About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014.

Co-occurring disorders, sometimes known as dual diagnosis, occur when a person has multiple mental illnesses or substance addictions at the same time. A person with co-occurring disorders may have both depression and schizophrenia, both schizophrenia and alcoholism, or both alcoholism and cocaine addiction, to name only a few examples.

When people are diagnosed with multiple conditions, the conditions often work additively – in other words, one disorder makes the other disorder(s) worse and vise-versa. For this reason, people with co-occurring disorders often need more intensive treatment. Treating one condition while failing to treat the other condition(s) may result in little relief or even worsening symptoms.

At Sovereign, we understand the importance of recognizing and diagnosing co-occurring conditions. We provide our patients with a world-class dual diagnosis program so that all of their needs can be met concurrently.

Do I have a co-occurring disorder?

It’s not always easy to tell when a person is fighting multiple conditions at the same time, since one condition often masks another.

Here are a few examples:

  • A man with depression and alcoholism believes that he only drinks to self-medicate his depression. He suspects that – once his depression is cured – it will be easy to stay sober. Unfortunately, his brain is still hooked on alcohol regardless of his treatment progress, which makes him feel hopeless and even more depressed.
  • A woman is addicted to cocaine and feels like she can’t function without it. It helps her do her chores and stay on top of deadlines. When she gets sober, she realizes that she’s falling behind on her work and starts using again. She does not realize that she was using cocaine to control her adult ADHD.
  • A man is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When the man complains to his doctors about racing thoughts, they assume that his mood stabilizer is too low and up the dosage. Unbeknownst to the doctors, the man is struggling with both bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. His bipolar disorder is over-medicated and his anxiety is under-medicated, making him feel worse than before.

If any of these situations sound familiar to you, you might have a co-occurring disorder. Our expert team performs a thorough assessment on all patients to make sure that none of their disorders are untreated.

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Dual diagnosis at Sovereign

Sovereign Health understands that no two patient share identical needs. For this reason, we offer a wide variety of treatment modalities so that each patient can find the therapy that works best for him or her. We do not neglect any of the patient’s diagnoses with the understanding that leaving a disorder untreated can have dire consequences.

Treatment modalities include:

  • Medical assessment
  • Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Specialized Treatment
  • Individual therapy
  • Process group therapy
  • Stress management groups
  • Art therapy/Music therapy
  • Substance abuse assessment reviewed during biopsychosocial assessment
  • Anger management
  • Family therapy
  • Continuing care program
  • Life skills
  • Men’s issues
  • Stress management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Brain wellness
  • ID triggers
  • Case management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Stages of change
  • Self-esteem and emotions
  • Trauma informed
  • Schema treatment
  • Life skills
  • Narrative treatment
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Navigating relationships (family)
  • Neurofeedback at an additional cost
  • Nutritionally Assisted Detox (NAD) at an additional cost
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at an additional cost
What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

What is Addiction

All treatment modalities are evidence-based, meaning that they have been scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms of mental illness and/or substance addiction. Our expert clinicians use a combination of these methods to make sure each patient receives the highest quality of treatment possible.

We make sure to treat all disorders the patients are diagnosed with. We also provide a thorough physical and psychological assessment prior to admissions to make sure that no disorders have gone unnoticed by previous doctors.

What can I expect from Sovereign?

Each of our residential facilities is designed to be a peaceful “home away from home.” Patients live in a comfortable environment where they do not have to worry about the stresses of everyday life. Some of our facilities are located in gorgeous beach towns, whereas others are surrounded by picturesque mountains. Buildings are filled with modern, comfortable furnishings as well as televisions and the occasional ping-pong table. Weekly outings are a regular occurrence.

People who choose to stay at Sovereign can expect their treatment to last anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Nurses are available on call 24/7.

We understand how difficult it can be to cope with co-occurring disorders. Our clinical staff will be with you every step of the way to make sure that our treatment meets your expectations. For more information about mental health treatment at Sovereign Health, call our 24/7 helpline.


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