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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A drug or alcohol addiction can be complicated enough to deal with on its own, but when it is accompanied by a mental or emotional disorder, it becomes even more difficult

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

When an individual suffers from a mental or emotional disorder and is addicted to drugs or alcohol at the same time, this is known as a dual diagnosis. Fully assessing a person’s mental health is very important, as underlying issues often pose special complications when it comes to stopping drugs or alcohol. It’s important to know, drug and alcohol abuse on its own can sometimes bring about depression or anxiety, which means diagnosing these conditions often gives us clues as to the seriousness of one’s addiction.

Here at North Coast Recovery, we offer dual diagnosis treatment for the following conditions:

How Many People Have a Dual Diagnosis?

A relatively high number of patients are identified as having a dual diagnosis. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that:

  • More than half of all people seeking drug abuse treatment also obtain treatment for a mental or emotional disorder.
  • Nearly 40 percent of those with an alcohol addiction also suffer from a mental or emotional disorder.
  • Approximately 30 percent of all mental health patients have an addiction to one or more illicit substances.

What Are Some Typical Symptoms Experienced by Patients with a Dual Diagnosis?

The exact symptoms may vary from person to person, but can include:

  • Overwhelming fear
  • Panic attacks
  • Becoming easily agitated
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in day-to-day activities
  • Lethargy or a general lack of energy

Substance Abuse and Emotional Problems go Hand in Hand

The presence of a mental or emotional disorder often brings about substance abuse whenever individuals use drugs or alcohol to “self-medicate.” Over time, a person must use higher amounts or consume substances at more frequent intervals to achieve the same effects. This can quickly lead to an addiction that will require professional assistance in order to break.

Making matters worse is the fact that extensive drug or alcohol abuse can chemically alter the brain, leading to mental disorders in those who previously had no underlying issues. This is especially true among young people who experiment with drugs and alcohol before their brains have had a chance to fully develop.

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.

North Coast Recovery, a place of healing…a place of hope.