Dual diagnosis is the term used when an individual struggles with a mood disorder such as manic depression and drugs or alcohol abuse. A patient with a dual diagnosis has two separate conditions, requiring a unique treatment plan.Alcohol/drug addictions and mood disorders and are both treatable diseases. They are far from being moral or character flaws. Addiction can affect anybody, regardless of their background. A dual diagnosis can be treated using treatment programs.
Research has shown that many individuals who have depression also use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate.This is done in an attempt to mask symptoms of a mood disorder. For instance, if someone’s mind is racing,this individual may drink alcohol to slow it down. Likewise, when someone is experiencing intense sadness caused by depression, a drug may help this individual experience happiness temporarily. This form of self-medication may appear to help for a moment, but it actually complicates things more. The short-term effects of drugs or alcohol abuse will eventually wear off, and the symptoms of other underlying disorders may get worse.
Symptoms of mood disorders
Understanding the symptoms of mood disorders can help you make a solid decision about which treatment program to join. A health care professional should diagnose and suggest the specific medical treatment for a mood disorder. When a person’s mood is unstable,this condition is called bipolar disorder or manic depression.
When an individual experiences more than five of these symptoms, including loss of interest and feelings of sadness, or if these symptoms hinder a person’s life, major clinical depression may be the cause. The symptoms associated with depression may include:
Some individuals may need to seek the advice of more than one doctor and attend various support groups during recovery. Treatment providers should be certified to treat dual diagnosis in order to treat it. Treatment for a mental disorder can include medication and psychotherapy. During these counseling sessions dual diagnosis patients learn to share their experiences living with illnesses like bipolar disorder or depression.
Dual diagnosis treatment programs for drug and alcohol use may include some type of support group. Chronic addicts may need to check into a hospital or treatment center to receive treatment for withdrawal. After the withdrawal symptoms stop, patients need to be equipped with relapse prevention tools and learn healthier ways to cope with stress and drug cravings. This treatment approach may include an outpatient treatment center, a 12-step program or any other ongoing counseling that concentrates on living without substances. These groups can teach the recovering addict how to live happily without the use of drugs or alcohol.Call Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Recovery Centers Syracuse at (315) 291-5022to find out more about our treatment programs.