Across Florida, countless people suffer from both mental illness and addiction. And while these have historically been treated as separate issues, research consistently shows that the most effective treatment method is to treat these co-occurring disorders simultaneously.
Let’s discuss the definition of co-occurring disorders/dual diagnosis, and what The Blackberry Center can do to help you with your behavioral health and addiction issues.
“Co-occurring disorders” can sound complicated, but they’re really very simple. In short, they’re disorders that appear together and feed into each other. Also known as comorbid disorders, these issues create a vicious cycle that makes long-term recovery difficult to achieve. But it’s easier to understand with a real-world example.
Say a woman living in Orlando, Florida starts feeling overly stressed at work. In an effort to relax at home, she starts drinking to relieve her stress. After a few months of this, she is drinking at work and neglecting her responsibilities. In turn, this constant need to drink and feeling of falling behind has made her more stressed out than ever.
In this example, the woman described may be suffering from a co-occurring anxiety disorder and substance use disorder. You may notice that while her drinking began as a way to treat her anxiety disorder, it eventually worsened the symptoms, leading her to drink even more. That is the basis of co-occurring disorders, and there are good reasons that they need special treatment.
Dual diagnosis is the treatment of co-occurring disorders. This treatment needs to be holistic, comprehensive, and address the underlying behavioral health issues that lead to addiction. To better illustrate this process, let’s take another look at the woman from the above example.
If she eventually decided to attend a conventional rehab in Orlando, Florida, then she might find some issues with her treatment plan. The first issue would be that the programming is geared toward addressing her addiction, not her mental health issues. This might give her the tools to cope with addiction, but not the skills to manage her anxiety that led to her drinking. Furthermore, it may be difficult for her to participate in group therapy when she realizes that other group members don’t share her experience with mental illness.
The solution to these problems is dual diagnosis treatment. The only way to treat co-occurring disorders and substance abuse is by treating them at the root. Anything else is just a temporary bandage, and it will be far less likely to lead to long-term recovery.
But how does dual diagnosis make a difference? Why does Florida need co-occurring disorder treatment centers? Let’s find some answers.
Like traditional rehabilitation centers, our dual diagnosis treatment begins with medically supervised drug detox. Not only does this treatment minimize withdrawal symptoms, but it ensures that you are safe during detoxification.
Generally, our drug detox program lasts for five to seven days. During this time, your vitals are monitored 24/7 to ensure your comfort and safety. Moreover, you will receive regular visits from trained medical professionals to treat and monitor any new symptoms as they arise. This comprehensive, compassionate care turns dangerous drug withdrawals into an experience that, while potentially uncomfortable, is entirely manageable.
Beyond the medical care, there is another big advantage to attending a dual diagnosis treatment center: relapse prevention. During the drug detox process, many people experience symptoms that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Understandably, these symptoms often lead people to relapse out of fear for their safety. This is a heartbreaking moment, and it’s one that is unnecessary with proper, medically supervised drug detox.
Once you have completed our detox program, you will start on our other dual diagnosis treatments.
At The Blackberry Center, we tailor each dual diagnosis treatment plan to the patients’ needs. So while this includes some of our more popular co-occurring disorder treatments, your personal treatment plan may look different. That said, our dual diagnosis program offers:
As you can see, the emphasis at our dual diagnosis treatment center is on comprehensive care and relapse prevention. While there is no singular “best treatment” for dual diagnosis, all of these options (and more) blend together into a cohesive treatment program for Floridians who need help.
From drug detox to relapse prevention care, our dual diagnosis program is ready to help you achieve lifelong sobriety. By helping you work through your mental health and addiction struggles, we will empower you to regain control of your life.
Do you have questions about our dual diagnosis treatments, or would you like to discuss how our dual diagnosis treatment center can help you? You can call our admissions staff at 407-449-7810 or, if you’re not ready to take that step, you can fill out our online contact form.