Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Dual Diagnosis patients are those who find themselves battling two very distinct and two very different challenges simultaneously. On one hand there is the challenge of chemical or alcohol dependence, itself a very serious condition, and on the other, a severe mental disorder which, more often than not, is being fed and further complicated by the addiction. Unsurprisingly, these patients respond differently to treatment than those with a single diagnosis, and may be considered high-risk depending on the situation. Knowing the seriousness of such co-occuring disorders, Unity Rehab is uniquely equipped to treat patients who suffer from mental illness and addiction at once.
In most cases, a dual diagnosis patient has dealt with their mental illness for an extended period of time and has sought to self-medicate as a coping mechanism. In situations like these, it is often inadvisable to treat one ailment before the other, preferring instead to take a dual-headed & simultaneous approach to healing. It is in this manner that Unity Rehab seeks to patiently whittle away at the underlying issues that comprise each unique individuals set of circumstances. Whether it be depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or any number of personality disorders, the pairing of mental illness and substance abuse is not a situation that should be taken lightly.
Dual Diagnosis patients are treated by cross-trained clinicians that are uniquely equipped to provide an optimized, managed-care system of detox and rehabilitation. Using combination therapies of detox, physical rehab, meditation, mental health services, group & personal counseling as well as the traditional twelve step process, each patient is benefitted by an intensive personal track of therapy that offers the best possible results.
Every dual diagnosis patient is evaluated by both a psychiatrist and a medical ARNP upon arrival and a custom regimen of care is agreed to and implemented almost immediately. Dual diagnosis residents meet with their psychiatrist for weekly evaluation in addition to their other treatments.
As a person suffering from a dual diagnosis situation, it may be difficult to place both illnesses on the same level, considering sobriety below the mental illness, but at Unity Rehab, we have seen incredible results in treating both issues simultaneously and in as quick a manner as possible. Treating the addiction often times begins to lower the intensity of the mental aspects of the disorder and, what once seemed like a puzzle to overwhelming to resolve, begins to feel manageable in less time than was anticipated.