Dual Diagnosis (sometimes referred to as a co-occurring disorder) is a term used to describe a person who experiences both a substance use disorder and mental illness at the same time. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that as of 2018, a whopping 9.2 million Americans had a dual diagnosis. Some people experience mental illness first, which can lead to the development of the substance use disorder, while others experience this process the other way around. It does not matter which came first — the mental illness or the substance use disorder — as the treatment for this particular condition is the same.
At Genesis House, we see several clients who are experiencing co-occurring disorders. Whether the substance use disorder is occurring alongside depression, anxiety, a personality disorder, or ADHD (to name a few), we are fully prepared to provide the utmost quality of care. Our team works together to develop a highly individualized treatment program based on the diagnosis determined by Genesis House’s full-time psychiatrist and clinical team. Genesis House houses an interdisciplinary team that is not only made up of a strong clinical team and psychiatrist (who conducts all psychiatric evaluations, follow-ups, medication management, and diagnoses), but also several other mental health professionals and addiction specialists that have education and experience in treating dual diagnosis clients.
How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?
In the past, people with dual diagnoses did not receive the comprehensive care needed to effectively treat both their substance use disorder and their mental illness. Instead, those seeking help were often turned away and told to return once they sobered up. Mental health professionals during this time would not even consider providing treatment for one or more mental illnesses to someone also addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Thankfully, today the approach to treating someone with both a substance use disorder and a mental illness is much different.
For starters, both conditions are not looked at as separate entities, rather two conditions that are continuously playing off one another and producing toxic results. Today, ental health professionals at Genesis House are dedicated to treating both the substance use disorder and the mental illness at the exact same time, as research has proven this approach to be most effective.
A Specific Approach to Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Florida
There is a basic framework for providing dual diagnosis treatment Florida to each and every client who comes to Genesis House. This framework includes, but is not limited to, the following components:
- Assessment — Upon entering our dual diagnosis treatment in Florida at Genesis House, each client is professionally assessed to better determine what his or her most pressing treatment needs are. During this assessment, our experienced clinicians will ask questions that help our team understand the severity of your substance use disorder and what type of mental illness you are experiencing. Through a series of questions and conversations, our psychiatrist can draw conclusions from this assessment, which will help build the proper treatment plan for the client.
- Participation in an addiction treatment program — Depending on the client’s physical and psychological condition upon entering Genesis House, he or she may need to spend time detoxing prior to getting involved in the therapeutic portion of his or her care. If this is the case, detox is the first step in which the client begins the process of ridding the body of all drugs and alcohol. Once the detoxification process is complete, the client will continue on with his or her addiction treatment program, which will include behavioral and other forms of therapy.
- Behavioral (and other forms of) therapy — In order to properly treat dual diagnosis clients, an individualized treatment plan must include behavioral and other forms of intensive therapy. Our dual diagnosis treatment in Florida focuses on conducting all necessary therapies simultaneously in order for the client to address both issues rather than allowing one to get worse while the other is being treated. Therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma treatment (such as EMDR), and individual and group counseling have been proven effective in treating substance use disorders and the vast majority of mental illnesses.
- Relapse prevention — The first line of defense against relapse is to possess the appropriate coping skills to manage temptation, stress, and adversity. Learning how to continue to utilize effective coping skills is a vital component of dual diagnosis treatment in Florida. Relapse prevention focuses on helping clients participating in dual diagnosis treatment implement their newfound skills in ways that give them confidence when applying them in real-life scenarios.
Our compassionate staff at Genesis House understands that each client is unique, therefore, our staff will work closely with the client to devise an individualized treatment plan. However, all clients will receive dual diagnosis treatment in order to address substance abuse disorder while also simultaneously treating any underlying mental health conditions, which is vital in order to achieve life-long success.
Call Genesis House Right Now to Get Professional, Compassionate Care
Genesis House provides premier dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment center in Florida for those individuals who need it most. If you are struggling with a dual diagnosis or think you may be, do not hesitate to contact us right now. We are here to help you overcome your challenges with a dual diagnosis so that you can live free of mental duress and active addiction.