Massachusetts Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers
Many Massachusetts residents struggle with mental illness combined with a substance use disorder. In order to treat addiction effectively in individuals with a dual-diagnosis, these rehab facilities focus on all aspects of addiction to heal a person both physically and mentally.
Massachusetts is home to approximately 6.5 million residents and close to 211,000 of these individuals are adults living with serious mental health conditions, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). However, Massachusetts’s public mental health system provides services to only 41 percent of adults who live with serious mental illnesses in the state. Many residents rely on the state for needed care, and unfortunately, they do not receive the assistance that they need.
In Massachusetts, 5,835 adults aged 18 and older (7.1 percent) are currently depressed, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. An estimated 4,738 adults aged 18 or older (3.3 percent) are under serious psychological distress, 6,326 adults aged 18 or older (15.3 percent) have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lifetime, and 6,289 adults aged 18 or older (13.9 percent) have been diagnosed with anxiety at some point in their lifetime.
Mental illness is not limited to depression or anxiety. 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. Mental illness affects individuals of all ages and walks of life.
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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Addresses Mental Illness & Addiction
Individuals with mental illness are at increased risk for substance abuse. Individuals with severe mental illness are four times more likely to abuse alcohol and nearly five times more likely to use other drugs at least ten times in their lives. 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. Drug and alcohol abuse impacts many of the same brain circuits associated with mental health disorders.
Consequently, individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol – and are also mentally ill – require treatment for both their mental illness and addiction. Treating one condition without addressing the other only sets individuals up for relapse or additional health problems. Additionally, abusing drugs or alcohol in conjunction with certain prescription medications, such as anti-depressants, can lead to serious complications.
Individuals who are diagnosed with mental illness and addiction are considered to have a “co-occurring” disorder. Co-occurring disorders require dual diagnosis treatment. Addiction specialists and mental health experts at a dual diagnosis treatment center provide treatment for both the mental illness as well as substance abuse.