According to NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) dual diagnosis is a very broad category. It can range from someone developing mild depression because of binge drinking, to someone’s symptoms of bipolar disorder becoming more severe when that person abuses heroin during periods of mania. Either substance abuse or mental illness can develop first. Dual diagnosis is very common with drug users, and drug use is found in approximately one third of people already experiencing a mental illness.
People who suffer from substance abuse as well as a mental disorder are diagnosed as having co-occurring disoders. In most cases when people with a pre-existing mental disorder turn to drugs or alcohol for relief or self-medication, the symptoms become worse, and can severely affect their life.
What Are Some Symptoms Of Dual Diagnosis?
Some symptoms of someone suffering from a co-occurring disorder may include:
- Withdrawal from friends and family.
- Erratic behavior or frequent mood swings.
- Using substances under dangerous conditions.
- Engaging in risky behaviors when drunk or high.
- Loss of control over use of substances.
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to maintain your habit.
- Developing tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.
- Feeling like you need the drug to be able to function.
The symptoms found can vary greatly from one individual to the other, depending on what the mental illness is and what their drug of choice may have been. NACA is fully prepared to handle all these cases. With an talented and experienced team of therapists and support staff to help clients on a day to day basis by reinforcing positive beliefs and helping clients cope with past trauma, as well as current psychological issues that many addicts face.
If you or someone that you love is suffering from dual diagnosis disorders, please call us today or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
How is our Dual Diagnosis Program Different?
One thing that differentiates NACA from many other substance use treatment facilities is the way in which we determine, and then treat an individual’s co-occuring disorder. NACA participates in pharmacogenomic testing, a process that gives our primary care staff an in depth look at an individual’s chemical makeup, all the way down to your DNA. This helps our medical staff best determine what effects different medications will have on an individual.
Pharmacogenomic testing is often done when medications are deemed necessary to determine how a person uniquely metabolizes medication. This take the guess work out of what medications will work, and instead leads to earlier relief and symptom control. Studies have consistently illuminated the usefulness of such testing not only for earlier symptom relief, but also due to lower medical costs since the guess work has been removed.