Get Real Recovery

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Southern California Addiction Treatment Programs

Get Real Recovery offers full continuum of care and four levels of outpatient services. We understand that every client and family is different.

Dual diagnosis is a term used in treatment for individuals with more than one condition at a time, specifically those who suffer from substance abuse as well as mental health issues.

At Get Real Recovery, our dual diagnosis program addresses both illnesses at once, thus promoting a more thorough treatment plan. Clients see our Psychiatrist at least once per week. They are assessed thoroughly so any medications they are prescribed are non-addictive, and will not be potentially harmful to their sobriety. Specific therapy sessions and group counseling are imperative for dual diagnosis clients.

Mental Health & Addiction

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) in 2013, there were an estimated 43.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with a mental health illness. This represented 18.5 percent of all U.S. adults.

Poor mental health is a major component of substance abuse, a common denominator that must be taken into account.

It is important to understand that it can be challenging for the addict to pursue treatment when there is a presence of a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. That is why it imperative the dual diagnosis program is addressed while receiving treatment.

It can be rather complex to obtain a diagnosis after substance abuse- you’ve heard of the chicken or the egg? Many variables can determine what may have caused this dependency on substance – childhood traumas, person’s lifestyle and genetics, PTSD, are further valid reasons, which require unveiling and appropriate care. Facing the origins of addiction can be intricate, but none the less crucial.

Treatment Methodology

An investigation by healthcare professionals will ensure the relative dual diagnosis – and avenues for treatment then begin. The correct treatment center is important. A treatment center that not only covers drug and alcohol addiction, but also mental health.

The best way to accelerate the recovery process is to treat multiple conditions at the same time. Tailor-made programs and fully equipped dual diagnosis facilities to suit the specific needs of the individual are available and the right care can aid in comforting the abuser during this difficult time.

How do I encourage myself, or someone I know, to get help?

Admittance to having an issue with substance can be one of the hardest and most important steps to take in ones’ life. Often addicts are very functional in the workplace and can live relatively normal lives – however, their demons can remain extremely hidden. It is estimated that among full-time employees, about 10.6 percent dealt with a substance abuse problem, another 10.2 percent struggled with a serious psychological issue, and 2.4 percent were diagnosed with both a mental health issue and an addiction.

Things to be mindful of with yourself, or a family member or loved one you suspect to have a substance abuse issue are: changing mood swings, erratic behavior, sudden health issues, financial stresses, emotional withdrawal or unwillingness to open up emotionally and general changes in ones’ health and persona. Seeking the right help is crucial if you suspect mental health with co-occurring substance abuse conditions.

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