Treating substance abuse can be a complex process of determining the variety of issues that go into the problem. Many times, patients have mental health or other issues underlying the drug abuse. These patients can benefit from dual diagnosis rehab that treats both the substance problems and issues that may contribute to it.
Types of Dual Diagnosis Problems
People with mental illness often fall into the trap of substance abuse in an effort to self-treat the emotional issues that prevent them from building a stable life. Alcohol is the most commonly used substance.
It is most common because it is both widely available and socially acceptable in many circumstances. Marijuana and cocaine use also occurs frequently in these cases.
Others use prescription tranquilizers, pain pills and sleeping medications. Sometimes, the mental illness precedes the drug abuse, but the substance abuse itself can also bring on anxiety, depression and other conditions. The use of drugs by these patients can lead to a downward spiral into severe mental illness. Separating the behaviors can be challenging for professionals attempting to treat these patients.
Causes of Dual Diagnosis Problems
Genetic vulnerability may predispose some people to both mental illness and addictive behavior. Other patients may be exposed to overlapping environmental triggers that lead to both substance abuse and mental health issues, such as early physical or sexual abuse and early exposure to drugs.
The patient’s brain may experience both the effect of drugs and the mental health problem in the same region. In addition, both mental illness and substance abuse affect the development of the individual making him susceptible to both problems.
About Dual Diagnosis Rehab
Dual diagnosis rehab is designed to treat both the substance problem and the mental health problem. Getting the patient clean of drugs assists in the diagnosis of other issues that may exist. The detoxification process removes drug from the system of the patient so that other behaviors can be better observed. In addition, treatment for the substance abuse, such as talk therapy and support groups, can then uncover emotional and biochemical symptoms that may also require treatment.