Arizona Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Substance abuse and mental illness can intensify one another. When you suffer from both of these conditions, recovery can be challenging. Fortunately, some rehabilitation facilities in Arizona recognize the connection between these two issues and treat them simultaneously. These facilities are referred to as “Dual Diagnosis” rehab centers.

Mental Illness in Arizona

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 9 percent of people in the state of Arizona suffer from serious psychological distress. In addition, 18 percent of surveyed people over the age of 18 in Arizona have been diagnosed with depression at some point during their lives, and 13 percent of surveyed people over age 18 had been diagnosed with anxiety at some time during their lives. Furthermore, over 60 percent of all nursing home residents have been diagnosed with some type of mental illness.

Connecting Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Drugs and mental illness have a complicated relationship, and many people are plagued by both conditions at the same time. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this relationship exists because abused substances often act as self-medication for people suffering from untreated mental illnesses. Unfortunately, these substances can also make the symptoms of mental illness worse.

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Programs

When someone suffers from both mental illness and substance abuse, it is referred to as dual diagnosis, and developing an effective treatment plan for either condition is much more difficult. NAMI reports that people who are actively involved in substance abuse are less dedicated to their treatment plans and tend to miss doctor’s appointments and neglect medication. This leads to a greater risk of complications, such as violence, medical problems and even suicide.

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While traditional rehab programs focus only on addiction, Dual Diagnosis rehab programs treat both substance abuse and mental illness at the same time. These programs help the patient deal with the detoxification process both mentally and physically, and they support the patient as he or she works toward sobriety and mental health. Because the program addresses all aspects of a patient’s condition, treatment is more likely to be successful.

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