Suffering in Silence
Traditional concepts of masculinity include stoicism and an aversion to showing weakness. Unfortunately, these notions are one of the prime barriers to the treatment of co-occurring disorders in men. For example, a man may feel he should be able to beat his anxiety disorder on his own, turn to alcohol to self-medicate, and suffer in silence when things inevitably fall apart. At Ocean Recovery, we provide men’s dual diagnosis treatment to address both problems and treat the “whole person.”
How Does a Dual Diagnosis Occur?
A dual diagnosis is the result of a number of factors. These factors can include genetics and biochemistry, environmental history or upbringing, and personality traits. For example, a family history of alcoholism and depression is a strong indicator that a person is in danger of developing both of these diseases. Some genes can create dispositions that increase the risk for people to develop mental health or addiction issues. Furthermore, that risk increases when a person grows up in a household with a family member actively struggling with alcoholism or depression. Finally, personality traits like impulsiveness or a predilection for adrenaline can be indicators that a person may struggle with co-occurring disorders. These traits often link to genetics and upbringing and it’s an example of why it can be so difficult to pin down a cause. These difficulties are what make men’s dual diagnosis treatment so important.
Some Common Co-Occurring Disorders in Men
There are no hard and fast rules about which co-occurring disorders can develop together. However, there are some pairs that seem to occur more often than others. For example, anxiety and depression commonly occur with alcohol abuse, usually as a result of self-medication. However, alcohol is a depressant and can easily create a problem where there previously was not. Another common pair are substance abuse and eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorder Alliance, up to 50% of those who struggle with an eating disorder also abuse alcohol or illicit drugs. Furthermore, 35% of those with a substance abuse disorder also have eating disorders. Finally, though most of the public view eating disorders as a “women’s disease,” one in three who suffer from them are male. Fortunately, there are men’s dual diagnosis treatment options available.
Men’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Ocean Recovery
Men’s dual diagnosis treatment requires a holistic approach. The old model of treating each issue separately fell out of favor by the end of the 90s. And for good reason. It makes no sense to try to treat the conditions separately when they are so inextricably bound. At Ocean Recovery, we take each client’s mental health and substance use history into account. We then craft an individualized plan designed to treat the “whole person.” Group and individual counseling are cornerstones of effective treatment. These sessions are an opportunity to learn triggers, coping skills, and the roots of the issues that clients struggle with the most. We also bring loved ones in for family therapy when appropriate. A well-informed family is at the center of a strong support network and increases the chance of success.
Build Your Foundation for Success
Ocean Recovery has been providing successful men’s dual diagnosis treatment since 2002. In addition to the group, individual, and family therapy we mentioned above, we also include cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, nutritional therapy, yoga, and more. It’s all part of our holistic approach to recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with co-occurring disorders, please don’t continue to suffer in silence. Call Ocean Recovery today and start building your foundation for success.