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Dual Diagnosis

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a medical condition used to describe a person who has a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder, and a substance abuse problem. Because two separate illnesses occur at the same time, each one needs to have its own treatment plan.

What Are the Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis?

Some people experience obvious symptoms while other symptoms are mild or unnoticeable due to the masking effect caused by drugs and alcohol. Therefore, substance detoxification is crucial in rehab for dual diagnosis treatment.

A person with dual diagnosis will usually experience some or all of the following symptoms:

Anxiety
Irritability
Depression
Lack of energy
Confusion
Mood swings
Insomnia/changes in sleep patterns
Signs of a nervous breakdown

Naturally, this is not a full list of all the symptoms a person with dual diagnosis may experience. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment with a dual diagnosis therapist as soon as possible by calling West Coast Treatment Center at 1-855-894-6399.

Finding Dual Diagnosis Help

Alcohol abuse symptoms are typically characterized by a person choosing to have a drink to relieve tension or stress. Drug abuse works in the same way, except the person relies on either legal or illegal substances to ease anxiety or improve his or her mood.

Luckily, drug and alcohol abuse and mood disorders are treatable conditions. Unfortunately, because most people use drugs and alcohol to mask their problems through self-medication, they do not know they have a problem and their conditions usually go undiagnosed.

At West Coast Treatment Center, our dual diagnosis inpatient treatment program is designed especially to meet the specific needs of the dual-diagnosis client. When you have a dual diagnosis, both the mental health issue and the drug or alcohol addiction have distinct symptoms that may compromise your ability to function, handle life’s obstacles, and interact with others. Our dual-diagnosis programs offer a form of care developed for individuals who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol in addition to a co-occurring psychological diagnosis, such as depression or anxiety.

Dual-diagnosis care involves teaching the patient techniques for managing his or her emotions and processing them as well as examining any underlying physiological causes, which can be successfully managed with non-addictive medications if appropriate.

In order for the dual-diagnosis addict or alcoholic to enjoy successful recovery, it is essential that depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders are correctly diagnosed and managed. At West Coast Treatment Center, we have the unique opportunity to continuously evaluate dual-diagnosis clients as they recover and their minds return to a natural state without the influence of drugs and alcohol.

We see the before and after picture, which gives us the insight needed to develop the right kind of solution for each individual. At West Coast Treatment Center, we can discover more about a client who has had previous psychological treatment due to the perspective we gain during inpatient treatment for dual diagnosis.