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10-24-12 Category: Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health

Explaining Dual Diagnosis To Friends and Family

When you work at a dual diagnosis center, sometimes you forget how to explain the most basic aspects of treatment to someone who is not in the industry.   This article from the National Mental Health Association puts it most plainly: http://www.nmha.org/go/information/get-info/co-occurring-disorders/dual-diagnosis

“A person who has [dual diagnosis] has both an alcohol or drug problem and an emotional / psychiatric problem. . .”

The important thing is that these co-ocurring problems sometimes produce compounded effects in the individual who struggles with addiction overlapping  mental health issue / issues.  One contributes to the other.  For example, someone who suffers from manic depression may on the surface just appear to like to drink.  Heavily.  Everyday.  They identify themselves as an alcoholic and enter rehab for substance abuse.  But if on a bio-chemical level, they struggle to maintain the basic equilibrium necessary for the pursuit of life, love, and happiness. . .that problem needs to be addressed alongside whatever detox their body might need.  Dual Diagnosis centers are subsequently the places most able to correctly assess the conditions at work in a patient.  A Dual Diagnosis rehab might be the only way to change that person’s life.

Dual Diagnosis Explanation

And if it turns out after a thorough assessment that you, your child, spouse, or loved one does not need dual diagnosis therapy, then you can proceed with peace of mind, knowing that professionally the possibility has been addressed.

About.com has another reader-friendly interesting article about the subject.  It cites some interesting figures, such as:

“At least 50 percent of the 2 million Americans with severe mental illness abuse illicit drugs or alcohol, compared to 15 percent of the general population, according to the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration.”

It really gives you food for thought.  Who have you had figured for a drug addict / alcoholic that might actually be someone with a more complicated problem?  I really like succinct point the article makes that “A substance abuse problem can mimic, mask, or aggravate various mental health disorders.”  Click here for the rest of the article. http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/dual/a/aa981209.htm

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