Dual Diagnosis Treatment in California

A dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, is when a person has more than one mental disorder or illness. Occurring more commonly than people think, our dual diagnosis treatment centers in California have programs to treat substance use disorders and other mental illnesses at the same time. This article will focus on signs and symptoms of a co-occurring disorder and how a dual diagnosis is treated.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Disorder?

In 2021, over 82 million people aged 18 or older in the United States had either a substance use disorder or other mental illness in the past year. However, some people (nearly 20 million) aged 18+ had both a substance use disorder and a mental illness.

When two disorders occur simultaneously or one right after the other in the same person, it is referred to as comorbidity. Commonly, individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction are also diagnosed with mental disorders. When this occurs, it is referred to as a dual diagnosis.

Mental disorders that can be diagnosed alongside substance use disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bulimia and anorexia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • ADHD

Because co-occurring disorders interact and affect the course and prognosis of treatment, addiction rehab facilities often include dual diagnosis treatment. Restoration Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center in California with programs designed to address the person as a whole.

How Do I Know I Need a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in California?

If you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder and a substance use disorder by a medical professional, you may benefit from a dual diagnosis treatment center like Restoration Recovery.

However, even if you have not received a dual diagnosis, you could still benefit from an addiction rehab that offers dual diagnosis treatment. During the intake process, many addiction alcohol and drug rehab facilities screen for mental illness before creating a treatment plan.

Signs and Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis Disorder

Substance addiction and mental illness can develop at any time during a person’s life. Only a qualified medical professional can diagnose a mental disorder of any kind. Although the criteria for a substance use disorder diagnosis is relatively standard for all substances, the signs and symptoms of mental disorders can vary widely.

It is often difficult to disentangle mental disorders and addiction due to overlapping symptoms. Patients who have co-occurring disorders often exhibit symptoms that are more severe than patients who have one disorder alone.

If you think you or someone that you love could have a substance use disorder, mental illness, or both, reach out to your healthcare provider for an assessment.

Risk Factors of a Dual Diagnosis Disorder

Research has identified three main pathways that can contribute to developing a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness:

  1. Mental illness can lead to substance use and addiction. 
  2. Substance use and addiction may contribute to developing a mental illness.
  3. Common risk factors between mental illness and substance use disorders contribute to developing a dual diagnosis. 

Genetic vulnerability, trauma, stress, and other environmental factors can all contribute to developing one or both disorders. Furthermore, some people may begin using drugs as a form of “self-medication” to treat mental disorders, which can lead to drug and alcohol addiction.

How Is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

At Restoration Recovery Center, dual diagnoses are treated together. Integrated treatment for co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness has been found to yield consistently superior recovery outcomes than treating each diagnosis separately.

Restoration Recovery utilizes evidence-based therapy strategies including: 

Furthermore, Restoration Recovery offers holistic therapy options including Christian counseling and equine therapy

About Restoration Recovery's Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in California

Individuals with a dual diagnosis can utilize evidence-based therapies in numerous treatment programs at Restoration Recovery’s dual diagnosis treatment center in California including:

  • Medical Detox
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

For more information on how each program works, how to pay for treatment, or how to start treatment today, schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Find Dual Diagnosis Treatment in California!

Substance use disorders and other mental illnesses, whether occurring together or separately, can be treated successfully. Restoration Recovery Center’s 100% confidential phone line can connect you with a compassionate staff member to answer your questions and show you how to start treatment. Your journey starts with you. Call us now or verify your insurance today!

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