Smiling man happy about his dual diagnosis treatment.Before the 1990s, doctors treated people with substance abuse problems separate from those with mental health disorders. However, these conditions often overlap because substance use disorder is a mental disorder. People who have a drug problem and a mental health condition receive a dual diagnosis. At Ocean Recovery, we provide dual diagnosis treatment to help people overcome both problems.

The Cause of a Dual Diagnosis

There’s no one factor that causes a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Several elements contribute, including genetics, brain chemistry, and personal traits.

Some genes can create dispositions that increase the risk for people to develop mental health or addiction issues. The genes also influence how the body and brain respond to substances. Drugs and mental health conditions can cause changes in the brain that make other problems develop. Furthermore, those who seek novelty encounters and take risks have a high chance to develop co-occurring disorders.

It’s important to understand that either problem can occur first. Those with mental disorders could develop drug issues through increased drug exposure, self-medication and trying drugs. People with drug use problems can develop mental issues through drug effects and brain chemistry changes.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders

In general, some mental health conditions are more likely to develop with certain substance use disorders. The opposite is also true. For instance, anxiety and depression often lead to alcohol abuse and vice versa.

Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone feels at some point in their lives. However, it becomes a problem when people can no longer complete daily tasks. Depression is also a normal feeling that usually disappears after a day or two. It becomes a mental disorder for people who constantly feel sad or hopeless and can’t experience pleasure.

Amphetamines, cocaine, weed and nicotine use often occur with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). With ASPD, people tend to disregard others’ rights, which turns into aggression or hostility. Also common with these drugs, schizophrenia causes odd and disorganized or irrational behavior

However, the most closely related issues are drug use and bipolar disorder. This category of serious mood disorder causes extreme changes in mood states. It can affect people’s attitudes, behavior, energy, and ability to function.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Ocean Recovery provides extensive services to treat people with co-occurring disorders. We understand that no single treatment works for every client. We create customized treatment plans with a range of programs and services. The level of care that we recommend depends on the severity of each issue.

During dual diagnosis treatment, we address each client’s drug history and specific mental health condition. Our team may provide medicines to normalize symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, and moods swings. Some medicines might also prevent flashbacks or delusions of traumatic events.

Group and individual counseling are major parts of dual diagnosis treatment at Ocean Recovery. We identify the issues that clients struggle with the most, such as impulse control or negative attitude. Then, we focus their therapy sessions on those problems to spur acceptance and change.

Ocean Recovery aims to get clients’ loved ones involved too. We want to educate everyone about mental health and drug use, including spouses, children, and siblings. The more informed the family is, the more likely they will be to provide support throughout recovery. We encourage loved ones to also attend support groups or 12-step program meetings for further insight.

Get Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders at Ocean Recovery

If you believe that you have co-occurring disorders, let Ocean Recovery help you regain control of your life. Along with the above therapies, we provide trauma, nutrition, and other counseling services for eating disorders, as well. Experiential therapy such as art therapy, swimming, tai chi, and yoga are also available.

Ocean Recovery provides more than dual diagnosis treatment. We offer addiction and eating disorder treatment, too, including our 90-day extended care program. Our other programs include:

  • Residential rehab
  • Intensive outpatient care
  • Partial hospitalization
  • General outpatient treatment

Don’t let a drug, a mental disorder or both keep you from enjoying and living a healthy life. Ask for help from Ocean Recovery. Call us today at 800-641-2388 to learn more about our whole-person treatment approach.