It is common for people with mental illness to self-medicate. Alcohol can shut off terrible voices of depression and drugs can provide temporary relief for dark thoughts. Self-medicating appears to help psychological issues short-term. After some time, however, users will experience addiction and heightened symptoms of their mental illness.
Treating mental illness and addiction can be difficult. Both issues involve varying symptoms that require unique treatment. Luckily, there are dual diagnosis facilities like Discovery Transitions. These facilities specialize in diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders.
Two primary forms of treatment include:
Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Treatment
Discovery’s dual diagnosis outpatient treatment program is designed for addicts with manageable co-occurring disorders. Manageable means the addict has not hit their rock bottom is not in poor or failing health, not in legal trouble, and has a solid family relationship.
Unlike inpatient treatment, outpatient participants can leave the facility once the treatment session is over to tend to family, work, and other obligations. The outpatient treatment dual diagnosis program is very similar to the inpatient program but not as intense and without as many safety nets. It should be noted that addicts and alcoholics in outpatient treatment have a higher risk of relapse.
Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient dual diagnosis treatment uses the same lessons and techniques from the outpatient program. The difference is, patients receive 24/7 care and reside in the treatment facility. Inpatient treatment removes the addict from their daily life for more hands-on treatment and monitoring as well. Patients also receive a safe-space to focus all of their energy on recovering.
Discovery Transitions uses three steps for outpatient dual diagnosis drug rehab:
Therapies at Discovery Transitions include one-on-one and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and more. All therapies at Discovery are backed with years of clinical research and success.
A patient with a dual diagnosis typically needs more than strict drug counseling. Discovery re-iterates forgotten life skills for a well-rounded foundation of recovery.
Relapse Prevention is the most important part of dual diagnosis treatment. Relapse prevention arms patients with tools and techniques like creating boundaries, recognizing triggers, and more. In doing so, the patient has a greater chance of long-term sobriety.
Discovery Transitions utilizes all of the vital aspects of inpatient treatment through their outpatient program with convenience in mind for all patients. Hours and days of attendance are flexible in order to work around any responsibilities you may have. Call one of our team members today to find out if our outpatient dual-diagnosis program is right for you.