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Dual Diagnosis Treatment at The Ranch

People with addictions often have psychiatric conditions. Common examples include bipolar disorder, a personality disorder, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is known as co-occurring disorders or a dual diagnosis. Integrative treatment is the gold standard in treating complex dual disorders. At The Ranch dual diagnosis treatment centers, you’ll work with a multidisciplinary team . We’ll address all the mental health issues affecting your life.

Treatment begins with thorough mental health assessments. These allow us to diagnose and treat substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders at the same time. You’ll learn to manage your symptoms through traditional and alternative therapies. Our medical team will also prescribe research-backed medication, when appropriate.

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What Is Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Like?

Treatment options for co-occurring mental disorders may include:

Drug and Alcohol Detox

If you’ve abused drugs for some time, the first step in co-occurring disorders treatment will be drug detox. We offer onsite medical detox at our dual diagnosis treatment centers. The Ranch’s medical staff uses research-backed medications to make drug detox safe. We’ll ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and provide round-the-clock care. After detox you can focus on the reasons why you’ve abused substances. You’ll address the role mental health issues have played in addiction. You’ll also learn healthier coping skills.

Inpatient Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Disorders

Inpatient co-occurring disorders treatment helps you address mental health disorders and substance abuse. You’ll live in supportive, home-like residences and take part in:

Assessments – Treating co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders is complex. Our mental health specialists will assess your health. We’ll make sure current psychiatric diagnoses are still accurate or revise them if necessary.

Engaging therapies – You’ll take part in a mix of individual and group therapy. You may also take part in alternative, adventure and experiential therapies. Approaches may include cognitive behavioral therapy, ropes course, EMDR, mindfulness and psychodrama.

Psychiatric care – Our psychiatric team decides if medication can help manage your mental health symptoms. You’ll follow up with our psychiatric team to make sure medications are having the desired effect. We’ll also adjust dosage as necessary and assess any side effects.

Relapse prevention – We’ll help you identify triggers that led to drug abuse and learn healthier coping skills. You’ll learn to manage your mental health symptoms so they’re less likely to lead to drug abuse.

Aftercare planning – We’ll ease your transition back into the community. Following treatment, you’ll receive continued relapse prevention support. You’ll leave our dual diagnosis treatment centers with a comprehensive aftercare plan. This plan may include appointments with addiction and mental health professionals, outpatient treatment and support groups. We also have active alumni programs to support you in long-term sobriety.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis is when you have both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. Around 7.9 million Americans suffer from co-occurring disorders, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Examples of common dual diagnoses and co-occurring disorders include:

  • Alcoholism and anxiety – Anxiety is an exaggerated sense of fear, nervousness or worry. There are five types of anxiety disorders:
    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Social phobia

Some people try to ease their anxiety by drinking. In the short term, alcohol may make them feel more relaxed. But alcohol can have a rebound effect that makes anxiety worse. Other people develop anxiety as a result of alcoholism. Research has found people with an alcohol use disorder are twice as likely to have PTSD and four times more likely to have GAD.

  • Heroin addiction and depression – People who abuse heroin and other opioids often struggle with depression. For some, depression drives their opioid abuse. For others, depression symptoms are a side effect of depleted “feel good” chemicals in the brain from heroin abuse. One study found that 60% of opioid-dependent people had depression.
  • Painkiller addiction and anxiety/depression – When abused, opioid painkillers affect the brain’s reward system like heroin. They deplete chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. Anxiety and depression often co-occur with painkiller addiction. One study found that of 38.6 million people who took opioids, 7.2 million struggled with depression and anxiety.
  • Cocaine addiction and psychiatric issues – Cocaine abuse is associated with various  psychiatric conditions. These include bipolar disorder, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD and alcohol dependence.

Self-Medicating With Alcohol and Drugs

About half of people with a substance use disorder also have at least one mental health issue. People may start abusing drugs to cope with their mental health symptoms. For example, an individual with anxiety may drink to calm their nerves. A person with depression, bipolar disorder or other mood disorders may abuse cocaine to feel more energetic.

Drug abuse is a temporary fix to long-term problems. Dependence on drugs and alcohol can develop in a short time. The initial relief you feel eventually backfires. This is because drugs and alcohol change the way the brain regulates feelings. You start needing more to get the same effect. With regular use, the brain relies on drugs to balance its chemicals. Substance abuse can worsen mental health symptoms. It can also jeopardize relationships, finances and other areas of life. Integrative treatment for co-occurring disorders addresses addiction and mental health issues simultaneously.

Signs of Co-Occurring Disorders

Symptoms of dual diagnosis vary depending on the type of addiction and mental illness. Common signs that you need dual diagnosis treatment include:

  • Needing alcohol or drugs to feel normal
  • Difficulty holding a job, maintaining relationships and making social commitments
  • Isolation
  • Erratic behavior
  • Irritability, agitation and anger, especially when you stop using substances
  • Depression or anxiety when you stop using substances
  • Extreme emotional highs and lows
  • Financial and legal problems, especially if tied to substance abuse
  • Poor self-care (neglecting physical health, nutrition needs and hygiene)

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