Dual diagnosis literally means co-occurring or combined disorders. This term is used to refer to the situation of a patient who is suffering from a substance (alcohol/drug) abuse disorder and a mental or behavioral health condition. Both of these problems co-occur, sometimes one condition contributing or worsening the other. For instance, someone with a mental disorder might depend upon alcohol or drugs for a relief. While in other cases, using such substances might uncover a mental illness.
As per the data provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US, over 8 million people are affected by this problem. However, only a small fraction of people seek dual diagnosis drug rehab for help. As both the – mental illness and substance abuse occur in isolation, people used to find it difficult to get the right treatment curing the symptoms of the both. People used to participate in separate treatment programs until the dual diagnosis programs became available.
Today, such programs catering the treatment and care required to treat both the issues together are available. A huge part of such treatment programs involves behavioral interventions. The kinds of behavioral therapy commonly used in dual diagnosis drug rehab include the following:
- Dialectic behavioral therapy:
This therapy focuses on reducing the self-harming behaviors that are mainly a result of the mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
- Integrated group therapy:
This therapy gives due importance and treats the symptoms of both – the substance abuse disorders and mental health illnesses.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy:
This therapy treats the beliefs and behavior which are problematic and helps in developing a healthier thinking.
- Individual psychotherapy:
In this therapy, treatment is carried related to substance abuse and/or particular mental or behavioral problems.
The treatment under the dual diagnosis drug rehab process includes medicines such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers, psychological counseling including – cognitive and motivational therapy and nutritional guidance and other health supports.
There are two types of treatment to cure the dual diagnosis drug problem – inpatient and outpatient. The inpatient treatment includes a residential rehab in which the patient lives in the rehabilitation center. The rehab centers providing such kind of treatment have psychiatric and medical staff that is trained to handle uncertain and difficult cases. This type of treatment is more intensive in comparison to the other. On the other hand, the outpatient treatment is more flexible with support provided to live independently. The chosen type of treatment by the doctors depends upon a number of factors.
Besides having all this information related to the dual diagnosis drug rehab, it is important to choose the rehabilitation center wisely. There are a number of centers catering the dual diagnosis treatment around the world. India too has a range of well-recognized centers with commendable treatment records. The factors to be considered while choosing a dual diagnosis rehab center may vary from person to person. While for some, privacy is the prime issue, others give significance to the location of the center.
Apart from these two factors, one common factor which everyone pays attention to is the price of the treatment. The total cost of the treatment at some of these centers might be high. This cost can be covered under your medical insurance policy to an extent. Your additional insurance coverage can cover the extra expenditure based on your age, income, kind of diagnosis and working status.
So if you know someone who is suffering from or showing the symptoms of dual diagnosis drug problem, begin with rehabilitation process (of the patient) and contribute in providing a better life to that person.