Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Addiction

With so many people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction many people receive a dual diagnosis from their healthcare professional once they have decided to seek professional help. So, what is a dual diagnosis? To put it quite simply it refers to a person who is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction as well as other mental health issues.


In many cases, it is the mental illness that has led these people down the path of misusing drugs and alcohol. Sometimes, however, it is the drug or alcohol addiction that may have started before the mental illness came about.


Either way, it is very important when facing a dual diagnosis to make sure that you get the proper treatment for both your addiction as well as your mental illness for you to obtain and maintain long-term sobriety.


Individuals with a primary mental health condition may also receive residential mental health disorder care at our Atlanta clinic. We can assist you if you are suffering from a dual diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder together with your addiction. When you come to us, if you are in a crisis, we are here to help you get through it. We will keep you healthy and protected as you recover until you regain your strength.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Explained

Dual diagnosis treatment is used to treat both a substance disorder and a mental health disorder simultaneously to achieve sustainable long-term recovery for the patient.


The interaction between the two disorders can make treatment a little more complex but it is treatable at a reputable rehabilitation center such as The Retreat of Atlanta.


A patient who has received a dual diagnosis needs to start treatment for both conditions at the same time and for treatment to be successful patients need to stop using alcohol or drugs through detoxification therapy together with behavioral therapy.


Behavioral therapy can consist of one-on-one sessions with our professionals as well as group support systems to enhance emotional and social support. Unfortunately, dual diagnosis treatment will not be effective unless it addresses both the substance abuse as well as the diagnosed mental disorder.


The amount of care you need depends solely on the severity of the history of substance abuse and in some cases, intensive around-the-clock residential care is advised for patients who have to battle a dual diagnosis that is accompanied by heavy substance abuse.


Sometimes patients can be treated in our outpatient rehabilitation programs, but this depends on the severity of their diagnosis and whether or not it is still treatable while they continue to attend school or work.

The Difference Between A Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder

Dual diagnosis is used to describe how a person has been diagnosed with both a mental illness and an addiction. Co-occurring disorders describe a variety of diseases that can occur together with drug or alcohol addiction.


Our team is well-versed in drug abuse care as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. These abilities allow us to meet our clients’ physical needs during detox while also treating their mental health issues.


We will help our clients lay the physical, emotional, and mental groundwork for a stable recovery life. Our team will provide you with the structure you need to live a life free of alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness

Signs and Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis

Common symptoms of a person who receives a dual diagnosis are as follows:

Without treatment, these symptoms can get worse and even cause additional complications such as poor response to treatment as well as other serious and sometimes fatal medical complications.

How Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Different From Other Treatments?

Dual diagnosis is treated by finding the root cause of the problem that is making the patient suffer from substance abuse and a mental illness simultaneously.


At the Retreat of Atlanta, we look at the diagnostic criteria used for diagnosing disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and any other behavioral health disorder. These diagnostic criteria assist us to determine the right type of treatment for each of our patients and their individual needs.


When we are dealing with a dual diagnosis, we take great care to take your mental health as well as your addiction problem into account while we help you go through the steps of your recovery process. Medical treatment is often used to help patients who are dealing with both a psychological disorder together with addiction.

Mental Illnesses and Addiction Can Be Diagnosed As:

The Facts of Dual Diagnosis Therapy

For us to facilitate recovery, our patients need to be constantly monitored to prevent the risk of relapse. If you have decided that you want to achieve sobriety then you need to make a strong commitment to stick to the treatment and allow us to guide you through the recovery process.


Our Physicians will often prescribe the appropriate pharmaceutical treatments for our dual diagnosis patients to alleviate any symptoms of anxiety and agitation. These medications are also used to control hallucinations during the withdrawal period and ensure safe detoxification for our patients.


Allowing yourself to learn more about mental health, addiction, and substance abuse is essential if you want to recovery successfully. Understanding what you are going through daily is the best way to help yourself as well as your family members know what to expect during the recovery process.


At The Retreat of Atlanta, we offer family counseling, meetings, and peer support groups to all those who have been affected by their dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness.

What Our Patients Need to Know

Usually, patients who are diagnosed with a dual diagnosis tend to deny the fact that they have the problem or that they may require treatment.


Many patients may even ignore the need for treatment and disregard any medical advice due to their altered perspective which has been caused by both their mental illness and their drug abuse.


An increased amount of anxiety can cause a detrimental effect on the person’s ability to feel anything at all and can lead to extreme symptoms that they feel can only be dealt with by using alcohol or drugs

How to Facilitate a Full Recovery

At the Retreat of Atlanta, we have specialists who work together to treat both your mental health as well as substance addiction. We use psychotherapy as a key role to treat dual-diagnosis patients as well as prescription medication if needed.


We work hard to allow our patients to make the choices that are best for them and their families and in the process involve all members of the patient’s family to develop a whole treatment approach for our clients.


At the Retreat of Atlanta, our treatment plans contain the following components:

Group Therapy

Group Therapy involves using a group of individuals in the facility who are experiencing the same issues. This approach aims to encourage patient bonding by having them speak about their issues with one another.

Motivational Interviewing

Therapists urge patients to discuss the steps they should take to improve their actions for the better. Since the patient generates their measures, they are simpler to execute.

Trauma Focus

The patient discusses the traumatic experience with the therapist. Talking about it will help you deal with the pain.


 Following the procedure, our Retreat of Atlanta workers will contact the patient. It is beneficial to modify their actions so that it is consistent with their proposals.


“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” – Edward Everett Hale

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