Summit Estate specializes in the treatment of individuals suffering with a dual diagnosis. Our luxurious, beautiful setting, as well as personalized treatment, makes us one of the best dual diagnosis treatment centers in northern California. Whether in our exclusive residential or outpatient treatment facilities, each individual receives holistic treatment that cares for the mind, body, and spirit. Our compassionate and caring staff insure that everybody who enters our doors has the best chance possible to overcome the things that are keeping them from living a healthy and happy life.
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
When an individual who is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction also has a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, it is referred to as a “dual diagnosis” or a “co-occurring disorder”. Because of the difficulty it presents to providers who do not have experience with it, this disorder should be diagnosed specifically by an experienced dual diagnosis treatment center. There are many reasons for this. To start, there are a large number of combinations of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders which may constitute the co-occurring disorder. It may be a combination of alcohol addiction coupled with depression, heroin addiction coupled with anxiety, or pain medication coupled with PTSD. Additionally, one disorder may not be as severe as another. Finally, many of the symptoms of psychiatric disorders are easily masked by the symptoms of the addiction. Ultimately, there is a wide variety of co-occurring disorders.
Integrated Treatment For Co-occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders treatment is quite different than substance abuse treatment alone. It starts by treating both disorders at the same time, which is known as integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders.
Without an integrated treatment plan, individuals being treated experience problems during and after treatment that typically include:
- Failure to integrate with peers during treatment
- High likelihood of leaving treatment early
- Quick relapse after treatment
Integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders is typically longer, goes through more crises, and progresses in a more gradual way. The individual being treated is also going to undergo more severe and more regular medical, emotional, and social problems as they progress. These problems are best managed by a dual diagnosis treatment center that has experience with treating co-occurring disorders, like Summit Estate.
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