People don’t let themselves fall into the trap of addiction because they have nothing better to do. While they might start drinking or taking drugs for “recreational” purposes, addiction occurs because somethings not right internally. When we are treating patients, we have to be aware of the possibility the client has mental or emotional health issues. We have to be further aware of the possibility those mental or emotional issues have something to do with the addiction. When we find that to be true, a dual diagnosis treatment program becomes the treatment option of choice.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

female doctor talks to male patient in a dual diagnosis treatment center

When a client enters one of our substance abuse treatment programs in Dallas, Texas, we have to access the client’s circumstances. If at any point, a psychological issue becomes apparent, we have to determine if the issue relates to the addiction. If so, we immediately recognize that the client has co-existing conditions that both require treatment.

It’s necessary to treat co-existing conditions at the exact same time. The reason this is so vitally important is that the untreated condition would likely interfere with progress on the treated condition. 

In our facility, we have allocated resources to set up a dual diagnosis treatment center in Dallas, Texas. A dual diagnosis treatment program requires the services of both addiction treatment staff and mental health professionals. In some cases, a single individual might hold the credentials to work in both areas.

A dual diagnosis treatment program works as follows. The client splits their time between standard addiction treatment therapies and counseling for their psychological issues. The process requires a high level of cooperation between the attending therapists. 

It’s important to note that mental health issues might not be resolvable. In fact, therapists don’t look for a complete solution to mental health issues. Instead, they are looking to untangle the issues from the addiction. In doing so, they make it easier for the addiction therapist to treat the addiction itself. They’ll also recommend the client continue mental health treatment after they leave the addiction treatment center.

How Co-Existing Conditions Occur

The way co-existing conditions occur is really a two-way street. Sometimes, the individual has a mental disorder or psychological issue that prompts them to start abusing a substance. This might come out of a need to hide from their problems. It’s also possible for the individual to start abusing the drugs their doctor or psychiatrist is prescribing. When someone forms an addiction to a drug they need, treatment becomes a complicated process. It’s always easier to simply take the client off their medications if possible. If the client really needs the drug in question, they need intensive counseling on the dangers of abusing it. 

On the flip side of the coin, it’s quite possible for an addiction to prompt psychological issues. In our dual diagnosis treatment center in Dallas, Texas, we see this all the time. A client with no history of depression or anxiety will suddenly be suffering from said conditions because of drug abuse. It’s difficult not to become depressed or anxious when your life is falling apart. In fact, depression and anxiety would appear to be reasonable reactions to the circumstances of addiction. Unfortunately, it still requires an additional layer of therapy. 

Therapy programs used for both addiction and mental health disorders include:

About The Right Step Dallas

In our Dallas facility, a dual diagnosis treatment program is but one of the treatment options we offer. We actually have the tools and resources to treat almost any substance abuse problem we encounter. Here’s a partial list of those resources and tools:

If you suspect you might have what we defined as co-existing conditions, you might need a dual diagnosis treatment program. We can offer you that service at our The Right Step Dallas facility. If you feel ready to get treatment, you need to give us a call at 1.844.768.1161. The simple truth is you need help today in order to secure a better life for tomorrow. Contact us today for a brighter tomorrow for you and your loved ones.