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What Are the Residential Treatment Options for Dual Diagnosis?

When dual diagnosis—the presence of an additional condition along with an addiction—is a factor in someone’s addiction, their treatment plan should take it into account.

Residential treatment centers often modify their treatment plans in the case of dual diagnosis, which you should keep in mind as you call 800-481-6320Who Answers?.

If you have a dual diagnosis, here are some options available for residential treatment.

Program Specialization

Not all residential treatment centers are properly equipped to handle patients with dual diagnosis, but the ones that do often offer specialization in certain conditions. Addiction treatment, in general, often needs to be customized based on the needs of the patient.

Additionally, the treatment should accomplish three things, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports. It should help them stop using drugs, remain drug-free, and help them live productive lives. Residential treatment programs that specialize in dual diagnosis tend to take those requirements a step further, looking at the needs of the patient’s non-addiction conditions.

Medical providers often take into account the impact of the non-addiction condition on the addiction treatment, as well as what treatment is need for the condition. Also, they will look at how the different treatment methods will interact with each other in order to address any problems that may arise.

Therapy Approaches

Treatment Options for Dual Diagnosis

Counseling sessions address both the addiction and the mental disorder.

According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, many dual diagnoses involve mental health and substance abuse. Sometimes, the mental health condition, or co-occurring disorder, contributed to the development of the addiction or is causing the addiction to worsen. In these cases, therapy and counseling sessions to address both conditions are recommended.

This option can allow for the conditions to be simultaneously treated, if possible, during the same series of sessions. Therapy is usually supplemented with other methods, but it can help monitor a patient’s progress in treatment for dual diagnosis.

It can also help detect and treat any issues that arise during treatment that might negatively impact one of the person’s conditions. It is also a treatment method that can easily transition from inpatient to outpatient treatment when the person leaves the facility.

Medication

Medication is often used during addiction treatment, often to help ease the detoxification process and help the body recover from the effects of long-term drug use. It is also often required with dual diagnosis treatment, as many co-occurring conditions require management with medication-based treatment.

Clinicians tend to very familiar with the different types of medications, what they treat, their side effects, and what can be taken without resulting in a dangerous interaction. Also, their familiarity with dual diagnosis gives them the ability to recognize and prevent any abuse of the medications used to treat dual diagnosis, as some of them can be addictive if mishandled.

If you or a loved one has an addiction and another disorder, please know that help is available. Call 800-481-6320Who Answers? for the opportunity to speak with one of our caring specialists and learn more information about your treatment options.

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