Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

People battling multiple conditions simultaneously, may often face challenges during their treatment and recovery. This is because when a patient approaches a medical practitioner with multiple conditions, they might miss or fail to recognize one of the conditions or the fact that one condition might have led to the other. This failure at identifying all the current disorders leads to inadequate treatment, which might result in the worsening of the patient’s physical and mental condition, either exacerbating the existing conditions, or increasing their susceptibility of a relapse.

At Invictus Health Group, the trained staff at our state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment centers understands that the primary diagnosis of a patient might conceal other conditions or underlying problems that keep the patient from recovering completely. That is why, any patient seeking admission to our dual diagnosis facility has to first undergo a rigorous physical and mental assessment so that their disorders and triggers can be understood individually and in relation to each other and an appropriate blend of treatment modalities is provided.

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Dual Diagnosis

What is dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder refers to the presence of two or more conditions in an individual. Of these two conditions, one is a mental disorder and the other a substance use disorder (SUD). This distinctive type of diagnosis can include any combination of mental illnesses and addictions. Some example combinations include schizophrenia and alcoholism; depression, anxiety and opioid addiction; or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), opioid and heroin addiction.

How can I know if I have a co-occurring disorder?

Identifying a co-occurring disorder is difficult as usually one condition obscures the existence of the other. However, an individual might be suffering from dual diagnosis if they conform to any of the examples below:

  • An individual battling depression thinks that the alcohol is helping him overcome his symptoms of depression and as and when their symptoms improve, their consumption of alcohol would reduce automatically. Well, in most cases, the brain is already hooked to alcohol and even if the symptoms of depression improve, it would still crave alcohol to function normally. This constant intake of alcohol makes the individual feel that because their intake of alcohol is not reducing on its own, it means that their symptoms of depression are also not improving. This leads to the individual feeling hopeless and worsens their symptoms.

  • An individual is using heroin to stay active, alert and on top of their game, both professionally and personally. When they stop using, they fall behind in work, are unable to concentrate on tasks at hand, and also face relationship problems. To avoid all this, they start using again. This individual does not realize that their heroin intake is actually masking their symptoms of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

  • An individual is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. They receive medication and side by side they start using medical marijuana to cope with the symptoms, thinking that marijuana is legal and can be used for conditions like extreme anxiety. The medication that they are using, is not working as it is clashing with marijuana use. However, when they complain of not feeling better, the doctors increase their dose, leaving them feeling worse than before.

If any of these situations sound true for you or a loved one, then you might be suffering from a co-occurring disorder. At Invictus Health Group’s drug addiction treatment centers, care is taken to assess all patients thoroughly so that no condition remains hidden or untreated. Call our 24/7 dual diagnosis treatment helpline 866-548-0190 for more information about our dual diagnosis rehab.

Invictus Health Group and Dual Diagnosis

Invictus Health Group is a certified dual diagnosis treatment center with facilities located at multiple locations. Our competent medical staff at our behavioral health centers offer research-backed treatment modalities for patients suffering from various mental illnesses and SUD. We pride ourselves in providing customized treatment plans that not only work towards treating the person as a whole but also significantly improving their quality of life. We achieve this by treating all our patients’ disorders simultaneously thereby increasing their chances of complete and long-lasting recovery.

What sets us apart from the other dual diagnosis rehab centers is our expertise in focusing and treating mental health disorders, even when the main diagnosis is an SUD. This is important as most dual diagnosis rehab centers treat the SUD without realizing that there is an underlying mental illness that was either triggered by substance use or was a consequence of that. Invictus Health Group aims to treat the individual as a whole reducing the chances of a relapse.

The holistic approach that Invictus Health Group’s drug recovery centers employ to treat patients of dual diagnosis also incorporates the role of loved ones and family members in the treatment program. We work hard to provide each patient with the ideal health outcome to break the cycle of addiction and affliction forever.

For more information on how Invictus Health Group can help you or a loved one overcome their mental health and addiction battles, call our 24/7 helpline 866-548-0190 and speak to a qualified member of our team today. You can also chat online to a member of our admissions team for further assistance.

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