Many people who are suffering from a drug addiction have what is known as a ‘dual diagnosis’. This is where a person has two different conditions. They have a drug addiction, as well as mental health issue.
How Do You Know Whether You Have A Dual Diagnosis?
Since you have landed on this page, we are going to assume that you already know that you or your loved one has a drug addiction. If you are taking drugs on a regular basis, legal or otherwise, then you are addicted to drugs. This is a given. However, this does not necessarily mean that you have what is known as a ‘dual diagnosis’. This is where you will be dealing with a mood disorder at the same time. This includes:
- Symptoms here may include a loss of energy, being unable to concentrate on things going on in their life, difficulty making decisions, thoughts of death or suicide, crying a lot, feeling sad, irritability etc.
- Mania: this may involve rapid changes in the way in which the person behaves. For example, they may be overly excited or irritable for a while. They may act aggressively, they may extreme optimism, a high level of self-confidence or self-importance, lack of sleep, delusions etc. Basically, you can think of it as the opposite to depression.
These are not the only conditions which may result in a dual diagnosis, but they are certainly the most common.
Why Does The Mood Disorder Need To Be Treated Alongside The Drug Addiction?
If you undergo a mood disorder treatment without dealing with the drug addiction, then there is a good chance that you will end up making the drug addiction worse. If you are treated for a drug addiction without dealing with the drug addiction, the mood disorder will become worse. Therefore it is so important that they are treated together. This is the only way in which you will be able to recover from both.
How Is It Diagnosed?
If you are entering rehabilitation for drug addiction, you will be working closely with a therapist. They will carry out an analysis of your behavior. You will probably be asked to fill in a questionnaire too. It is vital that you are as honest as possible during this assessment. If you are not honest, then you will not receive the treatment that you need.
What Should You Expect From Your Treatment?
All drug addiction treatments, whether you are dealing with a dual diagnosis or not, will start with detoxification. This is where you will be taken off the drugs that you are addicted to. This is not an easy process as your body will go through several withdrawal symptoms, and they can be very serious. Your doctor will keep an eye on you throughout this process to ensure that you are dealing with your symptoms in the best possible way. They may be able to prescribe you with some medication which will make withdrawal easier in some situations.
After this, two things will take place:
- Behavioral therapy: this is designed to help you to deal with your drug addiction. You will be given techniques that you can utilize to reduce the chances of drug use in the future.
- Therapy for your mental health disorder. The process will be dependent on the severity and type of condition that you are suffering from.
Depending on your condition, you may also be prescribed medication to help to deal with your mental health issues. However, this will be dependent on whether the doctor feels as if you can ‘handle’ taking medication and will not become addicted to it.
Dealing with a drug addiction is bad enough. Dealing with a dual diagnosis is even worse. However, you can get through it. If you show the same motivation that you did when you opened this page, then you have already demonstrated that you have the tools needed to get the process. It may be an uphill battle, but you will, if you continue with your treatment, start to see the light at the end of that tunnel.
Get in touch with a clinic today. They will be able to assist you with your dual diagnosis. This will put you on the path towards the recovery that you deserve.