When you are dealing with a mental health disorder and a substance abuse problem, you often feel very alone, but you are not: 10% of people in the U.S. have experienced substance use disorder; this translates into approximately 23 million people.
The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 7.9 million people have co-occurring conditions, meaning they struggle with not only a substance abuse problem but also a mental health disorder. The good news is that there are programs available, like those at Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, that address both substance abuse treatment and mental health disorder concurrently.
What Is Substance Abuse?
You do not need to be the stereotypical portrait of a junkie to need substance abuse treatment. Most people with substance use disorder are functioning members of society who have figured out how to hide and deny their substance abuse. While there is no clear definition or picture of a person in need of substance abuse treatment, there are some signs you can watch for, such as:
- Withdrawal from usual social circle
- Radical changes in behavior
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Increasing tolerance to drugs
- Inability to function without drugs
- Withdrawal symptoms
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
In the early 2000s, Dr. Ken Minkoff and his team of medical professionals developed and introduced the Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care (CCISC) Model, which has blossomed into what is now known as “Dual Diagnosis and Treatment.”
This integrated treatment has been found to be more effective than the sequential treatment previously used. It was previously believed that you had to first treat one disorder, usually the substance abuse issue, first, THEN work on the mental health issues.
This is kind of like treating the fatigue, nausea, and pain of cancer, without treating the cancer itself. It is not a chicken-or-the-egg scenario—because of the frequency of substance abuse co-occurring with mental health disorders, integrated treatment is much more successful.
At Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, we use education, stress management, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy in a positive and holistic atmosphere to help treat co-occurring chemical dependency and mental health disorders.
We are available 24/7. Please contact us today. Be sure to visit our website to learn about our services.