It has become increasingly common for individuals to be diagnosed with both a mental illness and a substance abuse issue. This is the result of increases in societal pressures, and advances in the understanding of these issues within the medical community.
Many treatment programs are equipped to address these diagnoses separately, buy it is now understood that the unique problems and increased risk factors that arise from a dual diagnosis are best treated together.
Beachway is leading the way in the innovative field of dual diagnosis treatment centers with cutting edge treatment programs tailored to meet the individual’s needs.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis is a modern term that acknowledges the simultaneous occurrence of both a mental health and a substance abuse issue. Though the phenomenon of both mental illness and addictions affecting a single individual is not a new one, the term dual diagnosis is a breakthrough, because it acknowledges the unique issues that affect people who are dealing with both problems simultaneously.
With the establishment of dual diagnosis within medical practice has come an increase in the study of its implications, as well as a number of breakthrough treatments. Beachway’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center offers individuals who have received a dual diagnosis access to treatments that are appropriate for the complexities of their unique situation. The issues we see in our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center include:
Why Do Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Occur Together?
Both substance abuse and mental illness are commonly linked to the same root cause – a break in the healthy development of the brain caused by a number of different social, biological and ecological factors. Psychiatrists and Doctors are just beginning to understand the impacts that trauma, abuse and other stressful incidences have on the development of the brain according to Medline Plus research.
Alternatively, the abuse of certain substances can also interrupt healthy brain functioning and development and lead to the occurrence of mental health issues. Whether a dual diagnosis starts with a brain malfunction, or a brain malfunction is caused by drug abuse, the fact is that they often occur together and are best treated together.
What Happens at Beachway’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?
Beachway’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment center provides a holistic approach to treatment that takes into account the unique situation, inclinations and needs of the individual. There are multiple aspects of a person’s life that lead to a dual diagnosis and are impacted by it, such as trauma, lack of resources and support, oppression, spiritual crisis, and the impact of drugs and medications on the individual as well their family. By looking at the whole person and their unique needs, staff members are able to create an individual program of care that is ethical, competent and effective.
We believe our clients have the right to choose the care that works best for them. Keeping in mind the autonomy and individuality of each person we provide personalized services tailored to their needs and preferences. Our specialized programs include detoxing, therapy, support groups and aftercare plans. We work extensively with each person to examine their case history and to create a rehabilitation plan that is thorough and considerate of what will best support their full recovery.
One-to-one counseling as well as group counseling is available. One-to-one counseling is an opportunity to work with professionals who are on the cutting edge of the field of dual diagnosis treatment and to receive unconditional support and sound guidance. In group counseling, individuals receive support and understanding from their peers. The group process is an opportunity to recognize the common challenges faced by those struggling with a dual diagnosis and to give and receive non-judgemental support and reflection.
Is Recovery from Mental Health and Addictions Possible?
Beachway is challenging the common misconception that mental health and substance abuse issues are untreatable. Many programs available in the mainstream medical system focus on the deficits and disabilities of people struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, and only serve to trap them in these diagnoses.
At Beachway’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center we focus on recovery. A recognition of the positive traits, strengths and resilience of individuals helps them to create a new identity that celebrates and encourages their potential. The belief that individuals with a dual diagnosis are untreatable is an outdated one. Our staff have the knowledge and understanding to help our clients move beyond this debilitating stigma, and to build on the strengths and resources that make recovery achievable.
What Makes Beachway’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Different?
The main difference in our dual diagnosis treatment center over other treatment programs is that we have a specialized focus and training in dual diagnosis rehab, and the time and resources to provide the best care in this arena. Our staff is not under the same constraints of time and money that professionals in the mainstream medical system face. Therefore, we take the time to get to know each individual and we are able to stay up to date on current research in this innovative field, while focusing on providing the highest quality support.
Will I Need Follow Up Support?
We recognize that dual diagnosis often occurs alongside other issues in a person’s life, such as relationship challenges, housing issues, oppression and the potential for re-traumatization or relapse. This is why we work with clients throughout the treatment program to rebuild healthy coping mechanisms, to create safety plans and to consider the additional supports available to them in their community. Our staff members are incredibly knowledgeable about supports and resources available after the program ends and we work with each individual to identify and seek out the supports that will benefit their specific needs and preferences.
While we have confidence in the ability of our clients to make a full recovery, follow up support and aftercare are available when and where they are necessary.
How Can I Get More Information and Sign Up?
When you are ready to make your recovery from a dual diagnosis we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you. Please contact us via email or on our toll-free number at 877-284-0353 to speak with a treatment professional who will be able to answer all of your questions and to give you detailed instructions on how to register for the dual diagnosis treatment program.