dual diagnosis

Knowing you have a problem and being motivated to seek care is half the battle. Finding the right care for your situation is the next step.

Today, there are more options for recovery than perhaps ever before. Some of these new philosophies and alternative treatments can be much more beneficial to a patient who is suffering from multiple disorders and addictions. However, there are still outdated recovery methods and philosophies out there, and a patient seeking recovery needs to be aware of what kind of care they are getting. 


You Want an Accurate Diagnosis

In order to find the right care, you need an accurate diagnosis. In addition to knowing you have a substance abuse problem, getting a psychiatric evaluation to determine the health of your brain is a good start. Were you born with a chemical imbalance?

Did mental illness run in your family? Sure, these are things to consider, however, it is true that alcohol and other substances do not help with any illnesses of the brain.

Once you determine the health of your brain, you can then start to look at your behaviors. Are your behavioral symptoms related to bipolar disorder or early-onset dementia? The more educated you are about your health, the better care you can begin to seek. 


Dual Diagnosis

For dual diagnosis patients, traditional rehab might be enough. It may only focus on the addiction without tending to mental health issues. Some alternative kinds of treatments to help with multiple diagnoses are: 



  • Integration Care: This care is designed to focus on both addiction and mental health issues. Integration care uses a combination of methods to bring a coordinated approach to treatment.




  • Holistic Therapy: These kinds of treatments offer a diverse range of counseling with a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. This type of therapy will vary from patient to patient and may include dietary needs, physical health, and meditation for mental clarity. Not all dual diagnosis programs offer this kind of treatment, despite the history of success rates and relapse prevention. 




  • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapy is an attempt to change a patient’s behavior patterns and teach them to deal with impulses and triggers that might lead to relapse. Instead of choosing how they normally would, the patient will learn how to change their thinking pattern and choose an outcome that is in their best interest.



Addiction in Any Form 

Addiction of any kind takes hard work, good support, and behavioral changes in order to overcome. It all starts with the right kind of care.

Oftentimes patients are seen and treated in a routine fashion. This could be the main contributor as to why a relapse within the first year is so high.

There are many contributing factors as to why people become addicted to drugs and alcohol, it does not always begin and end with a substance. Our brains are complex, and if the majority are going undiagnosed than their treatments are not providing the right kinds of tools needed for them to recover.

Certainly, the idea of these recovery options means well, but perhaps it is not enough for everybody. Perhaps care in general needs to be more refined and finding alternative care might be the best way to maintain recovery.   


True Recovery is a treatment center that believes in alternative treatments as opposed to the “one size fits all method.” They understand that everybody’s journey is unique.

Their mission is to provide the kind of care that allows a patient to handle situations in their everyday life, thus creating a less likely chance for relapse. To speak with someone about care options please call us today at (866) 399-6528