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Addressing Dual Diagnosis

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Column health adressing dual diagnosis

  1. 1. Here is some basic information about treatment options for dual diagnosis patients — those who have a mental illness as well as an addiction issue. Addressing Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health Disorders & Substance Abuse DAILY THERAPY Receiving daily therapy from professional staff at a treatment center helps many dual diagnosis patients cope with their issues and make better choices. SUPPORT GROUPS Just like in outpatient treatment, support groups give dual diagnosis patients a more social setting that encourages emotional growth. COMMUNITY Dual diagnosis patients in an inpatient environment form a sense of community with others who also are learning how to live without drugs or alcohol, while also being treated for mental illness. EDUCATION An inpatient treatment environment gives patients more educational options to help them cope with both substance abuse and mental health issues. Inpatient Treatment Options SUPPORT GROUPS Twelve-step programs and peer support groups are used frequently and have proved effective in helping people with dual diagnosis because of the emotional component they provide in addition to therapy. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT Used in coordination with behavioral therapy, medication can help people with dual diagnosis better control their behavior and impulses. INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY THERAPY Therapeutic efforts guided by a qualified therapist help dual diagnosis patients take better care of themselves. Additionally, family therapy helps patients’ loved ones understand their needs more completely. INDEPENDENT LIVING SUPPORT With a counselor or therapist’s help, many people with dual diagnosis have the support they need to continue living independently while receiving treatment. Outpatient Treatment Options