Alternative Dual Diagnosis \ Co-Occurring Treatment

What is a Dual Diagnosis\Co-Occurring Disorder?

Countless people have co-occurring disorders, or an addiction along with another diagnosable mental health problem. For these people, each is a primary condition. That is, they have two conditions that require stabilization and management if they are to be healthy and successful in their lives. Such co-existing conditions may be referred to by several terms, all indicating the same type of problem. You may hear them called, for example, co-occurring/co-existing disorders, dual disorders, dual diagnosis issues, or concurrent disorders.

The Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction Recovery

Co-occurring disorders can pose multiple, often serious challenges for the people who have them, as well as for their loved ones. For recovery, not only is an accurate diagnosis required, but so is the help of professionals with the right expertise to address them simultaneously. Without concurrent stabilization, addiction recovery becomes very complicated, and sadly, impossible for many. An unresolved co-existing disorder will sabotage any recovery effort. We are pleased to have a team of professionals at The Sanctuary’s inpatient dual diagnosis center in Sedona, AZ that are highly skilled and well-experienced in providing the appropriate care for co-occurring disorders.

The Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis\Co-Occurring Disorders

Synergy occurs when parts of a phenomenon interact to create a more forceful energy than each part separately can. Co-occurring disorders can be tragic examples of this. For instance, one’s depression may be manageable and not immediately dangerous, but can ‘combine forces’ with substance use to create psychosis or suicidality.

The synergistic effects of co-occurring disorders can be very specific—depending upon what type of mental health condition is present, how severe it is, what type of substances are used and how they are used. Symptoms of both, amplify and trigger the other, leading to complicated sets of symptoms that are difficult to diagnose and manage. It is not uncommon for psychiatric emergencies to occur when the two disorders are active. Mutual triggering can result in such clinical issues as depression, anxiety, panic, behavioral disorganization, hallucinations, delusions, mania, suicidality, anger, and aggression. Our inpatient center in Sedona focuses on providing alternative treatment options to those struggling with dual diagnosis.

Co-Occurring Disorders Often Undiagnosed and Untreated

Unfortunately, people with co-occurring conditions not only suffer immensely, but encounter profound obstacles when seeking help. For example, their symptoms are often attributed to the wrong cause. Symptoms of addiction can look like other mental health conditions and the reverse is true as well. The result of this ‘symptom masquerade’ is that the true problem goes undiagnosed and untreated. Left unresolved, either ‘partner’ in a set of co-existing conditions will undermine efforts made to manage the other.

You can Recover From Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders

We are very fortunate here at The Sanctuary to have found a holistic, science-based, alternative treatment option to understanding both addiction and mental health problems. We know that the two always go hand in hand and that they must be aggressively addressed at the same time, in the same recovery program, and by the same professional staff. Consequently, we have sealed up many of those clinical cracks that have left so many individuals and their families in despair. We treat the whole person. No matter how many times you have tried before, and no matter how hopeless you feel about your situation or that of a loved one, you need to know that there are cutting edge methods that have become our routine, that you may not have encountered before. There is still hope for your loved ones at Sanctuary’s inpatient dual diagnosis center in Sedona, AZ. Contact our recovery center to learn how we can best help your unique situation.

Many our program participants experienced an arduous and unsuccessful pursuit of recovery before they came to us. Our comprehensive, integrated, and holistic program was exactly what they needed. They left us equipped with a sustainable program for sobriety and mental health. Those experiences, and our ongoing monitoring of applicable new science, have led us to firmly believe that there is always hope for recovery, no matter how much you have become convinced otherwise.

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