The cycle of addiction is tough to break – especially when an individual is suffering from an underlying psychological disorder like bipolar disorder as well. When we encounter co-occurring conditions such as these, we offer that individual a dual diagnosis.
Dual diagnosis occurs when clients are suffering from an underlying mental health condition as well as addiction. Unfortunately, this condition is much more prevalent among clients than one may think. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction are twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders.
These concurrent mental conditions can sometimes escalate the severity of addiction as many people turn to drugs, alcohol, and other compulsive behaviors to mitigate their symptoms. However, rather than providing lasting relief, these behaviors only complicate the situation, leading to increased risk of relapse. Our long-term recovery treatment programs include a relapse prevention plan for people struggling with a chronic relapse disorder.
Fortunately, with proper diagnosis, co-occurring disorders and chronic relapse disorder can be treated. When admitted into HARP, each of our clients speaks with one of our highly experienced therapists about their symptoms and background in order for us to diagnose the issue correctly and develop a customized treatment plan that will speak to each patient’s needs. This allows us to tackle the co-occurring condition from the start.
With over a century of experience in dual-diagnosis and chronic relapse, our team of psychiatrists, doctors, and clinicians understand how to treat complex cases such as these.