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Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Treatment

Addiction and Depression

Millions of people suffer from depression every day. This serious illness affects people of all ages and affects every aspect of a person's life. Thousands of individuals that suffer from depression are also chemical dependent.

Many times those who abuse alcohol and other substances are trying to medicate the symptoms of depression and don't realize they're just making their illness worse. Some of the symptoms associated with depression include:

  1. Low Self Esteem
  2. Poor Appetite or Loss of Appetite
  3. Overeating
  4. Insomnia
  5. Continually tired and sleeping too much
  6. Trouble with concentration
  7. Hard time making decisions
  8. Despair and hopelessness
  9. Decreased energy level and fatigue

Our Holistic Addiction Treatment Program is very successful treating individuals suffering from chemical dependency and depression. When an individual is working toward abstinence from substance abuse and dependency it's extremely difficult for them if they also suffer from depression. Our Staff is fully trained and experienced when addressing both of these serious issues and are able to help our clients cope during this stressful and hard time.

Bi-Polar Disorder

There are millions of people who suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder. This mood disorder includes common symptoms including; manic mood swings and drastic changes in disposition. In the medical field this is also considered a variation of clinical depression.

Our holistic addiction treatment program has a high success rate treating individuals with Bi-Polar Mood Disorder as well as chemical dependency in adults and adolescents. Our program has been very successful addressing both of these serious issues. We know just how difficult they are for our clients especially when the client is working toward abstinence from drugs or alcohol.

We have a wonderful friendly and professional staff of Doctors and Therapists that are fully trained to help our clients work with both issues. Substance Abuse and Bi-Polar Disorder is treatable and our staff understands the individual's needs during this stressful time. Our client's physical and mental health is important to us, so our professional staff is there to assist you no matter what your needs are.

Dual Diagnosis

A Dual Diagnosis means the individual has both a substance abuse problem as well as an emotional disorder such as Bi-Polar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Depression. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder falls into the category of Anxiety Disorders and is an extremely debilitating medical condition. In the field of Addiction Medicine, these disorders are very common for those who also suffer from chemical dependency.

For those who are diagnosed with a Dual Diagnosis we provide a dual diagnosis treatment plan which addresses both issues together and at the same time. Our experienced and professional staff utilizes Medical, Clinical, Holistic and Therapeutic methods to help the individual obtain long term abstinence from substance abuse. It's important for the client working towards abstinence to be helped at the same time with coping mechanisms and skills as they deal with their Dual Diagnosis.

At Holistic Addiction Treatment Center we understand the difficulties our clients face while working toward long term abstinence from substance abuse. A Dual Diagnosis can make the individuals treatment process more difficult and our professional experienced staff understands that too.

Many times those that are chemical dependent and also suffer from a dual diagnosis need treatment but aren't ready to ask for help. For many substance users until they receive treatment, they are completely unaware they even have a mood disorder such as Bi-Polar. Having a Professional Intervention will not only help a loved one see their need for help and treatment, but understand underlying emotional issues that may have played a key role in their dependency.

If you know someone in need of help but they don't see it or they're afraid or skeptical about getting help, call 1-800-559-9503 any time day or night, 24 hours a day for a Free Consultation and ask about our professional intervention process. Let us help you-help someone in need!

Comments & Replies:

  • Fallon H @ October 24th, 2011

    Dealing with an addiction is trouble enough, but imagine dealing with an addiction fueled by something else. The underlying problem when it came to my addiction was depression, and I was quite obviously self medicating in an attempt to address my depression rather than getting the right type of help from my physician.

    I did not initially realize that it was my depression that was driving me to self medicate, but there I was. I was taking pills, taking illicit drugs and drinking in an attempt to deal with my issues. I was numb all the time, and I was actually making my depression worse rather than doing anything positive about it.

    Eventually I found the willpower to seek help, but it took an intervention from my friends and family members to get me there. I was sat down with an intervention specialist who told me that there was help out there for me. She told me that I didn't have to use drugs or alcohol to deal with my depression, and that the right dual diagnosis rehab center could help me address both problems, the addiction and substance abuse problems and the underlying or root cause: The depression. Now I am clean and sober, I am treating my depression and I have never been happier.

  • Gary L @ October 24th, 2011

    I'll admit I was not aware that drug addiction could hinge entirely on some underlying cause like depression or PTSD. My husband came back from Iraq with a very obvious case of post traumatic stress disorder, and it is something that we have had to deal with for a while now. Unfortunately, I was initially unaware of the fact that he was using drugs and drinking heavily as a means of self medicating for his issues. By the time I found out, he was thoroughly buried in a drug problem and needed help.

    We put a lot of time and effort into finding the right recovery rehab to meet his needs. We knew he needed something more than just an average drug rehab program because the post traumatic stress disorder was clearly exacerbating the situation. We found a dual diagnosis center that promised to be able to address the underlying cause as well as the actual substance abuse problem. Thirty days of rehabilitation and detoxification went a long way, and the center helped him find assistance for his PTSD issues so that he can function in a much healthier manner without relying on drugs and alcohol just to keep going day by day.

    I am really glad that I saw the problem over time and was able to get some help for my husband. He is in much better shape now, and is so much happier without the hold that drugs and alcohol had on him during those long months.

  • Heather R @ October 24th, 2011

    What causes your exposure to drugs or alcohol, and what leads to your need to abuse them to the point of addiction can actually influence how easily or how effectively you are able to overcome that substance abuse problem. I learned this through a rehab program that I attended when I was quite thoroughly an alcoholic. I had a serious problem, and once I realized it and knew that I needed to get help, I started taking steps to get myself there including checking myself in to a medically assisted detox and rehabilitation program.

    Here I found out that something was causing my alcoholism, something I was completely unaware of. I had clinical depression.

    When the rehab center provided me with counseling and therapy for the depression coupled with the treatment for my alcoholism, suddenly I had all of the tools that I needed in order to finally overcome my problem without anything being in the way to stop me. This was a very exciting proposition because it meant finally overcoming my issues with alcoholism, since the underlying cause was being treated as well.

    I've been sober for a good long time now, and my depression is being managed as well. I finally feel as if I am in control of my life, and this is a very beautiful thing. I highly recommend the rehab process for anyone dealing with alcoholism, especially if there is some kind of an underlying cause that also has to be addressed at the same time.


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