Psychiatry: Treating a Dual Diagnosis
An individual is more than their addiction, and treatment is so much more complex than treating just the addiction. This is especially the case if an individual is struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness.
There’s a lot of overlap between addiction and mental illness, with roughly 40 percent of alcoholics and 50 percent of those with a drug addiction having at least one serious mental illness, according to the Journal of American Medical Association. And it works the other way, too: About 50 percent of people with severe mental illness – including depression and bipolar disorder – also suffer from substance abuse or dependence.
Any mental health disorder can co-occur alongside a substance use disorder. The most common types: mood, anxiety, psychotic, eating, personality and behavioral disorders, with each category including numerous types of mental disorders along with varied degrees of severity.
The presence of co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health disorder is known as a dual diagnosis, and effective treatment typically involves a combo of Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) along with behavioral therapy and psychiatric consultations. At Sanitas Recovery Center, we offer MAT for patients who come to us taking Suboxone. Treating both the addiction and the mental illness simultaneously reduces your risk of relapse and increases your chances for lasting sobriety.
More About Psychiatry and Addiction Treatment at Sanitas Recovery Center
If you are struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness, psychiatry will be an important part of your addiction treatment at Sanitas Recovery Center. To learn more about how we can help you develop a recovery plan that includes a strong focus on your mental health, contact us today