In the past, medical experts have treated mental health and addiction as separate issues. However, today, experts agree that these two problems are inseparably linked. Therefore, if you suffer from both a substance abuse issue and a psychological disorder, it is imperative that you seek dual diagnosis treatment. At both AspenRidge Lakewood and AspenRidge Fort Collins, we offer excellent dual diagnosis treatment programs in Colorado. To learn more about dual diagnosis treatment, contact us today.
What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Our dual diagnosis treatment center in Colorado offers a treatment program where our licensed clinicians treat both your mental illness and substance abuse simultaneously. This treatment is vital for many people in recovery. According to research from SAMHSA, 9.2 million American adults struggled with a mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2018.
Why do these issues so often coincide? The cause differs from person to person. Some people use substances to help regulate their mental illness. For example, a person who uses benzodiazepines such as Xanax to control their anxiety can quickly end up addicted to the medication.
Alternatively, some substances cause mental illnesses. For instance, amphetamine abuse can lead to amphetamine-induced bipolar disorder, depression, or amphetamine-induced psychotic disorder. Moreover, substance abuse can increase your mental illness symptoms. In some cases, addiction can cause additional marks of mental illness to appear.
Common Dual Diagnosis Symptoms
Common dual diagnosis symptoms include:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Using substances under dangerous conditions
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of control over use of substances
- Developing a high tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
- Feeling like one needs a drug to be able to function
The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Because mental illness can make you more exposed to addictions and vice versa, dual diagnosis treatment becomes critical. Without addressing both of these issues, you run the risk of relapse for the treated problem.
In other words, if you just get treatment for your addiction, your mental health symptoms come back full force. Without a way to cope with these problems, you may return to drinking or using drugs. On the other hand, if you leave the addiction untreated, continuing to use the substance can cause your mental illness to get worse, or add another diagnosis to the mix.
However, when you get dual diagnosis treatment, we can identify the cause of your substance abuse and mental suffering. Moreover, you understand the obstacles that these disorders cause to the healing process and how to overcome them. At AspenRidge, we offer a range of therapies that we can use to help you overcome your mental disorder and addiction. For example, we offer:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Life skills training
- Trauma therapy
- Neurofeedback therapy
Get Treatment at AspenRidge
At AspenRidge Lakewood and AspenRidge Fort Collins, we know that there are many addictions around the country today. Each of these substances can affect each person in different ways. Therefore, each person requires a different approach to treatment.
For example, a person can detox from alcohol within a few days. However, detox from Xanax can be dangerous if you quit cold turkey, so many experts recommend easing yourself off of the drug. Therefore, you must seek out an addiction treatment program that can evaluate where you’re at and help you choose the right treatment option.
At AspenRidge, we pride ourselves in making sure that you safely break through your addiction. Then, we can focus on helping you stay free of your substance at our dual diagnosis treatment center in Colorado. We offer many addiction treatment programs, including:
- Cocaine addiction treatment
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Prescription drug addiction treatment
- Marijuana addiction treatment
- And More
To learn more about our substance abuse treatment programs, or to enroll in our dual diagnosis treatment programs in Colorado, contact us today at 855.537.7664.