Dual Diagnosis treatment options are essential for people who simultaneously suffer from a substance abuse disorder and a mental illness. In order for addiction to be overcome long-term, all underlying issues must be thoroughly and adequately addressed — including conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia and other personality disorders.
Substance abuse disorders and mental health conditions often occur together, predominantly because they have common risk factors. These risk factors could include genetic predisposition, environmental factors, unresolved trauma and high stress levels. Certain mental illnesses can also contribute the development of a substance abuse disorder, and vice-versa. Many men and women who struggle with undiagnosed or untreated mental illnesses turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. Mental health conditions also change the chemistry of the brain, making those afflicted with mental illness more susceptible to substance abuse.
In order for mental illnesses to be adequately treated, a person must stop using drugs or alcohol. Along the same vein, in order for substance abuse treatment to be successful, a person must be properly diagnosed and all underlying conditions thoroughly treated. At Guardian Recovery Network we offer dual diagnosis treatment options during every stage of the recovery process, from medical detox through aftercare.