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Florida Dual Diagnosis
Treatment Center

Located in the waterfront city of West Palm Beach, Beachway specializes in dual diagnosis treatment programs designed to help patients overcome their battles with addiction and co-occurring mental disorders. Our team is committed to helping men and women achieve lifelong changes by focusing on the underlying problems that can often make recovery extremely difficult. With experience in treating a wide range of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, we are able to heal patients from the inside and empower them to defeat their addiction for good.

Each year, millions of Americans struggle with the effects of substance abuse and addiction. Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be a major concern across the United States, with many people seeking treatment and rehabilitation to help get back to living a healthier and happier life free of the struggles associated with substance abuse. However, when it comes to treating a person’s addiction, it’s important to understand their full, unique situation. In many cases, an underlying co-occurring disorder could be partially responsible for a person’s struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

This dual diagnosis of substance abuse and a co-occurring disorder – such as clinical depression or anxiety – can make it extremely difficult for someone to fully overcome their addiction, and if not properly treated, could repeatedly end in relapse. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse and a co-occurring disorder may be a factor, specialized dual diagnosis care and treatment could help alleviate struggles associated with both the addiction and underlying disorder. Beachway is a nationally recognized dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida with years of experience treating patients with customized, multi-modality therapy.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis is when a person struggling with substance abuse and addiction also suffers from a co-occurring mental disorder. These co-occurring disorders often play a role in stimulating a person’s addiction to a given drug or alcohol as they attempt to treat the negative effects of their specific disorder.

Some common co-occurring disorders include:


What Are the Symptoms of a
Dual Diagnosis?

Symptoms of a dual diagnosis will vary based on the co-occurring disorder a person is suffering from, but may range from suicidal thoughts or tendencies, anti-social behavior, and a lack of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyed. Additional dual diagnosis symptoms may include:

  • Sudden mood or behavioral changes
  • Risky or unsafe behavior
  • Lack of self-control

Dual diagnoses are unfortunately extremely common, with an estimated eight million cases in the US each year. Roughly one in four people who suffer from a serious mental illness end up developing problems with substance abuse.

A dual diagnosis could make recovery extremely difficult to achieve if any co-occurring conditions are not addressed. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and is showing any of the above symptoms, dual diagnosis treatment may be the best option for lasting results. By identifying these co-occurring mental disorders that can often fuel or worsen addiction, we can help treat the root cause and create a path to recovery. Beachway offers dual diagnosis screenings at our West Palm Beach rehabilitation center to help identify any underlying conditions that could be contributing to substance abuse issues.


The Most Common Co-
Occurring Disorders

In many dual diagnosis cases, the underlying disorder could often play a role in fueling a person’s addiction, and may even worsen the abuse or make it very difficult to fully overcome in the long-term.

Traditional rehabilitation programs often focus on the addiction and substance abuse without fully taking into account these underlying disorders that are often part of the cause.

Some of the most common mental disorders linked to substance abuse include:

Unfortunately many of these co-occurring mental disorders go undiagnosed, which often leads to cycles of substance abuse and addiction as a way to cope with the negative effects.

For example, a person suffering from depression may use alcohol as a means to escape the effects of depression. However, this form of self-medication often only provides temporary benefits, resulting in increased tolerance and use. This cycle can eventually become extremely difficult to stop and as the substance abuse continues, can lead to problems with withdrawals, deteriorating health, and even death.

This is why it is especially important to address both factors when a dual diagnosis is present. If the co-occurring disorder is not properly treated with a person’s addiction, there is a much lower chance of success and a greater risk of relapse.


Overcoming a Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis treatment can help a person to overcome their addiction by carefully addressing the effects of their co-occurring disorder as well as their substance abuse. Unfortunately, more than half of dual diagnosis sufferers receive the comprehensive treatment they require to fully overcome substance abuse for good.

Beachway specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and customizes therapy for each individual patient based on his or her own unique situation. With one-on-one group therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, support groups, and more, we are able to treat addictions at their root cause to provide lasting benefits that help to renew a happy and healthy life.