Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Mood disorders are an extremely common mental health issue, and we often encounter them in conjunction with some form of addiction; this is known as a dual diagnosis. The most common forms of dual diagnosis are related to mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder; the symptoms of each are extremely diverse. Since each mood disorder is associated with unpleasant emotional and physical experiences, someone who suffers from a dual diagnosis may self-medicate in the hopes of creating calmer, more level moods. However, it is also important to note the drug or alcohol abuse can also lead to the development of mood disorders, especially if you are already at risk. While substance abuse may be prompted by mental health problems in one person, the emergence of mental health problems may be triggered by drugs or alcohol in another. Treating a dual diagnosis can be incredibly complex and should be done under the supervision and guidance of experienced medical professionals.
Signs and symptoms of mood disorders
If you are struggling with a mood disorder at the same time as an addiction, White Sands treatment center can help you to tackle both of these problems at the same time. However, the first step is to learn how to identify mood disorders. The following are the major signs and symptoms:
- Depression: Feelings of worthlessness, a decreased interest in hobbies and relationships, feeling tearful, lacking hope for the future, feeling isolated, having difficulty making decisions, physical exhaustion, insomnia, low levels of motivation, and thoughts of self-harm
- Anxiety: Restlessness, a sense of impending doom, experiencing unexplained episodes of panic, feeling irritable, having trouble concentrating, discomfort in social situations
- Bipolar disorder: Manic episodes will alternate with depressive episodes. The former typically involved increased confidence, excitability, impulsivity, risk-taking behaviors, and trouble (or lack of interest in) sleeping. Meanwhile, the latter tend to involve lethargy, melancholy, low self-esteem and decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities.
Signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction
Meanwhile, if you are wondering whether you need to approach a treatment center in order to enter a detox program for alcoholism or drug addiction, keep the following signs in mind:
- Misleading other people about how often (or how much) drugs and/or alcohol you consume
- Having trouble cutting back on drugs or alcohol even if you think it would be a good idea to do so
- Attracting concern from loved ones that directly relates to drinking or drug use
- Frequent regrets about actions taken when drunk or high
- Blackouts that occur when drinking or taking drugs
- Reduced performance level at work or school
- Mental or physical health problems that are correlated with an increase in your use of alcohol or drugs
- Feeling unwell if you attempt to avoid drinking or taking drugs for more than a day
If more than one of these signs sounds familiar to you, it is highly likely that you have an unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol.
Treating mood disorders and substance abuse at White Sands
We have specially designed treatment programs that are ideal for patients suffering from mental health problems at the same time as some form of addiction. These are called dual diagnosis programs, and they involve careful treatment of both the mood disorder and the abuse of drugs or alcohol. We will offer you the following:
- If your body is utterly dependent on your drug of abuse, we will admit you to an inpatient medical detox program. This process will involve gradually weaning you off drugs or alcohol in a way that is safe, controlled, and constantly monitored by our team of medical experts. Your withdrawal symptoms will be managed with appropriate medication.
- Appropriate medication for your particular mood disorder. Whether you have depression, bipolar disorder or an anxiety disorder, we will make sure that we find the right dosage and type of medication to get your most troubling symptoms under control.
- Psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy designed for people with mood disorders and administered by our addiction counselors. The goal of your therapy will be twofold. Firstly, you will explore your reasons for turning to substance abuse and learn alternative coping mechanisms that will help you to obtain in the future. Secondly, you will learn more about dealing with your mood disorder, and discover underlying factors that may be exacerbating your symptoms. Group therapy will also be available.
- Education programs for you and your loved ones, which focus on exposing both mood disorders and addiction (as well as the ways in which the two can interact). Families often find this type of education very helpful, as it aids them in providing meaningful support.
- Family therapy that can address any relationship problems that have arisen in connection with drugs, alcohol or mood disorders. By discussing your issues in a safe, moderate environment, you can work towards processing the past and moving on to the future. We have had great success in bringing families closer in the wake of pain caused by addiction and mental illness.
- Holistic treatments in our supportive, welcoming community (such as exercise plans, creative activities and meditation).
- Aftercare options that will help you make a safe transition back to your everyday life. Often, rehab patients feel best if they move on to partial hospitalization before transitioning to a sober living community. When you are truly ready to leave the treatment center behind, we will also help you find community support groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous).
Get help now
If you have noticed the signs of a mood disorder and an addiction in yourself or someone you love, do not wait another day to seek help. You can call White Sands at (877) 855-3470 to speak to a professionally trained member of our team who will be able to answer all of your questions about our facilities, our treatment center’s philosophy and our programs. Recovery is possible, and with our help you will be able to live a full, happy life that is free from the destructive constraints of addiction.