Dual Diagnosis Treatment At Indiana Center For Recovery

People who are struggling with substance use disorder may also struggle with a mental health disorder. This phenomenon is known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. For this reason, Indiana Center for Recovery offers a dual diagnosis treatment program that simultaneously addresses both substance abuse and mental health.

The goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to teach patients to manage the symptoms of their mental illness without drugs or alcohol.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to teach patients struggling with co-occurring disorders to effectively manage the symptoms of their mental illness without resorting to drugs and alcohol. We want to help patients rediscover life in a manageable and productive light that is enjoyable.

There are several mental health conditions that we treat. Common co-occurring mental health conditions include:

  • Major depressive disorder (depression)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder

Throughout our treatment process, mental health professionals use a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. Medications are prescribed and administered by doctors to help alleviate co-occurring symptoms. Several behavioral therapies show patients how to incorporate healthy coping methods in their daily lives when negative emotions and thoughts surface. In practicing this strategy, patients begin to see personal growth and become optimistic in their day-to-day lives.

Here are some common behavioral therapies used:

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is incorporated during the course of treatment. Medications, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers, are prescribed by the care team. These medications are strategically used to reduce depression, anxiety, and irritability, attempting to also reduce the need to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol.

All these types of therapies and medications target both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Of course, not all co-occurring disorders are the same. Therefore, each patient receives personalized care depending on the type and severity of their disorder. In this way, our team can provide the best-suited care that meets the patient’s condition for accurate treatment. The overall goal of our treatment is to help patients get better so they can experience the joys of living.

The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Process

To begin the process, patients start by going to medical detox to safely get rid of substances in their system and manage withdrawal symptoms until the substance is fully out of their body.

Then, patients transfer to our residential program, where they live at our housing facility and have 24-hour access to medical care or our outpatient program. During either of these programs, patients receive dual diagnosis treatment.

The average duration of dual diagnosis treatment can last between 30 and 120 days, depending on the severity of the disorders. There are certain instances where treatment can last longer because their mental health conditions are significant and require intensive care. Our team prioritizes the necessities for every patient’s wellness and advocates for their best interests throughout the entire treatment process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is dual diagnosis?

When a person has a mental health disorder and substance use disorder, they are diagnosed with a dual diagnosis by a health professional.

How to treat a dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is treated using a combination of behavioral therapies and medication-assisted treatment to address both mental health disorders and substance use disorders.

How long is dual diagnosis treatment?

The average dual diagnosis treatment can last between 30-120 days. However, treatment can last longer for more severe conditions requiring intense care.