Dual Diagnosis Syracuse (315) 679-4395

Dual diagnosis is when a person has both a psychiatric disorder and substance dependence. Dual diagnosis can occur because a person uses drugs and alcohol to self-medicate against the mental illness or because the substance abuse brings out the mental health issues.

When a person with a dual diagnosis is ready to begin the rehabilitation process for substance abuse, both the mental health disorder and the addiction must be addressed. The professionals at drug treatment centers Syracuse are trained to ensure patients with a dual diagnosis find the treatment center they need. Call today at 315-679-4395 and get the help you need now.

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

An estimated one-third of all people with a mental health disorder also struggle with substance abuse, according to the National Association of the Dually Diagnosed (NADD). Those with mental health disorders have unique struggles that can open up the doors to substance dependence. This includes stress and anxiety due to social rejection, lack of education and understanding about a person's conditions, poor social support and changes in a person's brain chemistry.

Those more likely to experience a dual diagnosis include men, military veterans, people with chronic health conditions and those of lower socioeconomic status, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).

Types of Mental Health Disorders

The following are mental health illnesses that are commonly associated dual diagnosis.

-Anxiety: Anxiety is a condition in which people experience extreme fear or stress. This can make a person feel constantly "on edge," which can create a constant feeling of stress. A person with anxiety may turn to drugs or alcohol to feel more relaxed.

-Depression: Depression is a condition characterized by prolonged feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Abusing alcohol and methamphetamines are both associated with causing depression during the withdrawal phase. Depression can also lead a person to turn to drugs in an attempt to lift one's mood.

-Eating Disorders: Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. A person may abuse stimulants, such as Adderall or methamphetamines, as a means to curb appetite. Smoking marijuana can also trigger binge-eating episodes.

-Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is a condition that causes a person to have repeated and fixated thoughts on certain activities or objects.. Those with OCD may turn to substances to relieve anxiety and fixations.

-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event, such as a military tour of duty, accident, injury or natural disaster. These people suffer from flashbacks, nightmares and panic attacks.

Why So Prevalent?

An estimated 5,177 individuals in Syracuse's Onondaga County receive mental health services. Of these, 643 require mental health inpatient therapy on a yearly basis and 197 receive aftercare or day treatments for mental health services, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health.

While these numbers do not represent all of the people in Onondaga County with a mental health diagnosis, they do show how prevalent these disorders can be.

What Treatments Are Available?

Both mental health disorder and substance abuse addiction are chronic conditions that require continued treatment to successfully manage. Some of the treatment techniques include:

• Psychopharmacology or prescribing medications known to help manage a person's mental health condition. Examples of psychopharmacology include anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.

• Psychotherapy involves discussing a person's thoughts, feelings and emotions related to his or her conditions. Having a supportive, listening individual can help a person with dual diagnosis.

• Behavioral Management is an addiction management strategy that teaches a person to identify and manage relapse triggers and gives them the skills to help them resist the urge to abuse a particular substance.

After Care Services

Just as a person would see his or her doctor several times a year to treat a chronic health condition, those with a substance abuse and mental health disorder require continued support and therapy to prevent relapse. After care services can include individual therapy and group meetings, such as 12-step programs, as well as follow up meetings with a case manager.

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