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What to Expect in Dual Diagnosis

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Dual diagnosis treatment is a leading approach to mental health treatment and addiction recovery because it works. Unfortunately, many people in the LGBTQ community don’t seek treatment for substance misuse or mental health problems. This is understandable. A lack of safe resources and treatment centers leaves many people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. While self-medicating can provide temporary relief, it can worsen mental health disorders and increase the risk of addiction. A dual-diagnosis treatment program is the safest, most effective way to recover holistically.

To learn what to expect from dual diagnosis treatment in Southern California, our team can help. Our Hollywood, California, dual diagnosis treatment center for the LGBTQ community provides cutting-edge mental health and addiction care. You can call us at888.903.9898 to learn about what to expect in dual diagnosis treatment.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Most people with addiction also struggle with mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, and ADHD. When someone lives with addiction and mental health disorders, they have co-occurring disorders. Signs of co-occurring disorders include:

  • Self-isolation
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Depression
  • Constant fear
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Issues with food like excessive binging, fasting or purging
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble asking for help
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Risk-taking
  • Secretive behavior
  • Obsessing over the past or future
  • Obsessive routines that interfere with daily life
  • Difficulty managing day-to-day life
  • Trouble asking for help

These are only a few signs someone may struggle with a co-occurring disorder. Traditionally addiction and mental health are treated separately. In reality, mental health and addiction are reliant on one another. The LGBTQ community is disproportionally affected by addiction, mental health disorders, and unprocessed trauma. Dual diagnosis programs use holistic treatment to help clients uncover the root cause of substance abuse and addiction. By treating trauma or mental health disorders, addiction symptoms often lessen and even disappear.

Dual Diagnosis Expectations

Managing dual diagnosis expectations is essential for a successful recovery. Dual diagnosis is a safe and effective approach to holistic healing. Treatment will begin with a mental health assessment by a clinical therapist. A therapist can help unpack symptoms and get to the root cause of a mental health disorder, addiction, and unprocessed trauma. After diagnosis, a therapist will begin treatment. Sometimes, treatment includes medication. Behavioral therapists like CBT and DBT are the most common evidence-based therapies used to help both mental health and addiction recovery. These treatments help clients understand and manage emotions, change harmful thought patterns, and change their behavior at a pace that works for them.

Many will begin detox and medical evaluation to safely and effectively get a substance out of their system. As someone detoxes, mental health symptoms may get worse before they improve. Clinicians can help reduce symptoms with medication, nutrition adjustments, and therapy. Group therapy, alternative therapy, and family therapy are common resources to help people understand their mental health and create lasting change to support mental well-being and sobriety.

Start LGBTQ Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Thrive

Dual diagnosis is the popular approach to recovery because it works. Addiction doesn’t exist in a bubble. Belief systems, life experiences, thought patterns, and mental health is all connected to substance abuse and addiction. Unfortunately, undiagnosed mood disorders are common. They also increase the rate of addiction when someone self-medicates. At La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, we put dual diagnosis at the forefront of cutting-edge treatment for the LGBTQ community. Our programs treat:

  • Opioid abuse
  • Meth addiction
  • Other prescription drug addictions
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Party drug abuse
  • Heroin addiction

With evidence-based and alternative therapies, our IOP, PHP, and residential treatment programs are here to help you or someone you love recovers.

Discover Dual Diagnosis at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center

Are you looking for dual diagnosis treatment for the LGBTQ community? You can contact us now at 888.903.9898 to learn about dual-diagnosis expectations and our treatment plans.

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