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Dual Diagnosis: It’s Not a Taboo!

Dual diagnosis also known as co-occurring disorders is a very broad category. It is used to distinguish times when someone suffering from addiction also experiences mental illness. It may range from someone suffering from mild depression because of binge drinking to someone suffering from a bipolar disorder that becomes severe when that person abuses heroin during periods of frenzy. Either mental illness or addiction can develop first.

An individual suffering from mental health disorders may turn to substance abuse as a form of self-medication, only to make the mental health condition worse. The vice versa situation is also possible. A person might develop co-occurring disorders due to continued substance abuse, because of the effect drugs have on one’s moods, brain chemistry and behavior.

Living with co-occurring disorders makes it difficult for an individual to hold on to their jobs, maintain or develop personal relationships, build financial stability, get an education and much more. It is hard for people with mental health disorders to find a proper support system. Most of the time individuals who have schizophrenia, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder combined with substance abuse end up living in marginalized circumstances.

At Akua, we understand the need for proper care and medical guidance to help such individuals. To make sure that we can identify those who are in need of treatment for dual diagnosis, our clients undergo an intensive physical and psychological evaluation. With the help of our highly efficient and dedicated clinical team, we have developed programs that address the problem of dual diagnosis of each separately.

Symptoms

The symptoms of dual diagnosis may vary widely from person to person. However, knowing the warning signs can help identify whether the individual is in need of dual diagnosis rehab. The defining characteristic of dual diagnosis is that both a mental health and substance abuse disorder occur simultaneously. The symptoms of substance abuse and dual diagnosis include:

    • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Using substances under dangerous conditions
  • Engaging in risky behaviors when drunk or high
  • Loss of control over use of substances
  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to maintain your habit
  • Developing tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
  • Feeling like you need the drug to be able to function
  • Extreme mood change
  • Confused thinking or problem in concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

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How Akua Can Help

At Akua, we have the Best Clinical Team in California adept at providing treatment for individuals diagnosed with dual diagnosis. Our highly individualized approach helps us develop recovery plans that cater to the specific needs of every individual. Here are a few basic steps that we follow for the treatment of individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders:

  • Psychiatric assessment within 24 hours of admit
  • Medication monitoring and management
  • Bio psychosocial assessment
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Individual case management
  • Follow up psychiatric assessments
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