The interconnectedness of chemical dependency and mental illness has confounded doctors and psychiatrists for decades. Unfortunately, the medications–both doctor-prescribed and self-prescribed–that are most effective at immediately eliminating pain and suffering are also the most likely to cause social and occupational impairments in the long term. If you think you may be suffering from a mental health condition alongside substance use disorder, contact Crestview Recovery to learn more about our unique dual diagnosis treatment center in Oregon. You can reach us 24/7 by calling 866.262.0531
WHAT IS DUAL DIAGNOSIS?
Dual diagnosis is a diagnosis of two disorders occurring together. In substance abuse treatment, clients frequently have an addiction, coupled with a co-occurring mental illness. At Crestview Recovery, we understand that seeking dual diagnosis treatment is one of the most challenging parts of a person’s life. This process can be profoundly vexing for family members as well. At Crestview, patients are our staff’s top priority. The respectful, compassionate care you find at Crestview is unique in the Portland addiction treatment world.
Getting your loved one into treatment is an emotionally draining process, but you can rest assured that they are getting the very best care. Patients with dual diagnosis believe–even more strongly than other patients–that they need dangerous drugs to survive. Our goal is to treat patients with the compassion, professionalism, and patience that we would want our own loved ones to have. After your loved one has completed treatment, family addiction counseling can help ensure that they get the help they need from their family.
COMMON MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS OCCURRING ALONGSIDE ADDICTION
Clients in addiction treatment commonly suffer PTSD, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD, depression and anxiety alongside substance abuse. Mood and anxiety disorders are the most common of these illnesses. Severe dual diagnosis conditions include schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
It can be hard for doctors to diagnose these co-occurring conditions because addiction hides or exaggerates some symptoms. There are also many common symptoms of addiction and mental illness. However, there are some patterns in people that have both addiction and a mental health disorder. Addiction involves alcohol or drug abuse. This disease often wrecks your work, school, social, and family lives. You may suffer relationship, money, legal, health, and employment problems.
Many people start using drugs or alcohol because they have an underlying mental illness. On the other side of the coin, a mental health disorder can develop after addiction sets in. It’s not important which came first, the addiction or mental illness. Instead, it’s important to treat both problems at once with depression and anxiety treatment for lasting, healthy recovery.
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS INCREASE IN TREATMENT
Clients with mental illness often self-medicate using drugs or alcohol. When those substances are no longer present, their symptoms of mental illness become more visible. As an example, anxiety makes individuals jumpy and stressed. Depression causes people to sleep too much, retreat to their own space, become emotional, and avoid others. We offer the following programs at Crestview to treat both addiction and mental illness: