Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Del Rio, TX

Dual diagnosis treatment in Del Rio addresses the challenges of people who have a mental disorder (other than addiction) and are also addicted to drugs or alcohol as well. To the uninitiated, this might seem like a horrible twist of fate, but to the professionals who work at our inpatient rehab in Del Rio, it is a lot more common a circumstance than the average person would expect. A dual diagnosis treatment center is prepared to help people who fall into this category work diligently regarding both their addiction and the symptoms of their other mental disorder.

No matter how manageable, having a mental disorder of any magnitude is a struggle that many people across the country have to deal with on a daily basis. An individual can have symptoms that are one day barely an annoyance and the next day be totally debilitating, that is just the nature of mental disorders.

Many people choose not to let their illness get in the way of leading the life they want to lead and this is not only good on the surface but also leads to having a positive attitude which can mean the difference between success and failure. Keeping all this in mind, when addiction is added to the mix, a person's life is that much more complicated.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person has two co-occurring illnesses or disorders and needs treatment for both. In this specific instance of dual diagnosis, addiction (to drugs or alcohol) and another mental disorder are the two illnesses in question. Again, it might sound like a lousy turn of events, which no one can say it is not, however, having a dual diagnosis is far better than having symptoms misdiagnosed as something they are not or for any illness or disorder to go undiagnosed.

There are dual diagnosis treatment programs in every state around the country that can help with both determining if co-existing disorders truly are present in an individual and help that person receive the proper care, too. A dual diagnosis treatment center has the expert treatment and medical professionals that understand the small details and nuances regarding the intersection and crossover between someone's fight with addiction and their coping and dealing with their mental disorder symptoms.

Dual diagnosis treatment in Del Rio can help open a door for those people who may not have understood why their minds or bodies were reacting in certain ways because they were unaware of one of their co-occurring disorders and the treatment that is available for them.

Dual Diagnosis and Addiction -- Why the Two Go Hand in Hand

When it comes to dual diagnosis regarding addiction and mental disorders the two can often be related while still being separate. One of the most prevalent examples of this that dual diagnosis treatment center professionals see quite often is the act of self-medication. Self-medication is when a person, using the example of someone with an existing mental disorder, takes prescription medications not prescribed to them or illicit drugs or drinks alcohol in an effort to diminish, mask, or just forget about the symptoms of their mental illness.

All of these fall under the general umbrella of drug or alcohol abuse and dual diagnosis treatment programs are wary about the signs that this is occurring with a person they are beginning to treat. When someone decides to self-medicate, they often can see results that they regard as successful, they seem less obsessive for example, so they continue using or drinking.

This can lead to addiction, especially with legal or illegal opiates, which are almost all highly addictive substances. So with this addiction, added to their existing mental disorder, the individual now has co-occurring disorders that would be designated as a part of a dual diagnosis. No matter which disorder came first and it is not always a mental disorder that leads to addiction, dual diagnosis treatment in Del Rio have options available for those in need.

Types of Mental Health Disorders

Someone with co-existing disorders who has chosen one of the available dual diagnosis treatment programs in Del Rio may be suffering from a wide variety of mental disorders that include bipolar disorder, high-anxiety, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other illnesses.

A dual diagnosis treatment center has trained personnel who know the ins and outs of the various mental health disorders and are ready to assist their patients as the navigate through the coordinated treatment they will receive as part of a their choice of dual diagnosis treatment programs. Call us now at (830) 322-3045.

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