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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Nevada

Dual diagnosis treatment in Nevada is offered by an increasing number of rehabs in Nevada since its importance is now more widely recognized. Dual diagnosis is the identification of a mental health disorder or illness associated with an addiction. It is very common because many people with an addiction have underlying issues that may have led to a tendency toward addictive behaviors, or their mental health problems may be caused or worsened by the addiction.

About four million people in America have a mental health issue associated with addiction, and about 16 percent of people receiving addiction treatment have a dual diagnosis.

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Several types of mental health disorder are found in dual diagnosis patients. Among the most common are depression, excessive or unwarranted anxiety, and paranoia. Other disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorder. Illnesses such as schizophrenia are also commonly associated with addiction.

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are also often found in people with substance abuse or addiction problems. Some psychologists think that eating disorders are in fact a form of addiction themselves.

OCD and Addiction

OCD causes racing thoughts and excessive anxiety, and many people suffering from OCD turn to drugs or alcohol to try to find some relief. A report in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders showed that people who develop OCD before adulthood often turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with the anxiety and irrational fears, and that over a quarter of those seeking treatment for OCD also have a substance abuse disorder. In over 70 percent of these the OCD preceded the substance abuse. OCD is most commonly associated with the abuse of opiates since these drugs alleviate some of the symptoms.

Depression and Addiction

Depression is a common mental health issue found among people addicted to alcohol and other drugs. One of the reasons for this common association with alcohol is the view in our culture that it is fun, relaxing, and an essential element in partying and celebration. It is natural for people who are depressed to think alcohol ought to cheer them up. In fact, alcohol is a chemical depressant and actually makes depression worse. People who drink too much alcohol for other reasons are also likely to become depressed over time.

Depression can also be associated with other drugs, especially as drug addiction of all kinds causes severe problems in almost every aspect of life. It can disrupt relationships, cause financial hardship, result in the loss of a job, for example, and all of these can result in the addict becoming profoundly depressed.

Find Certified Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Nevada

In the past the traditional method of treatment for addiction was to treat the substance abuse problem first and treat the mental health disorder only after a long period of rehab. It is now known that the most effective method is to treat both aspects simultaneously since the associations between the two are so strong, with symptoms and side effects of one affecting the other. Integrated treatment programs are much more successful than those that only treat the addiction.

No single treatment program is suitable for every patient because of the many possible combinations of mental health issue and addictions. Dual diagnosis treatment in Nevada must be tailored for each individual, but most often include some mix of cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, other forms of psychotherapy, counseling, and alternative treatments such as restorative yoga and meditation.

After formal treatment in rehab is over, continuing support is available for dual diagnosis patients via groups such as SMART Recovery, which holds Nevada meetings in Las Vegas, Lovelock, and Reno. Support is also available from 12 step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

For more information about dual diagnosis treatment in Nevada or to start your recovery today, call our admissions counselors at Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Nevada.