Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis is a term used to describe when a person is experiencing both mental health and substance use issues. The ‘co-occurring’ issues are linked and both require treatment if recovery is to be sustainable.

Most commonly in dual diagnosis, a substance issue, like opiate addiction or alcohol dependence, will occur alongside a mental health issue, like depression or anxiety, and may actually be the result of an underlying mental health condition such as PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, or Clinical Depression.

These dual issues are often present together and when they are, one cannot be successfully treated without simultaneous treatment of the other. It is not always clear which came first, however the impact of both issues can be pervasive across the person’s life and can at times feel insurmountable.

At The Bay we provide you with the expert support and tools required to assess, gently uncover and work through the issues that are preventing your wellness, in a compassionate, peaceful, and nurturing environment.

Dual Diagnosis

The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse and mental illness have a long, entwined history. In fact, according to HelpGuide.org, 53% of substance abusers, and 37% of alcohol abusers have at least one serious mental health disorder.

But which of these issues is more likely to occur first?

Often, a mental illness like depression, anxiety disorder, or PTSD, can lead to addiction. In an attempt to feel better the person self-medicates with alcohol or drugs, which can then lead to dependency. In other cases, the alcohol or drug dependency is the primary condition, which over time can lead to depression, anxiety, and in some cases severe emotional and mental health problems. For example, ‘speed’ psychosis is a common result of methamphetamine abuse.

Regardless of the cause, the first step to living a balanced life is to detoxify your system of the addictive substances.

Your Personalised Treatment Plan for Dual Diagnosis

At The Bay, we work with each of our clients as a unique individual. Initially, we assess your primary condition and then gently and compassionately explore any underlying causes or mental health concerns. To do this we create an individualised treatment program that is uniquely yours and based on your personal needs and circumstances.

Upon arrival at The Bay, any withdrawal symptoms will be addressed and respectfully managed during your supported detox program. Your treatment team of doctors, nurses, and therapists will visit with you at your private residence and will be on hand to ensure a safe and comfortable detox.

As the substance leaves your body and your strength increases, you can begin your psychotherapy sessions. This psychotherapy work will take into consideration any underlying mental health issues that may be causing, or caused by, your substance use.

A variety of holistic treatments, like yoga, massage, acupuncture, and meditation, can be introduced as you become ready. These mindfulness modalities enhance your recovery, helping you to learn new ways to manage feelings of anxiety and stress, and to integrate previously overwhelming emotions.

Why is It Important to Recognise a Dual Diagnosis Condition?

The critical importance of a dual diagnosis approach is that it works to heal the whole person – not just the addiction - which is often a symptom of an underlying issue. Until a deeper level of healing is reached, the chance of relapse is greater because the actual root cause of the addiction has not been dealt with. At The Bay, our approach is to shed light on this deeper cause, working with you for a sustainable and long-term recovery program. 

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