Mental illness and addiction are common issues in the United States. Both require treatment and supportive care so that people can live healthy, productive lives. People living with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction statistically have higher violent behavior rates and death by suicide. Sometimes, the symptoms of mental illness can be similar to the effects of substance abuse. Addiction can make it hard for people to participate in mental illness treatment or stick to an ongoing treatment plan.
Many people use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate, which can cover up their mental health symptoms. Often, people are treated only for their substance abuse. This leaves their mental illness untreated. Once people are finally diagnosed, finding a dual diagnosis treatment center that can treat both issues is difficult. The facility staff must be experienced in treating both issues and must allow people to move through the programs at their own pace.
If you or someone you love have a dual diagnosis or think you may have one, you do not have to manage these conditions alone. The Northern Illinois Recovery Center’s experienced staff is ready to help you in your journey to recovery. Call us at 855.786.1978 or fill out an online intake form today.
What Are Signs of Dual Diagnosis?
Diagnosing someone with co-occurring disorders can be very difficult. Without knowing which condition present first, medical professionals often have a hard time figuring out what symptoms come from the mental illness and substance use. Some signs of a dual diagnosis are:
- Only enjoying activities when using substances
- Using substances to help manage stress or other emotions
- Starting to use substances after going through a traumatic event
- Family history of mental illness
- Isolating self from others
- Secretive behavior to hide substance use
- Needing more of the substance to get the same effect
Do I Need Mental Health Treatment or Addiction Treatment?
Trying to manage life with a dual diagnosis for any amount of time can be exhausting and discouraging when you don’t have the right support. On average, people struggle with their symptoms for 11 years before seeking treatment. During this time, both conditions cause harm to people’s physical and mental health and can make it difficult to function in daily life. It can be hard to know if someone requires mental health treatment or addiction treatment or need specialized co-occurring disorder treatment.
If someone with a dual diagnosis receives focused treatment only for their substance use, their untreated mental health symptoms can later relapse. Similarly, if someone with a dual diagnosis receives treatment only for their mental health, their substance use may interfere with any improvement in their symptoms. Because dual diagnosis treatment is so complex, it is important to get treatment at a center specifically qualified to treat co-occurring disorders.
Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
People with a dual diagnosis can struggle to find the right combination of treatments to help them achieve lifelong sobriety. To treat both their mental illness and their substance abuse, the person will go through medical detox and substance use disorder treatment while also receiving evidence-based treatments for their mental illness. These treatments include medications and mental health therapies.
Professionals need special skills and experience to figure out how both issues affect each other. Because co-occurring mental health and addiction can be complicated to treat, most people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve. Identifying a dual diagnosis and getting early access to care is crucial for a successful recovery and relapse prevention.
Learn More About Dual Diagnosis Care at Northern Illinois Recovery Center
If you or a loved one have a dual diagnosis and need supportive care and treatment, contact the staff at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. Some of our programs include:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient drug rehab center
- Sober living program
- Telehealth rehab program
- Medication-assisted treatment
With the right treatment, you can recover from addiction and learn how to manage your mental health issues so you can live a full, healthy life. The compassionate staff at Northern Illinois Recovery Center are ready to join you on your journey. Call 855.786.1978 or fill out an online intake form today.