Living with a substance use disorder is challenging. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, twenty-three million adults in the U.S. have struggled with problematic drug use at some point in their lives. However, the problem is compounded when people with substance addiction also have a mental health problem. The fact is these two conditions often go together. When this occurs, it’s critical to participate in a dual diagnosis treatment program. At a dual diagnosis treatment program, you can find a pathway to inner healing and freedom from drug addiction.

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A dual diagnosis involves a person who has two conditions occurring simultaneously. In other words, a person is diagnosed with a substance use disorder while at the same time having a mental health condition. Some common mental health conditions that are common with substance use disorder are as follows:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders

The substances commonly abused by those who receive a dual diagnosis include a range of drugs, such as heroin, meth, marijuana, alcohol, or opioids.

How Does a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program Work?

When participating in a dual diagnosis treatment program, therapists will help you get to the root of your problem. There are two reasons why people end up needing a dual diagnosis treatment program. One reason is that people with mental health issues turn to drugs or alcohol to soothe their symptoms because they are not getting treatment for their condition. The other reason is that people who use drugs over time change the chemistry of their brains, and they develop mental health conditions. The causes of dual diagnosis depend on each person’s unique situation.

A dual diagnosis treatment program will work to solve any inner conflicts or past trauma you may have that is contributing to your substance use. Solving mental health and substance use disorders will bring you to the inner peace you need for recovery. Once a person solves the inner trauma and mental health issues, they are much better situated to fight substance use.

Therapies Used in a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Through a dual diagnosis treatment program, you will learn strategies for leading a healthy, substance abuse-free life. Some of the therapies involved in a dual diagnosis treatment program include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapyOur cognitive-behavioral program focuses on several core ideas. The treatments address the flawed and unhelpful thoughts or responses. These are the basis of many psychological problems, such as addiction. Unlike other therapy methods, cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on your current situations. You don’t have to focus on your past. Cognitive-behavioral therapy shows you how to recognize your unhelpful, distorted thoughts that cause problems. In addition, this treatment allows you to understand your behavior and the motivations behind them. Treatment modalities might include encouraging you to face your fears or roleplaying reactions to certain situations. Additionally, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you calm your body and mind when you get stressed.
  • Dialectical behavior therapyDialectical behavior therapy is a treatment option that medical specialists use to treat a myriad of issues, including addiction, depression, PTSD, and other personality disorders. The skills you learn in dialectical behavior therapy help you to tolerate distress and negative emotions. You can also improve your ability to regulate your emotions and be mindful of the moment. Additionally, you learn how to communicate with other people. Additionally, through the dialectical behavior therapy program in Orange County, CA, you learn how to stabilize yourself when things get uncomfortable or stressful. You’re able to ground yourself and maintain your inner peace. According to the principles of dialectical behavior therapy, our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are all interconnected. Therefore, once you learn how to stabilize your emotional and thought processes, you will regulate your actions and stay away from drugs or alcohol.
  • Holistic therapy – Holistic therapy programs complement evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical therapy, individual or group therapy. These programs are non-medical treatments that treat the entire person, meaning the body, mind, and spirit. Furthermore, practicing these treatments brings your total health into balance. These practices include meditation, yoga, energy work, massage, and acupuncture. Some holistic therapy programs may even consist of fitness or nutrition therapy. 
  • Medication-assisted therapy – Medication-assisted treatment uses FDA-approved medications in conjunction with other counseling and behavioral therapies. This treatment option is overseen by a medical doctor who has received the additional necessary training to treat substance use disorder with the assistance of conjunctive medication. Research has shown that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.
  • Vocational development program – When you recover from drug or alcohol addiction, you may find it difficult to re-enter the workforce. You may especially experience this if you encountered legal problems during your addiction. The vocational development program at Renaissance Recovery can help you break down the barriers of employment and get back on track with your career. If you are unemployed after rehab, you are more likely to relapse back into addiction. The stress of finding a job, combined with the downtime you may have, can lead to a wide range of emotional triggers. At Renaissance Recovery, we do more than help you get your foot in the door. We gear our program toward long-term success in both your recovery and your work.

As you learn the tools of inner health, you will find the strategies to combat the outer battles of drug addiction.

Benefits of a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

There are many benefits of a dual diagnosis treatment program, including:

  • Less chance of relapse – By identifying the root causes of substance abuse and emotional suffering, people in recovery can find out exactly why they have an addiction. Then, people in recovery can learn to avoid triggers that would lead them to relapse.
  • Personalized treatment plan – Through the use of a dual diagnosis treatment program, the team at Renaissance Recovery can design a treatment plan that meets the specific needs of the individual.
  • Cost efficiency – A dual diagnosis treatment program can cost less than other kinds of treatment because Renaissance Recovery is a “one-stop-shop” where people can get whatever treatment they need. This prevents being charged for duplication of services from many different treatment programs.

Renaissance Recovery’s Other Treatment Programs

Depending on the exact situation you are facing, you may want to pursue treatment from one or more of the following programs:

  • Partial hospitalization treatment program –  A partial hospitalization treatment program works much differently than a typical residential program. In fact, people don’t live on campus during this program. Instead, they attend counseling and treatment sessions at the rehab center for hours at a time. When they aren’t in treatment, they return to their regular place of residence.
  • Intensive outpatient programThe intensive outpatient rehab center uses a science-based approach to recovery. The center explores the root causes of addiction with a focus on healing the mind and body. As a result, those unable to recover in the past see a higher success rate in an IOP. Renaissance Recovery offers many addiction treatment programs to match your lifestyle and help you transition after residential programs.
  • Outpatient program servicesOutpatient rehab program patients live in a facility in Orange County, CA, where they have some freedom to come and go, but the bulk of their days are spent in treatment sessions. This includes counseling, group therapy, and family therapy. This is for people who have really struggled during rehab and still have not addressed or resolved the core triggers that drove them to addiction. For people who have abused alcohol or substances for a long time or from an early age, outpatient drug rehab is a good choice.
  • Women’s rehab programAccording to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, there’s strong evidence to support addiction treatment programs tailored to women. The women’s rehab program is designed to treat only women. When women undergo treatment in this context, it helps to remove the distractions of men. Thus, allowing patients to feel more comfortable in their women’s rehab program. The program also features specific areas of focus that benefit personal growth and achievement in women.
  • Men’s rehab program – Men will face barriers that can be unique to their gender and require additional attention during the treatment process. In a men’s rehab program, those in treatment share many of the same issues directly related to their addictions. In addition, they share common general life experiences. For example, common factors shared by peers in these types of programs might include experiences as a son, husband, or father.
  • Anxiety and depression treatment – When going through depression, some people turn to a substance to feel better. However, drugs will actually make the condition worse. Drugs may numb the feelings but make it harder to heal internally. Besides, when you use drugs to deal with a mental health disorder, you create a substance use disorder. Seeking help at a depression treatment program is the first step if you are in this position.

Discover Peace of Mind Now at Renaissance Recovery

Find peace at Renaissance Recovery with the help of our professional and compassionate therapists. Our varied approach, including a dual diagnosis treatment plan, provides a broad range of solutions for those struggling with addiction. We use evidence-based methods to guide people through a customized treatment plan.

The Renaissance team is full of caring and kindness, and we treat everyone with respect and fairness. You will be motivated on your journey to seek a brighter, sober future and find the hope you’re looking for at Renaissance Recovery.

Don’t let substance abuse spoil your happiness in life. You can overcome your drug addiction problems by seeking treatment at a dual diagnosis treatment program. Contact us by either calling 866.330.9449 or completing our confidential online form, and we’ll help you every step of the way.