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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Dual diagnosis occurs when there is more than one condition affecting an addict.

The conditions are mental health disorders paired with substance addiction. Mental health disorders, such as bipolar depression or anxiety significantly affect the brain and its chemicals which cause detrimental effects on cognitive and behavioral functioning. For those who suffer from mental health illness, abusing substances cause even more unfortunate effects on the brain. Sometimes addiction is uncontrollable for those with co-occurring disorders and it is very important to seek treatment.

Diagnosing Co-Occurring Disorders

At Sprout Health Texas, our highly educated and well-trained staff are knowledgeable in diagnosing overlapping conditions through efficient and thorough assessments. Our patients undergo mental and physical examinations that help determine their conditions. This process helps determine patterns of mental or behavioral issues that may otherwise go undetected in typical examinations. If a dual diagnosis is suspected, patients will require careful monitoring and even closer observation.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

tx_dual_diagnosis_programCo-occurring disorders are characterized by individuals who suffer from both a mental health disorder and a drug addiction. According to researchers, there are two theories about co-occurring disorders. The first theory is that mental health disorders are the leading cause of substance abuse. Those with mental illness, because of social stigma are afraid to seek help; therefore, they self-medicate. It is well known that self-medication usually leads to abuse which then leads to addiction.

The other theory is that substance abuse creates mental illness. People believe this theory because addictive substances cause significant physiological and biochemical effects and disrupt the brain’s cognitive and behavioral functions, thus causing a mental health illness.

Neither theory has been proven; however, there is definitely a direct correlation between mental health and substance addiction. It is extremely important to know the signs and symptoms of both mental health illness and substance addiction in order to get those who suffer the treatment they need.

How to Recognize Co-Occurring Disorders

Indicators of addiction are:

  • Compulsion to regularly use the addicting substance
  • Inability to stop using the substance
  • Ensuring constant availability of the substance
  • Obsession with the perceived benefits of regularly using the substance
  • Displaying risky behavior

Common mental health problems include:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Other anxiety disorders.

Depending on the substance, symptoms may also include physical changes in their bodies and moods, such as:

  • Extreme weight loss or changes in appetite
  • Destruction of dental health
  • Impaired coordination and/or speech
  • Lack of motivation
  • Appears anxious, fearful or paranoid for no reason
  • Hyperactivity or agitation
  • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing
  • Frequently getting in trouble
  • Sudden change in friends or hobbies
While traditional treatments are offered, Sprout Health Texas also offers a more holistic approach to treat and manage dual diagnosis. We also guarantee that we will put in as much effort; if not, more, as you do. We pride ourselves in providing every individual with the help, support and tools necessary to live and maintain a healthy, sober lifestyle.

Assessing and Treating Dual Diagnosis

As mentioned before, in order for our staff to fully develop a highly individualized treatment plan, patients must undergo a thorough assessment of their physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual health.

The management of dual diagnosis is extremely similar to psychiatric mental health disorder management; in that, we suggest individual and group counseling and working with a specialized team. Cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as family and group therapies are important because they form a support group both inside and outside the treatment facility. We highly recommend allowing families to be involved in the treatment process. It not only creates a larges support system for their loved ones but it also allows us to educate them on the signs and symptoms of addiction and mental health disorders. They have the potential to pass on that information to others and help people get the help they need.

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of our most effective therapies. We are able to teach our patients to recognize their maladaptive and addictive behaviors. They will also learn coping mechanisms to help combat the triggers for their addiction.

Depending on the individual, we also suggest the following:

  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Equine therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Meditation
  • Psychodrama

We find that equine therapy can significantly increase self-esteem because it teaches our patients how to take care of themselves as well as take care of something else. They can learn compassion and trust.


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