During the admissions process, our intake counselors will analyze the man or woman’s treatment history and medical records to understand what the history has been with the co-occurring diagnosis. We also have our own screening and assessment process to find symptoms of a dual diagnosis like PTSD, anxiety, or depression.
Personalized Treatment of Both Disorders
Once we gain a comprehensive understanding of each client’s individual situation, our team develops a customized treatment program to address their specific needs. Treatment often begins with a medically managed detoxification, after which the residential addiction treatment begins. In addition to inpatient treatment, Hope by the Sea offers several additional lower levels of care to help support our clients as they move out of our center into transitional housing to pursue their careers or academic goals.
During the entirety of the treatment, we will continually be monitoring the person’s recovery and the symptoms of the second diagnosis. We have a prescribing psychiatrist who consults with our clients, and medication can be prescribed and the response to the medication closely monitored. Some clients do not require medication at all and others taper off the medication after their initial sobriety results in the symptoms of the secondary diagnosis alleviating. Other clients at our facility were on psychiatric medications before treatment and will continue after as well. The important thing is that we address the co-occurring issue so that it does not potentially contribute to a relapse.
Depending upon the individual client’s needs, our treatment programs for dual diagnosis clients may include group and individual therapy, recreational therapy, nutrition and exercise, support groups, medication management, family therapy, and aftercare planning.
What are Some Common Dual Diagnoses?
Whether they develop as a result of chemical dependency or are a previously existing issue from before the abuse began, dual diagnoses may include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Schizophrenia & personality disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
For many of our clients, the symptoms of the co-occurring condition flare up as a result of episodes of drug abuse and withdrawals. Everyone is different in how their sobriety will affects the frequency and severity of the disorder’s symptoms.