typically work together to devise a follow-up program which encourages long term recovery from addiction and minimizes the risk of relapse. There are many options. Some are outlined below.

  • A sober-living community can act as a “halfway house” between rehab and the wider world. Clients in recovery enjoy a lot of autonomy but still receive support and advice.
  • Outpatient clinic: Some clients prefer to return to their homes but attend the clinic several times a week for ongoing support and counselling.
  • User groups can offer informal assistance and advice based on peer group sharing.

Dual Diagnosis in Lakewood

According to the most recent Mental Health National Outcome Measures (NOMS): Center for Mental Health Services Uniform Reporting System, over 60,000 adults are treated on the basis of a dual diagnosis each year throughout the U.S. A percentage for New Jersey was not calculated, but it is assumed that it will reflect the national average of 3.7 percent.

If you think you’re dealing with mental health problems and substance addiction, don’t hesitate to get the help and advice you need. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Hoboken today at (201) 620-9144.