Substance Abuse with Dual-Diagnosis
Substance abuse is a mental illness.
So, when substance abuse programs talk about co-occurring disorders, what do they actually mean?
Dual-diagnosis, or “comorbidity,” refers to the presence of two or more illnesses within one person. The most prevalent disorders that co-occur with substance abuse are depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
It is also not unusual for those who experience chemical dependency to have an eating disorder diagnosis. Both substance abuse and eating disorders involve engaging in harmful, high-risk, and habit-forming behaviors, self-medication, and can involve weight control.
Addiction with dual-diagnosis is extremely common. In an article for WebMD, Colette Bouchez writes:
“Doctors say they are increasingly seeing patients from all walks of life who suffer from a combination of substance abuse and mental health problems. Experts estimate that at least 60% of people battling one of these conditions are battling both.”
Which comes first? Addiction or mental illness? The answer is not always clear. While abuse of drugs and alcohol can cause an individual to develop another disorder, those with diagnosed illnesses are more likely to turn to substances. Some individuals may experience anxiety or mood changes as withdrawal symptoms during detox. Medically-assisted detox can help to ease these symptoms.
Tranquil & Quest
Tranquil & Quest offers Ambulatory Detoxification to adults struggling with chemical dependency to drugs and alcohol. We provide safe, medicated detox in an encouraging and judgment-free environment. Upon admission, all of our clients are evaluated by a psychiatrist who is able to determine any co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
While in our program, clients will participate in groups and meet with an individual therapist in order to address and treat their addiction as well these disorders. Our staff works with clients to develop an individualized, aftercare plan upon discharge.