Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis

SYMPTOMS OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS AND CO-OCCURING DISORDERS

Do you recognize these conditions or symptoms of ‘Dual Diagnosis’?

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Frequent depression
  • Sexual or other abuse as a child
  • Lingering stress after trauma
  • Alcohol or drug dependency

These are conditions and symptoms that may lead to, or indicate, a dangerous “dual diagnosis.”

‘DUAL DIAGNOSIS’ – MORE THAN SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

The conditions and symptoms listed above are frequent causes and effects of alcohol and/or drug abuse. Chemical addiction often is accompanied by a second, significant condition that may affect a positive outcome of treatment for the alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Chemical dependency is not a character deficiency or moral weakness. It is a progressive, potentially fatal disease that has long-term emotional impact on entire families. When it is accompanied by other mental health problems it’s important to treat both. Years of study reveal that at least 30 percent of people who recognize their alcohol and/or drug abuse also have other emotional disorders. Addictive behavior is more likely to continue unless these disorders are recognized and treated.

WHAT OCCURS DURING TREATMENT?

The addicted individual learns first to confront the negative effects of addiction. The family learns to understand why chemical dependency is a disease, what may complicate recovery and how to relate to each other constructively.

THE FOUR PHASES OF TREATMENT

  1. Evaluation and Assessment Intervention begins for patient and family to create a foundation for treatment. After assessment a decision will be made to determine what type of treatment is most appropriate, inpatient, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient.
  2. Detoxification involves the effective and safe management of withdrawal from alcohol and drugs in an inpatient setting. While not necessary in all cases, when detoxification is required it must occur before additional treatment can begin.
  3. Rehabilitation is the primary phase of treatment. It includes completion of the assessment and implementation of a personalized treatment plan that includes generally group and individual therapy, activity and family therapy.
  4. Continuing Care provides continuous, comprehensive support after discharge. It includes ongoing access to the hospital staff, individual and group therapy sessions and family support as well as referral to, and monitoring of, AA/NA program participation.