What is Dual Diagnosis?

Beachway treats co-occurring disorders that may accompany addiction while treating substance use disorder. If left untreated, co-occurring disorders can lead to relapse. Treating all co-occurring disorders ensures a better recovery outcome from a substance use disorder. Beachway treats many common co-occurring disorders, along with addiction:

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Bipolar disorder

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Other behavioral
health concerns

What is Addiction and How Does it Begin?

Drug addiction, sometimes referred to as substance use disorder, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a disease that impacts an individual’s brain and behaviors and eventually causes a loss of control over drug, alcohol, or medication use. Addiction can start simply with experimental use or borrowing a prescription drug from a friend, for example. The risk of a full-blown addiction depends on the substance, as some drugs (including opioids and cocaine) are more addictive than others.

As a person continues to use drugs, they need more of the same substance to get the same high, and it becomes increasingly difficult to function without a fix. Without the drug, the user feels symptoms of withdrawal. This vicious cycle sets the stage for long-term substance abuse and dependence that can potentially destroy the drug user’s life and the ones with whom they are close.