Dual Diagnosis, otherwise known as Co-Occurring Disorders, is the term used to describe a situation when an individual struggling with a substance abuse disorder also has a mental illness. At Opus, we use dual diagnosis treatment to help you treat your mental health disorder without the use of dangerous substances.
The term Dual Diagnosis can pertain to a broad spectrum of mental illnesses and addictions. Whether the addiction or mental illness becomes present first, the two can often be seen hand-in-hand. Substance misuse can, in fact, worsen mental disorders. Additionally, some people who experience mild to severe mental illnesses can turn to drugs or alcohol in attempts to cope– hence, a vicious cycle can begin.
No two mental illnesses are exactly alike, just as no addiction looks the same for every addict. Treatment for Dual Diagnosis is individualized for the patient and his specific history, condition, and psychiatric needs.
We take serious consideration and care when working with patients to meet the best possible treatment modalities for their recovery.
Co-occurring disorders are taken seriously. We work with all Dual Diagnosis patients to the best of our ability, at their own pace. Different diagnoses can require the following treatments: