Idaho Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Mental health problems are highly prevalent in Idaho. For individuals suffering from drug abuse and addiction, co-occurring mental health problems are even more common. Idaho offers treatment that specially targets drug addiction and other psychological problems to effectively treat individuals struggling with a dual diagnosis.

Prevalence Of Mental Health Problems In The State of Idaho

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 percent of American adults report suffering from a mental illness (including substance abuse) in the past year. Nearly 9 percent of the general population suffers from major depression in the country, while in Idaho, nearly 8 percent of adults have reported being in a current state of depression. The average adult in Idaho suffers around 3 mentally unhealthy days per month, leaving 18 percent of adult Idaho residents with a diagnosis of depression at some point in their lifetime.

Anxiety is another common mental health problem, with surveys suggesting that 11 to 12 percent of the general population meets medical criteria for an anxiety disorder at some point in life. Anxiety disorder affects 11.6 percent of the Idaho population today. Although depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems, other conditions such as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or schizophrenia are also major contributors to health.

What Does “Dual Diagnosis” Mean?

For many people struggling with drug addiction, substance use is not their only problem. Mental health problems such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or PTSD occur at higher rates among people who abuse drugs or alcohol. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that 42.8 percent of individuals with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health condition. For treatment providers, these so-called “dual diagnosis” situations require unique attention and careful intervention.

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In general, focusing solely on drug use in dual diagnosis situations is not an effective strategy. For example, consider someone who has been feeling depressed nearly every day and has withdrawn significantly from family and friends. This person may have increased his substance use to deal with the pain of depression, decreasing his motivation to stop drinking heavily. Similarly, treating the depression alone ignores the complexity of the person’s difficulties with alcohol and may not lead to strong outcomes. In general, a person with dual diagnosis has a worse prognosis that somebody dealing with substance abuse but no other mental health conditions.

Mental health professionals commonly encounter individuals with dual diagnoses and believe that the most effective method of treatment is to work simultaneously to encourage healthier behaviors regarding drug or alcohol use while addressing ongoing mental health problems. Typically, this begins with a detoxification period that allows a person to stop using drugs or alcohol and rid their body of the substance(s) in a medically supervised setting. Then, mental health professionals work collaboratively with the patient to create a treatment plan that addresses drug cravings, psychosocial factors such as increasing social support, and working on mood or anxiety problems that may be interfering with the person’s life. The treatment of mental illness tends to be more effective for individuals who have successfully undergone detox, allowing them to fully participate in the treatment processes.

Cities In Idaho With Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

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