Illinois Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Many residents in Illinois may find themselves struggling with a co-occurring disorder. This happens when an individual is addicted to harmful substances while also having an underlying mental health disorder that they may not be aware of. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of dual-diagnosis programs available to ensure everyone gets the help they need.

Illinois is home to more than 12.9 million residents, and close to 421,000 of these adult residents are living with a serious mental health condition. For example, in Illinois, 4,879 adults aged 18 and older (8.4 percent) are currently depressed. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 5,043 adults aged 18 or older are under serious psychological distress. Mental health concerns are not limited to depression or anxiety and can affect adults of all ages, including those living in nursing homes.

Nationwide, 18.7 percent of individuals living in nursing homes aged 65 to 74 years and 23.5 percent of those aged 85 years or older are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, Illinois’s public mental health system only provides service to 19 percent of adults with serious mental illness, which means that thousands of individuals are not receiving the treatment that they need.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Illinois Addresses Mental Illness & Addiction

Individuals with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are at increased risk for substance use and abuse. According to recent research from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, close to 8.4 million adults in the United States have both a mental and substance use disorder.

Individuals with severe mental illness are four times more likely to abuse alcohol and nearly five times more likely to use other drugs like heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs at least ten times in their lives. These findings suggest that the rates of substance use in people with severe mental illness may have previously been underestimated.

Drug use impacts many of the same brain circuits that are affected by mental disorders. Individuals who are mentally ill and abuse drugs or alcohol are considered to have co-occurring disorders. Diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders can be very complicated. Individuals who are mentally ill and abuse drugs and alcohol are often in denial about their condition. Additionally, it can be difficult to differentiate the symptoms of mental illness from the symptoms of abuse.

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Worse, abusing drugs and alcohol in conjunction with certain prescription medications, such as anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, can worsen mental health problems and lead to other health concerns. Consequently, it is important to work with a dual diagnosis treatment center to effectively address both addiction and mental health disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment specialists are trained to treat mental illness and also help individuals take the first steps towards long-term sobriety.

Cities With Dual Diagnosis Programs In Illinois

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