What is Dual Diagnosis?
A woman with a substance addiction and at least one mental health issue is deemed to have dual diagnosis. It is best to treat the addiction and mental health issues at the same time, since the majority of the time they correspond with each other. Evidence shows that over half of the women in the United States with a substance addiction additionally have at least one mental health disorder. Willow Place for Women has developed women’s drug treatment programs to help assist clients that are dual diagnosis.
What is a Mental Health Disorder?
Mental disorders, or mental illness, is health diagnosis that affects one’s thinking, moods, and behaviors. These disorders can arise from a multitude of reasons. They can appear after brain injury, genetically, as a result of extreme stress, or induced during development from a mother’s chemical dependency. Mental health disorders span across a wide range of mood and behavioral issues. Mental health disorders most commonly paired with a substance addiction include:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Panic Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Other Psychiatric health disorders
The Difference in Women’s Drug Treatment for Dual Diagnosis
Recovery care for women with dual diagnosis is much more intensive because they have to address chemical dependency and mental health issues at the same time. It is proven that treating and education on mental health disorders is necessary for addiction recovery success in women that are considered dual diagnosis. Treatment for dual diagnosis involves a variety of techniques at The Willow Place for Women including:
- Chemical detox
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Dialectic behavioral therapy
- Relapse prevention therapy
- 12-step meetings
- Biosound healing
Why is Dual Diagnosis so Common in Women’s Drug Treatment?
Dual diagnosis can happen in two different ways. The first is that mental illness is evident before substance abuse. The second is that mental illness is caused by substance abuse. There are many different reasons that a mentally ill person chooses to use substances. These commonalities include:
Self Medication: This happens when a woman with a mental disorder cannot afford medical help and/or attempts to treat the symptoms of their mental disorder on their own with substances.
Behavioral Impulses: Some women with behavioral mental illness may be more willing to experiment with drugs because of their susceptibility to react off of impulse.
Substance abuse is evident prior to mental disorders in cases with:
Lack of Emotional Control: Substance abuse and dependence can cause extreme stress, and high-stress situations. Dealing with such levels of prolonged stress can cause mental disorders.
Chemical Imbalance: Drug use can cause a permanent chemical imbalance in the brain that results in mental illness.
Women’s Drug Treatment for Dual Diagnosis
If you or someone that you know is living with dual diagnosis, help is available now at the Wellness Retreat Recovery Center. We deal specifically with women in recovery that deal with mental health disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders. If you would like more information on our dual diagnosis programs and women’s drug treatment options, please call us at 1-888-651-4212.