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. Beachway believes in addressing both issues with multi-modal therapies that are customized to the individual. In a retreat setting, patients can escape their toxic environment and focus on dual diagnosis treatment.
Why Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment Critical?
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.