Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Port Saint Lucie 
(772) 882-3919

A dual diagnosis is when a person has co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. One could have occurred before the other or one disorder could be a result of the other. Dual diagnosis can make treating either disease very difficult, but not impossible. Seeking treatment at a facility that specializes in treating dual diagnosis can help increase a person’s likelihood for success.

At Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie, we understand the struggles of addiction and mental health, and we have qualified professionals who are trained to treat both disorders simultaneously. Call us at (772) 882-3919 to discuss your options.

Types of Mental Health Disorders

  • Depression: Depression is associated with feelings of hopelessness, sadness or lack of energy. Alcohol abuse is commonly associated with increased risk for depression as it is a central nervous system depressant.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is a condition that causes a person to become fixated on repeated behavior, control or irrational fears in his or her daily life. A person with OCD may turn to drugs or alcohol as a means to cope with the fear.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This mental health condition occurs after a person has witnessed or undergone a traumatic experience, such as war, assault, abuse or a natural disaster. A person with PTSD may turn to drugs or alcohol to escape fear and sadness, as well as lessen flashbacks.
  • Anxiety: Anxiety can make a person feel constantly panicked, distressed and fearful. Abusing alcohol and drugs may temporarily relieve these emotions.

Why is it So Prevalent?

A dual diagnosis affects people not only in Port Saint Lucie, but also in the United States as a whole. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one-third of all people diagnosed with a mental illness and half of all people diagnosed with a severe mental illness also have a substance abuse problem. Men are more likely to have a dual diagnosis than women. Additional at-risk persons include military veterans, those with chronic medical illness and lower socioeconomic status.

What Treatments Are Available?

Dual diagnosis treatment depends upon the type of mental illness and substance abuse problem a person is suffering from. However, there are various treatment approaches that can help a person manage both the mental illness and the substance abuse disorder.

  • Psychopharmacology: Psychopharmacology is the prescribing of medications to reduce symptoms associated with a mental illness. From antidepressants to mood stabilizers, several drugs and drug types are available.
  • Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” is an approach that helps a person identify his or her emotions related to both the mental health disorder and substance abuse.
  • Behavioral Management: Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an example of behavioral management. This involves helping people suffering from substance abuse identify behaviors and patterns that can help them overcome their addiction.

Port Saint Lucie Drug Treatment Centers

A person with a dual diagnosis should seek treatment at a facility equipped to care for both a mental health diagnosis as well as a substance abuse disorder. Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie provides quality care for dual diagnosis patients. Out medical and mental health teams work together to devise the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual’s needs.

A combination of treatments like the ones mentioned above has proven, in most cases, to provide the best results. The ultimate goal is to help patients attain and maintain their sobriety, while also addressing and treating the underlying causes or co-occurring disorder that accompany the addiction.

Aftercare Services

Dual diagnosis treatment does not just end after a drug rehabilitation stay. Relapse prevention services are an important part of “bridging the gap” between an inpatient rehabilitation stay and a return to everyday life. These services can include counseling, a stay at a sober living community, and participation in support groups as a means to increase a person’s success and reduce the risk for relapse.

If you would like more information about our programs and services, call Drug Treatment Centers Port Saint Lucie at (772) 882-3919.

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