Dual Diagnosis: Why Treating Both Matters

Treating both of your diagnoses ensures a fuller recovery and a better life. A person stops drinking but doesn’t seek any help. They are just as stubborn, disagreeable and angry as they were when drinking. You may have heard the term dry drunk used with this type of person. Through their own innate wisdom or encouragement, others and even the dry drunk finally decides to get help through a therapist, meetings or treatment. No matter how you arrived in recovery, a good question to ask is, what’s the underlying cause of my addiction?

When addicts and alcoholics come into treatment their initial diagnosis is substance addiction—a serious disease that in some cases can lead to death if not treated. These people are in a diminished state of mind, and may need detoxification for the safety of their health.

Underlying mental disorders could show themselves right away, or become evident to a therapist or clinician when the haze of addiction begins to clear a client. Mental health disorders are commonly associated with addiction and alcoholism. That’s because the desire to drink or take drugs in excess is masking something painful. Some of these disorders are: post-traumatic stress disorder, antisocial personality disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and depression. When a mental disorder presents itself in addition to addiction, it is called a dual diagnosis. Don’t think about a dual diagnosis as a label, but rather as information.

Having dual diagnosis necessitates being treated for both. Liken this to the example of the dry drunk. The alcoholism use was pushed down, but the symptoms remained. The roots of diseases and disorders are connected because everything in our body is connected. If you don’t treat both your diagnosis, you could end up on a broken down merry-go-round. You’ll run the risk of delving into addictive behavior, and might not ever experience the joy that comes from recovery.

Being diagnosed with a dual-diagnosis mental health disorder can feel overwhelming. “What a drag! I gave up drinking, and now I have to deal with this other thing!” Don’t despair. You’ve asked for help and received it. You’re already on your way to a better life. Learning all you can about your dual diagnosis is essential for regaining your equilibrium. There is no same-day service in recovery, but the more you work at it with a trained professional and on your own, the greater the rewards.

Treatment can be a transformative process when you find a program that works for you as well as with you. At Infinity Treatment Centers, lasting recovery is attainable at last. Our luxury residences offer the highest privacy and comfort while our clinical program provides the personalized approach necessary for infinite change. Call us today for information: (855) 544-0611

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