Dual Diagnosis Programs in Tennessee
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, our team has the experience and knowledge to understand that oftentimes, drug and alcohol addiction are intertwined with mental illness. In fact, 1 in 4 adults with a mental illness also have a substance abuse disorder, and some studies show that as many as half of all individuals with drug or alcohol addictions also have a mental disorder of some kind. There are many reasons for this, and because the two are so closely tied together, it’s challenging to treat one issue without treating the other. That is why our facility offers comprehensive mental health treatment in addition to our alcohol and drug addiction programs.
We’re pleased to offer a variety of specialized treatment plans that consist of therapies, brain mapping, and more, so whether you’re coping with depression, anxiety, or some other mental disorder, you can trust us to provide options and meet you where you’re at in your journey. Recovery is about so much more than getting sober – it’s also about treating all aspects of your health and coping with your addiction and mental health in productive and safe ways.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
When an individual is struggling with both a substance use disorder and mental illness, they have co-occurring disorders, or a dual diagnosis. These disorders must be treated at the same time in order to increase the chances of having a successful recovery, and fortunately, many recovery centers today recognize the importance of dual diagnosis treatment.
There are various ways a dual diagnosis can develop. For example, an individual already struggling with mental illness may use drugs to self-medicate and cope with their suffering, only to develop a drug addiction. Others develop mental disorders as a result of prolonged drug or alcohol abuse. In either case, it’s important to know that both mental illness and alcohol and drug addiction exacerbate one another.
There are many types of mental disorders that affect each individual differently, but some common examples associated with addiction issues include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Trauma that occurs in childhood and/or adulthood
Factors That Increase the Risk of Dual Diagnosis
In 2017 alone, around 8.5 million people were reported to have had co-occurring disorders in the United States. Though anyone can be at risk of living with a dual diagnosis, research has shown that there are several common factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing both a substance use disorder and a mental illness.
These risk factors include:
- Family history of addiction or mental illness: People who have family members struggling or who have struggled with addiction or mental illness are much more likely to develop the same issues. Genetics play a major role in the development of mental disorders as well as addiction, and individuals who are exposed to drug or alcohol at a young age are more likely to develop addiction problems in their youth and as they age.
- Childhood trauma: Many people struggle with their mental health after seeing or experiencing traumatic events in their youth, or after experiencing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. These individuals are also more likely to drink or abuse drugs to cope with their underlying trauma and repress their bad memories.
Knowing When you or a Loved One Need Help
It’s often challenging for people to know whether they or a family member or friend are suffering from co-occurring disorders, as the symptoms of mental illness are often confused with those of drug or alcohol addiction. However, there are behavioral, physical, and cognitive symptoms of dual diagnosis to be aware of.
Someone exhibiting the following symptoms may be suffering from more than one disorder:
- Social withdrawal, such as canceling plans and spending less time with friends and family
- Weight or appetite changes
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Turning to alcohol and drugs when they’re sad or angry
- Associating with individuals who use drugs or alcohol
- Paranoia or panic
- Inability to concentrate
- Dramatic mood swings
- Hostility or aggression towards others
- Self-hatred and suicidal ideation
- Extended periods of profound sadness
- Blackouts or loss of consciousness
It can be challenging to ask for professional help for your co-occurring disorders. Statistics show that over 50 percent of those in need of treatment for their dual diagnosis fail to receive it. However, the sooner you call our center, the sooner you can feel safe and surrounded by a team of people who care about your health and well-being. We strive to help our residents build meaningful lives and manage their disorders in an empowering way.
Call (423) 226-5331 to receive compassionate, confidential help for your dual diagnosis. Our Chattanooga mental health treatment programs can be adjusted to fit all your individual needs.