Alabama Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Many individuals who struggle with both a mental health disorder and addiction may have difficulties finding a successful path to recovery. Fortunately, there are several dual-diagnosis treatment programs that specialize in treating addiction and mental health disorders together to ensure that everyone gets the help that they need.

Mental illness is a major health problem in Alabama and throughout the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a 2006 survey found that approximately 14 percent of adults in the Yellowhammer State had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, and more than 17 percent had been diagnosed with depression.

Anyone can be quietly coping with a mental health disorder – some without knowing it. Though researchers have not yet determined the exact causes of mental illness, it is clear that certain population groups are more likely to develop mental health problems than others. For example, more than 18 percent of nursing home residents ages 65 to 74 have a primary diagnosis of mental illness.

Another population group at high risk for mental illness is postpartum women. According to the American Psychological Association, as many as 1 in 6 women will experience postpartum depression in their lifetimes.

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Existing Together

Unfortunately, mental health disorders can have serious long term effects. In addition to severe cognitive, social, and emotional consequences, mental illness often puts individuals at risk for developing co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 3 people with a mental health disorder are also abusing drugs or alcohol.

When people with mental illness abuse alcohol or drugs, such as opiates, marijuana, or cocaine, they are said to have a ‘dual diagnosis’ of mental health and substance abuse disorders.

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There is a complex relationship between substance abuse and mental illness. Individually, treatment is necessary in order for patients to learn how to manage the disorders on a day-to-day basis; but the two disorders together require more complex treatment than they would alone.

Initially, treatment must address any potentially life-threatening complications of substance abuse or mental illness. Then, patients should seek treatment from a rehab center specializing in dual diagnosis treatment.

Cities In Alabama With Dual Diagnosis Rehab Programs

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