Dual Diagnosis Therapy

Dual Diagnosis Therapy is offered throughout as part of our residential addiction treatment program.

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.

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Our Treatment Philosophy

We believe that drugs and alcohol are not the root or cause of addiction ~ There is usually an underlying problem, that if not addressed, will cause success to be short-lived. We know that if we treat the whole person, success can be lifelong. We believe it is imperative to develop a personalized recovery plan for every client and to not take a “cookie-cutter approach.” By combining the best blend of techniques and determining what will be most effective for each individual, we believe our clients will be better positioned to live a healthy, successful life in recovery.

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