Challenges Addiction Treatment Center wants people to know that dual diagnosis treatment is a very important aspect for drug or alcohol abusers to understand while seeking treatment. Many times, substance abuse stems from a pre-existing emotional or psychiatric condition. Without treating the underlying condition, an addict can find him or herself returning to drugs or alcohol…again and again.
Substance abuse problems, especially severe ones, can mimic emotional and psychiatric problems. A person needs to go through withdrawal from drugs or alcohol before an underlying problem can be accurately diagnosed. That’s why it’s so important to contact Challenges Addiction Treatment Center to help with the detox. Once a patient detoxes from drugs or alcohol, our treatment professionals may find that the patient needs additional support that wasn’t immediately noticeable.
Group therapy and individual psychotherapy are often part of the dual diagnosis treatment process. The process helps patients get clarity on their psychological problem and receive support from other people who are going through similar experiences. In addition to therapy, dual diagnosis patients at Challenges will go through education on alcohol and drugs. The education will help patients identify what the drugs and alcohol are doing to their bodies and minds. Education in exercise and proper nutrition is also part of dual diagnosis treatment. These skills can help patients replace their drug and alcohol dependence with supportive and healthy habits.
The treatment program at Challenges Addiction Treatment Center for dual diagnosis will be very specific to the type of emotional or psychological problem that the patient is experiencing. Getting help for both substance abuse and emotional problems at the same time from a qualified dual diagnosis treatment center can be the only key for some patients to stay sober and get a new lease on life.