Dual – Diagnosis

Dual-Diagnosis, which is also known as co-occurring disorders, and is when a person is struggling with addiction as well as a mental health or eating disorder.  An example would be having an addiction to alcohol and also having clinical depression.

Sobertec Focuses on Treating Dual-Diagnosis

Sobertec has been treating many clients over the years with various co-occurring disorders.  They generally are amenable to alcohol and drug addiction treatment.  At Sobertec, we use methods such as a combination of individual and group counseling as well as selective drug therapy.  Sobertec focuses on stabilizing the client through methods such as detoxification and getting rid of the drug abuse in the individual in a supportive and controlled environment in order for addiction counseling and therapy to begin.  Through evaluations, assisted by acceptance as well as support, our clinicians pinpoint and diagnose the issues that have brought about the addiction.  This addiction alters the brain in basic and significant ways, interfering with an individual’s typical needs hierarchy and creating new strong priorities in relation to continuing to use the drug.  Their compulsive behaviors result from the inability to control impulses despite the negative consequences.  It is a mental illness.

When two or more illnesses or disorders are occurring at the same time, it is called comorbidity.  It can also imply interactions between the illnesses that can worsen both conditions.  This is the reason why it is very important to treat both diseases at the same time.  When left untreated, mental health disorders and addiction affect each other.  Both of these disorders can collectively disrupt the person’s functional capacity, ability to relate to and identify with others, as well as handle stressors and challenges.  It is of utmost importance to follow what is recommended by professionals because combining medications such as anti-anxiety tablets with alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous.

At Sobertec, the client meets with the clinical team in order to diagnose any co-occurring disorders.  After taking into account the client’s mental illness and addiction, a customized plan is effectively tailored for him or her.

The help you receive from Sobertec to recover from your drug and alcohol abuse and/or co-occurring disorders will occur in a supportive, understanding, and empathetic environment.  By building life skills, you will be working towards a post-treatment care plan to prolong and maintain your sobriety.

Comorbid Drug Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses

Many individuals with drug addiction are also diagnosed with other mental disorders.  Many people with mental disorders are also diagnosed with drug addiction.  Even though disorders of drug use often occur along with additional mental illnesses, this does not necessarily mean that one disorder caused another disorder. Determining which disorder came first or the reason why can be a challenge to pinpoint.

Research suggests these possibilities for this common co-occurrence.  Mental disorders can often lead to drug abuse.  This is possible because it is seen as a means of “self-medication” to relieve symptoms temporarily.  Drug abuse may bring about symptoms of a different mental illness. Increased risk of psychosis in vulnerable marijuana users suggests this possibility.

These disorders could also be caused by shared risk factors.  These may include involvement of brain regions that are similar.  Brain systems that respond to stress and reward, as an example, are impacted by drugs of abuse and may show abnormal activity in clients with particular mental disorders.  Drug use disorders and other mental illnesses are developmental disorders.   Early symptoms of a mental disorder may indicate an increased risk for later drug use.  Exposure to drugs of abuse early on in an individual’s life may change the brain in ways that increase the risk for having mental disorders.  The disorders often start in the teenage years or earlier, during times in which the brain goes through dramatic changes, developmentally.  Regarding involvement of similar brain regions, brain systems that respond to stress and reward, for example, are affected by drugs of abuse and may show abnormalities in clients with certain mental disorders.  Overlapping genetic vulnerabilities such as predisposing genetic factors may make a person susceptible to both addiction and other mental disorders or to having a greater risk of a second disorder once the first appears.  Overlapping environmental trigger such as stress, trauma (such as physical or sexual abuse), and early exposure to drugs are common environmental factors that can lead to addiction and other mental illnesses.

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