When facing mental health and substance abuse issues, it is normal to feel trapped by the rollercoaster ride of addiction. Recovering from alcohol or drug dependence is a complicated journey. A journey that may also require addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other mental health concerns.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
When a patient has both mental health issues and a substance use disorder, they’re experiencing something called “dual diagnosis.” Patients can, and do, recover from mental health illness and addiction. At Beachway’s Florida Treatment Center, we believe in addressing both issues with multi-modal therapies customized to the individual. In a retreat setting, patients can escape their toxic environment and focus on dual diagnosis treatment.
More information on what is dual diagnosis can be found here: www.beachway.com/what-is-dual-diagnosis/
Why Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment Critical?
“According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.5 million U.S. adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2019.” -National Alliance on Mental Illness
When mental health issues are pitted as a root cause of addiction rather than treated as part of a dual diagnosis program, individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder can feel trapped by their mental health issue(s). They want to recover from an addiction, but their mental health issue(s) become a justification — and this dynamic can bond a person to their addiction. They ask themselves, “why even try to get better if my anxiety will only drive me back to substances?” From this perspective, the addiction recovery process can feel like a hopeless, empty promise.