Dual Diagnosis in Newark NJ 973-679-3011

Dual diagnosis is a term that's used to describe someone who has a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder or depression as well as an addiction to or dependency on drugs or alcohol. While these issues fall under one term, it's important to know that someone with a dual diagnosis suffers from two separate illnesses, each of which requires its own treatment plan. There are specialized treatment programs for those with dual diagnosis at drug treatment centers in Newark.

To find out more about available facilities in Newark, that provide treatment options for dual diagnosis patients, call (973) 679-3011.

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, there is a distinct connection between mental illness and substance abuse. The source indicates that mental health disorder patients are responsible for consuming: 38 percent of alcohol, 44 percent of cocaine, and 40 percent of cigarettes. The same source also states that those who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some point are responsible for consuming: 68 percent of cigarettes, 84 percent of cocaine, and 69 percent of alcohol.

There is a definite link between substance abuse and mental health disorders. However, there are many potential causes. One of the most common links between mental illness and substance abuse is self-medication among patients. Many people self- medicate in order to control mental health symptoms that may be uncomfortable or disruptive.

Types of mental health disorders

  • Eating disorders - according to nationaleatingdisorders.com, almost half of those with eating disorders also abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Common links between substance abuse and eating disorders include genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Commonly abused drugs include alcohol, illicit drugs such as cocaine, prescription medications such as thyroid medicine and steroids, diet pills, and laxatives.
  • Depression - many people suffering from depression rely on drugs and/or alcohol to make them happier or to lessen painful thoughts. Depression and substance abuse often coexist, and one condition frequently makes the other one worse.
  • OCD - obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is a type of anxiety disorder. Many people turn to drugs and/or alcohol to help cope with extreme fear and anxiety. This is more likely among those who first noticed OCD symptoms in childhood or adolescence.
  • PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is characterized by intense anxiety along with flashbacks and intrusive memories. It's not uncommon for someone with PTSD to turn to drugs or alcohol to help numb their pain or to gain more control over their lives.
  • Anxiety - individuals with anxiety or a panic disorder often turned to drugs and/or alcohol to help relieve the distress associated with these issues. However, many substances actually intensify the symptoms of anxiety.

Why do These Often go Together?

There are many reasons why mental health and substance abuse disorders often go together. One of the most common reasons is self-medication; another is specific underlying causes. These causes may include changes in brain composition, genetics, and exposure to stress or trauma. It's also possible for someone with an addiction to certain drugs to experience at least one symptom of mental health problem.



Treatment Options

  • Psychopharmacology - this type of treatment involves using certain medications, most often prescription medications, to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal associated with drug use or to help lessen the symptoms of a mental illness.
  • Psychotherapy - cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy often used to treat those of the dual diagnosis. The goal of therapy is to change how does the patient thinks about their self-worth, and to encourage positive change their behavior related to drug or alcohol use and abuse.

Find the appropriate dual diagnosis treatment facility and the program that best suits your needs, by calling Drug Treatment Centers Newark at (973) 679-3011.

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