Dual Diagnosis Therapy
For many people that come to Tranquility Woods for addiction recovery, it is not uncommon that they also suffer from a mental health disorder. In this case, the individual has a co-occurring disorder, also known as a dual diagnosis. This means that a substance abuse addiction occurs simultaneously with mental health issues. Our professionals ensure that each individual is properly assessed for signs of mental health disorders. The two problems are so intimately connected that they require very deliberate and specific care to address each of the issues simultaneously.
Treating Dual Disorders
In order to treat dual disorders successfully, the identified disorders must be treated together. However, the mental disorder is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of substance abuse can mask symptoms of mental illness. For example, substance abuse can result in mood swings or angry outbursts, but these may stem from bipolar disorder. Another example is that poor performance at work or school is blamed on substance abuse, but the underlying cause is a social phobia or anxiety. On the other hand, symptoms of mental illness can appear to be symptoms of addiction. For example, symptoms of schizophrenia such as hallucinations, delusions, and confusing thoughts can be confused with symptoms of drug use. Therefore, it is essential that every client be thoroughly screened by a very experienced licensed mental health professional.