Dual Diagnosis Options
Few drug treatment programs specialize in treating co-occurring mental health conditions and drug addiction. Dual diagnosis treatment programs combine the most effective aspects of substance abuse treatment and mental health care. Treatments for both co-occurring conditions run parallel and are optimal when combined with the use of an integrated drug and alcohol treatment program.
Dual diagnosis treatment programs offer numerous options to patients who struggle with mental illnesses and substance abuse. All can be used together as a comprehensive treatment program which can help the client slowly integrate back into society, while staying in an environment that’s conducive to their sobriety and finding stability in dealing with their mental illness.
Detox facilities are useful for clients who are coming back from a binge or have never stopped drinking or using in the first place. Many are medically assisted where the patients are administered specific medication that can help ease the pain of withdrawals from drugs and/or alcohol.
Inpatient treatment programs for patients with dual diagnosis offers the patients a clean and safe place to stay during their early sobriety. It provides them with a clean and safe place to stay while they attend recovery groups and rehab therapy. While staying at the facility, they are subject to its rules and regulations and submit drug screenings regularly. This form of treatment can often be the most beneficial because it separates the addict from its old environment with a new one that is recovery-centered and holds them accountable.
Clients typically come to these facilities immediately upon their departure from a detox program. They typically stay in inpatient treatment for a minimum of one month.
Outpatient treatment offers some of the same benefits as an inpatient facility except it allows patients to reside outside of the facility. These are often referred to as intensive outpatient (IOP) programs. They offer clients access to recovery-centered groups and individual therapy sessions. This option is often used by patients subsequently following their completion of an inpatient treatment program. These programs offer patients the option to continue treatment once after complete their initial stay and reside in a transitional living or sober living environment.
Transitional living facilities are usually the next step clients follow after completing they stay at an inpatient facility. They has less restrictions than inpatient programs but still hold the clients responsible to follow curfews, complete regular drug screenings and complete IOP groups if required.
Sober Livings are simply facilities where clients are required to be sober to reside there. They conduct periodic drug screenings and are where patients ideally go following their release from an inpatient program or transitional. They less restrictive than transitional livings but still allow patients more freedom so they can look for work and integrate back into society.
These are generally not specific to cases of dual diagnosis but still provide the patient with a safe option for a place to stay and focus on their recovery in early sobriety. Patients alos are encouraged to work and attend recovery groups in these facilities, which help to lay a foundation of stability in their early sobriety.
Recovery Groups in California
Recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are 12-step based programs that have helped millions of alcoholics and drug addicts to recover from their addiction and help others in the recovery process. Both have no dues or fees to join and provide members with meetings every day of the week. Many other 12-step groups have been established in the past few decades which run on the same principles as these two groups and can appeal to alcoholics and addicts from all walks of life.
These programs can be invaluable to people who struggle with addiction, but should not entirely replace the use of individualized mental health treatment. Both AA and NA approve the use of doctors, psychiatrists and therapists when they are deemed necessary. The principles that both are based on indicate that neither intends to take the place of traditional medicine and therapy. Both remove themselves from the subject and urge members to seek outside help if it is necessary.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and a co-occurring mental illness, please contact the California Dual Diagnosis Helpline at 855-980-1736. A representative will speak with you and help you find the right dual diagnosis treatment in your area.
If you or a loved one has an issue with addiction, your problem may extend further than substance abuse. Please call us for help on this matter and we will give you guidance on how to treat this problem.
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