We provide multifaceted care to effectively treat comorbid disorders.
Dual diagnosis (DD) refers to the condition of having a mental health disorder alongside a drug and/or alcohol addiction. It is not uncommon for those struggling with addiction to be battling mental health disorders simultaneously; creating a negative cycle in which one exacerbates the other. This cycle can have life-changing consequences that are challenging to address without a multidisciplinary approach. At The Ohana, our staff is trained to effectively diagnosis and treat DD through a variety of treatment methods.
How common is dual diagnosis?Many people with a history of alcoholism also struggle with other mental disorders. The National Comorbidity Survey found that those addicted to alcohol were two to three times more likely to have an anxiety disorder compared to those without alcohol addiction. Additionally, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported in the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey that those with a history of alcohol dependence—including former drinkers—had more than a fourfold increased risk of a major depressive episode than those without a history of alcohol dependence. There is a correlation between drug use and mental health disorders and vice versa. Since the 1980s, many national surveys have found that this comorbidity is widespread. There is also a strong correlation between those with mood or anxiety disorders and a SUD—either abuse or dependence—as compared to the general population.
Does one cause the other?Even if one of the conditions is noticed first, it does not imply causation. Drug and alcohol use can develop for a number of reasons and vice versa, and it is possible that symptoms of one could lead to the other. A few common situations are worth considering:
- Drug or alcohol abuse can cause those struggling with addiction to experience one or more symptoms of another mental illness. The increased risk of psychosis in some marijuana abusers has been offered as evidence for this possibility.
- Mental illnesses can lead to drug abuse. Individuals with overt, mild, or even subclinical mental health disorders may abuse drugs as a form of self-medication.
How we treat dual diagnosis
At The Ohana Addiction Treatment Center, we know that dual-diagnosis treatment requires a team that understands both sides: addiction and mental health. Dual-diagnosis clients must treat both the substance use disorder (SUD) and any co-occurring mental disorders to make progress in either category. We offer a variety of treatment methods that enables us to effectively treat clients with dual diagnosis.
Holistic Therapy Holistic methods are designed to treat you as a whole person; reforming the mind-body-spirit connection that is essential to recovery. We offer a variety of holistic treatment methods that help our clients address dual diagnosis at the root.
Behavioral Therapy Treatment plans for mental health disorders and SUDs with the best outcomes have evidence-based behavioral therapies as a foundation. We offer individual therapy, group therapy, trauma work CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Medication A variety of medications exist that treat substance use and mental health disorders. Our medical, psychiatric professionals provide comprehensive assessments that help determine if (and what) medication best suits an individual's needs.