Dual diagnosis programs treat individuals who are suffering from addiction as well as a co-existing mental disorder or, in some cases, disorders. Dual diagnosis programs are aimed at identifying any mental illness that a client is suffering from and that may link with their substance abuse in order for the individual to receive comprehensive addiction treatment. While in a dual diagnosis program, clients are treated for drug or alcohol substance abuse, as well as the mental illness or disorder they have. For individuals who are battling substance abuse or addiction and a co-existing mental illness, dual diagnosis programs can hold the key to their sobriety.

Dual diagnosis programs have been shown to help decrease the likelihood of relapse for clients with a co-existing disorder. The reason for this is that individuals with co-existing disorders often use alcohol and or drugs to self-medicate. Leaving a co-existing disorder untreated leaves the client more susceptible to relapse after leaving treatment. Dual diagnosis programs ensure that clients with co-existing disorders are able to receive comprehensive addiction treatment.

There is a wide range of co-existing disorders that are treated in dual diagnosis programs.  Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders are all examples the co-existing disorders most often seen in dual diagnosis programs. Diagnosing a client with a co-existing disorder can be difficult. Symptoms that may indicate a co-existing disorder include aggression, anger, isolation, lying, stealing, mood swings, poor hygiene, and others. Unfortunately, many times these are the same types of behaviors that individuals with substance abuse or addiction alone can exhibit, making identifying a co-existing disorder even more complex. Dual diagnosis programs are aimed at identifying the co-existing disorder and making sure the client gets the treatment they need to be able to succeed in recovery.

Dual diagnosis programs can be the key to success for many individuals battling addiction. The Florida House Experience’s dual diagnosis program is run by licensed clinical and medical professionals know the importance of addressing both the psychiatric issues and the disease of addiction for dual diagnosis patients. Our addiction specialists are trained and qualified in diverse treatment methods for dual diagnosis clients. Our dual diagnosis program provides dual diagnosis recovery plans that are tailored to fit each client individually. Dual diagnosis is different for every client and treatment must also be tailored to fit each individual’s needs.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and would like to know more about our dual diagnosis program please call us now at 855-441-2449. Our admissions staff is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about our dual diagnosis program and how it can benefit you or your loved one. Dual diagnosis programs give clients with co-existing mental health disorders the best chance at long-term recovery.  Please call us now or email us for more information on our excellent dual diagnosis program and how it can help you or your loved one get back on track to a healthy, sober lifestyle.

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