Dual diagnosis, a recently developed area of medicine, describes a practice treating people who suffer from both an addiction problem and a psychiatric disorder.
A person can be addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling or a combination of things at the same time. This person also can have psychiatric disorders that include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder or panic disorder, along with addiction to multiple substances.
Our addiction specialists in Yorktown have been educated and have the experience to discover all coexisting disorders to ensure a comprehensive dual diagnosis is determined. After a complete assessment, rehab programs need to treat all issues for successful recovery.
If you or a loved one is suffering from coexisting disorders, call Drug Rehab Yorktown at (914) 829-5787.
An abuser with an existing psychiatric disorder that causes them to compulsively self-medicate with illicit substances, such as drugs and/or alcohol, for relief has a dual diagnosis. Another situation is when an individual becomes a substance abuser and a psychiatric disorder stems from the substance abuse. In both scenarios, a dual diagnosis and appropriate treatment for all the issues are required. If not, the untreated condition will lead to a relapse.
Addiction and eating disorders
The brain experiences stimulation from pleasant activities and also from drugs, alcohol and other substances. For example, eating creates gratifying stimulation as well. When the brain is stimulated in a pleasant way, it also blocks unwanted and negative feelings and emotions. This creates an addictive cycle. The stimulus, whether it be drugs, or in this case food, become compulsively desired substances which creates addiction and a maladaptation regarding food.
Addiction and depression disorders
Depression can be a gateway to substance abuse. People experiencing depression seek comfort using drugs or alcohol, blocking painful feelings through substances. This alleviation is not a solution, the underlying depression still exists and remains untreated. Substance abuse feeds upon the depression and an addictive cycle is then created which is difficult to break. Both conditions must be treated for success.
Addiction and PTSD
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have gone through traumatic events with long-term impact. These effects can include flashbacks, sleeplessness, hostility and anger. These sufferers deal with the trauma over and over again on a regular basis. Drugs or alcohol addiction can result from self-medicating these painful symptoms. If one or both disorders remain untreated, the cycle of suffering continues.
Addiction and OCD
Dual diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance addiction are seen together in many cases. OCD and addiction are both believed to be caused by imbalances in brain chemistry. Since both involve compulsive and obsessive behaviors, both could come from the same chemical imbalances. Researchers are continuing to look into this link.
People with substance addictions alongside mental health issues and having dual diagnosis, also called co-occurring disorders, have a more difficult time overcoming addiction. Two coexisting diseases are exacerbating each other in a cycle difficult to break. In some cases, the addiction is growing from the mental health disorder in an attempt to self-medicate and alleviate psychiatric symptoms. In other cases, the mental illness is developing by the impact addiction is having upon the brain’s chemistry and structure.
Our expert staff at Drug Rehab Yorktown have the knowledge and experience of the complex world of dual diagnosis. We will explain in detail what we offer regarding dual diagnosis, as well as our comprehensive services. Qualified addiction and mental health staff, educated and experienced in discovering dual diagnosis and prescribing the treatment needed, are here to help. Call Drug Rehab Yorktown today at (914) 829-5787.