Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorder, describes the condition of someone suffering from both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue. Examples of co-occurring disorder include major depression with cocaine abuse, panic disorder with alcohol addiction or bipolar disorder with poly-substance addiction. Studies show that half of all individuals who suffer from a mental disorder are affected by substance abuse. Further, a third of all alcohol abusers and over half of all drug abusers suffer from at least one mental illness.

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The challenges for people suffering from co-occurring disorder are many and outcomes can be quite severe. Those struggling with dual diagnosis may suffer from more frequent relapses and hospital visits, financial problems and social isolation, or suicide attempts and overdoses. The complex nature of co-occurring disorder results in a higher chance of relapse and decompensation. People with co-occurring disorder may face more road blocks and may require longer treatment or progress more slowly. Severe struggles with one problem can increase the severity with other problems - a depressed episode may lead to more drinking.

Unfortunately, treatment for people with co-occurring disorder has been widely unavailable or ineffective. Too often only one of the illnesses gets diagnosed or an individual is faced with fragmented treatment in separate facilities. An appropriate treatment plan must treat the whole person.

Balance Treatment

At Balance Treatment Center, we offer an effective treatment plan for an individual with dual diagnosis by providing care for mental health and substance abuse in a single setting in a coordinated manner. Our clients receive care in an integrated fashion. Though approaches to mental health and substance abuse differ, our clinicians will design a treatment plan that offers no divisions in appropriate assistance.

At Balance, our diverse clinical team has years of experience treating people struggling with dual diagnosis at all levels of care - from an inpatient hospital setting to an outpatient office setting. Our medical director Ronald D. Sager, M.D. is board certified in addiction psychiatry and understands the importance in providing integrated and seamless treatment for those with co-occurring disorder.

During treatment our clients will receive counseling specifically designed for people with dual diagnosis. Integrated treatment will involve many different facets including, motivational interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug and alcohol education, relapse prevention and a long-term recovery plan.

Our clients will understand that the process involved in an integrated treatment program is long-term and will require significant counseling and a detailed recovery plan to avoid relapse.

The long term goal of Balance Treatment Center is to see our clients achieving optimal functioning in all areas and phases of their lives... basically to be living the best life that they possibly can.
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