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Understanding a Dual Diagnosis

Understanding a Dual Diagnosis

Over eight million Americans suffer from a dual diagnosis, which refers to having a substance abuse disorder alongside a mental health disorder. Obtaining this diagnosis is always a great step, as it means you can start getting the help you need. 

At Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii, we are proud to offer therapy in addition to drug and alcohol addiction treatments to support you on your journey. Here is what to expect if you receive a dual diagnosis.

Likelihood of dual diagnosis

If you think you might suffer from a dual diagnosis, you should know that there's no shame in this. Many people receive this diagnosis due to the complex relationship between substance abuse and mental health. 

Every dual diagnosis is slightly different because of the many different types of substance abuse and mental health disorders and their possible combinations. Certain mental health disorders might make you more susceptible to a dual diagnosis, however, than others. Some of these include:

A mental health disorder might increase your risk of substance abuse. For others, addiction to a certain drug might trigger a mental health episode. Some people can suffer from a mental health disorder and try to self-medicate, making both problems worse. 

Importance of dual diagnoses

If you have a singular diagnosis and you think you might suffer from a dual diagnosis, it is of utmost importance that you get evaluated. Without doing so, you may only get treated for your mental health disorder or your problems with substance abuse. If you only receive treatment for one while you suffer from both, your treatment is likely to be unsuccessful. 

Failed treatment of mental health and substance abuse can lead to relapses and both problems worsening. If you have a singular diagnosis and you think this should be a dual diagnosis, don’t hesitate to come to us for help to receive the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. 

Treatment

With a dual diagnosis, treatment is dependent on your mental health disorder and what type of substance addiction you have. You should always receive treatment for substance abuse and your mental health simultaneously. 

For mental health disorders, you can normally expect to receive a combination of therapy and medication. For your substance abuse issues, we offer detoxing services, residency in our clinic, and more. We provide you with an individualized plan, as every dual diagnosis will look a little bit different.  

To get help with your dual diagnosis, call Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. at 808-400-5004 to book an appointment today. You can also book online or use our online contact form to request more information for yourself or a loved one. 

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