Mental health and substance use disorders often go hand in hand – though rarely do treatment centers address both. The concern with this is that you are not addressing the big picture by treating only one issue. Therefore, dual diagnosis programs are essential for identifying underlying mental health issues related to your substance use and creating a plan to address them simultaneously.
Chateau Recovery specializes in dual diagnosis and offers a range of treatment services at our Utah facility. We have the means to treat not only your struggle with addiction but any other mental disorders you may be struggling with.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual Diagnosis is a comprehensive holistic mental health and substance use treatment method. Many times, individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders – a mental disorder that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to a person's inability to control their use of substances” – also suffer from mental health issues. These are called co-occurring mental disorders.
About 50% of people suffering from SUD will experience a co-occurring mental disorder, which can include anxiety disorders, depression, and personality disorders.
SUDs do not always lead to co-occurring mental disorders, but it does happen. Sometimes mental illness is caused by substance use. Other times, you may turn to substance use to cope with your anxiety or depression. Regardless of which began first, both kinds of disorders exacerbate each other. You cannot truly treat one by treating the other.
If you are seeking treatment for SUD, you must address your co-occurring mental disorders as well. If you do not, you will be at a greater risk of experiencing relapse early on in recovery. It will be more difficult if you have both a mental illness and addiction to recover. When seeking treatment, you should be mindful to consider if facilities are capable of treating co-occurring mental disorders.
What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Look Like?
Dual diagnosis requires the diagnosis of co-occurring disorders first. Co-occurring disorders – according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) – must include a combination of at least one SUD and one mental disorder. These combinations can look different for everyone. Common mental disorders you might typically face are anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most common substances that are abused include alcohol, tobacco, opioids, stimulants, hallucinogens, and prescription drugs.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), integrated treatment coordinates substance use and mental health treatment. These integrated treatments are the best course of action for treating addiction and co-occurring disorders. Of course, integrated treatment should be individualized to your needs. Only then will it be most effective.
Thankfully, more treatment facilities have begun implementing integrated treatment into their programs over the years. Integrated treatment typically includes behavioral therapies like:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – a form of talk therapy that focuses on helping you become aware of negative thinking and learn to respond to difficult scenarios more effectively.
Dialectical behavior therapy (CBT) – a kind of CBT that utilizes mindfulness and acceptance to recognize emotions, learn to control emotions, and reduce self-destructive behavior.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) – is a type of community-based mental health care. It emphasizes providing locally-based treatment for you if you are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental disorders.
These are just two out of an array of evidence-based therapies that may be utilized in dual diagnosis. It can take some time to find the right combination of treatments. The NIMH also discusses the effectiveness of medications for treating addiction and co-occurring mental disorders. Medications are sometimes used to help with the symptoms of withdrawal that many experiences during detox. By not seeking treatment, you risk falling into a vicious cycle of suffering between both disorders. Regardless of which came first, mental illness or addiction, both will wreak havoc in endless ways.
Treatment at Chateau’s Utah Facility
Chateau Recovery offers treatment in order to help you seek treatment and improve your life. Recovery is something you have to want for yourself. If you decide you want to change your life, Chateau offers a safe and peaceful setting to do so. Our luxurious feeling facility, based amidst the natural beauty of Utah, is a perfect spot to focus on your path to recovery. You will experience individual attention and treatment, an intimate group setting, and access to resources during and after your stay.
Your path to recovery does not stop when you leave Chateau Recovery. Our alumni network can be an excellent tool in aiding you on your path to recovery upon leaving the facility. The path to recovery does not end. Addiction and mental illness are chronic disorders that you must face throughout your life. Staying connected with the people you meet during your time here makes that burden a little less heavy.
In addition to staying connected to other alumni, Chateau will do the same. We believe in staying in touch with you for continued support. Whether you are struggling to integrate back into your everyday life, or are finding difficulty in the challenges of early recovery, we want to continue being there for you. You have to first want a life of recovery for yourself.
If you or someone you love is exhibiting signs of mental illness, addiction, or both, reach out to Chateau Recovery today. Together we can determine if dual diagnosis at our Utah facility is the right fit for you, and if so, how we can get you set on your path to recovery today.