Should All Treatment Treat Dual Diagnosis?

In December 30, 2018

Should All Treatment Treat Dual Diagnosis?

There is a common link between mental health issues and addiction that can lead to many challenging issues in recovery. Although a large percentage of people suffer from both a mental illness and an addiction, not every treatment center is equipped to cope with these two problems. Only dual diagnosis treatment facilities can offer the kind of assistance that can help people with these issues completely recover.

If someone with a dual diagnosis were to enter a more general rehab center they might struggle with their mental illness and not have the right kind of support to deal with their symptoms and how they affect their addiction. They would find that their mental health problems strongly influence their cravings and this would negatively impact their ability to recover. Going through a treatment center without support for dual diagnosis could cause them to relapse because they have not addressed the relationship between their disorder and their addiction.

On the other hand if someone without any issues of mental health might prefer to go to a general rehab center because it is more affordable and better suited for them to focus solely on their substance abuse problem. Since recovery is different for everyone, it is beneficial for addicts to have multiple options for rehab so that they can find a facility that caters to their particular issues. It is important for addicts to have access to it, but not every treatment center needs to offer dual diagnosis if they don’t have the resources available.

A dual diagnosis is a complicated problem that requires specially qualified staff and support for patients. Not every treatment center can provide dual diagnosis care but those that do are a crucial resource in the addiction recovery community. Specialized treatment centers and general rehab centers can be both be life-saving for an addicts particular needs.

By Dr. Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor

Primary Therapist