Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Addiction is often not just the result of senseless drug use. In many cases, people have deliberate reasons for turning to drugs and alcohol, and quickly become addicted. In these cases, a co-occurring disorder is present and dual diagnosis treatment becomes necessary.

What is a Co-Occurring Disorder & Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

A co-occurring disorder is when both a mental health disorder and substance abuse issue are present simultaneously, and dual diagnosis treatment is the treatment of these two distinct disorders. This problem usually occurs because people use drugs or alcohol to cope with an underlying mental illness. It has been reported that over 20 million Americans suffer from some sort of mood disorder whether or not they are aware of it.1 Unfortunately, many of these people will turn to drugs and alcohol in order to self-medicate, but the result is often the development of an addiction. If left untreated, there is a vicious cycle of poor mental health and a dangerous addiction. Those suffering from both afflictions should seek out a dual diagnosis program in order to see true progress and move forward.

The Importance of Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Over half of those battling drug abuse suffer from at least one form of mental illness, as well as nearly 40% of all alcoholics. Dual diagnosis treatment ensures that patients not only get help for their addictions, but also for the underlying stressors and disorders that trigger them. The primary goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to empower patients to address their mental disorder without having to turn to drugs and alcohol. Treatments that just focus on the patient’s immediate addiction are setting them up to relapse because they fail to address why they started using in the first place. The result will be the continuation of this dangerous cycle of mental health problems and addiction. The best way to ensure long-term sobriety, as well as mental health progress, is with our dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Palm Beach

At our Florida drug and alcohol rehab, we believe in treating the whole patient. Because co-occurring disorders directly affect and exacerbate one another, it has always been our practice to treat them with equal importance, simultaneously.

One of the more difficult parts of treating these patients is knowing which symptoms belong to what disorder. Before we begin treatment, all of our patients are assessed by a clinical psychiatrist and an ARNP when they arrive. This psychological assessment allows us to create a treatment plan that takes all their problems into account, even mental health problems that they may not have been aware of.

Once the assessment is complete, patients will be placed in the appropriate level of care. The first step of this plan is typically a medical detox to remove that body’s dependence on a substance. Following detox, the dual diagnosis treatment process can begin. This next step involves addressing the secondary issues related to their substance abuse as well as their mental health problems that are contributing to their addiction. We offer expert treatment for people with various mental health illnesses including common mood disorders like depression and anxiety. In order to do this effectively, our customized Florida dual diagnosis treatment incorporates innovative specialized therapies and expert care from dedicated professionals who are specially trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders and rehabilitation.

During dual diagnosis rehab, some of the treatment therapies our co-occurring patients will undergo include:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • 12-Steps
  • Light and Sound Neurotherapy (LSN)
  • Neurofeedback
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Meditation

Medication may also be administered during anxiety and depression treatment to help patients manage their symptoms.

infographic explaining what Florida Dual Diagnosis Treatment is and how it is used to treat patients suffering from both addiction and mental health problems at the same time

How to Get Addiction and Mental Health Help

At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we strongly believe that in order for patients to experience lasting recovery, they must be treated for the mental illness that has contributed to substance abuse. Because of this, our Florida dual diagnosis treatment programs help our patients attack all aspects of their addiction and heal the destruction that it has left behind. It is the goal of our addiction and mental health treatment in Palm Beach to give our patients the tools they need to create better futures. Call 24/7 Toll-Free at (888) 432-2467.


1. National Institute of Mental Health – Any Mood Disorder