What is Dual Diagnosis?
While dual diagnosis was a concept deemed over 20 years ago, it’s still a term which many may be unfamiliar with. Essentially, it’s when an individual is diagnosed with two or more mental health conditions. However, it’s most commonly noted as a term used when an individual struggling with substance abuse is also struggling with a mental health diagnosis. For example, an alcoholic diagnosed with clinical depression can be considered a dual diagnosis patient. But there are other types of dual diagnosis patients as well. For example, women diagnosed with an eating disorder along with a co-occurring mental health issue like OCD can also be considered dual diagnosis. Basically, anyone struggling with two conditions considered to affect mental health can be considered dual diagnosis.
The Prevalence of Co-occurring Conditions
It’s said that almost 8 million individuals in the United States of American are living with both a mental health condition and substance abuse disorder. And, as previously mentioned, this doesn’t have to include addiction; just two simultaneous mental health issues, whatever they may be. So, this phenomenon is relatively common. However, the more mental health issues an individual faces, the more challenging treatment may be. To address the common issue of dual diagnosis, specific programs have been instituted to help individuals gain true and lasting healing. Here at Willow Place for Women, we offer both substance abuse and eating disorder dual diagnosis to help individuals struggling with these issues along with other mental health conditions.
What’s a Dual Diagnosis Program?
This type of program is a specific treatment outline which aims to address multiple conditions individuals may have. Far too often, individuals seek treatment for only one of their experienced conditions. However, neglecting to address a mental health issue during treatment may lead to a relapse in the future. This is because mental health issues almost always play a part when individuals are also dealing with addiction, trauma, or eating disorders. Without addressing one issue, the other is sure to arise eventually, risking a triggered relapse during recovery. So, dual diagnosis programs aim to address the underlying conditions of both mental health ailments. This way, individuals can develop helpful healing and relapse prevention methods which are comprised of their own specific needs. And, individuals have a better chance at obtaining and maintaining sobriety and overall well being.
Get Help with a Dual Diagnosis Program
At The Willow Place for Women, we offer a number of programs specifically aimed to help women dealing with a number of issues like addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and other mental health issues. Because we understand that a high number of patients seeking help will be considered co-occurring and that appropriate treatment is needed for the development of healthy lifestyles, we offer a dual diagnosis program. Upon initial assessment, patients will undergo examination which includes psychoanalysis to help identify any and all mental health issues. If it’s determined that an individual is dealing with more than one issue, they will be provided the opportunity to take advantage of what our dual diagnosis program has to offer!
To find out more about our programs or to ask us any questions you may have about treatment at The Willow Place for Women, give us a call today at 1-888-651-4212!