New Jersey Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Many individuals who suffer from addiction also have a mental health disorder that they may or may not be aware of. When it comes to seeking treatment for addiction, it is also important to find a program that works to treat mental illness as well. New Jersey has a variety of dual diagnosis rehabs to help individuals treat all aspects of addiction and get on the path to recovery.

New Jersey has similar rates of mental health problems to other states in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the state’s public health officials working to increase access to mental health treatment services, problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and severe mental illness are a significant cause of disability and impairment. Across the New Jersey population, residents reported an average of 3.3 mentally unhealthy days per month, reflecting the fact that mental health problems interfere with their daily lives more than 10 percent of the time.

Prevalence of Mental Health Problems

Nationwide, mental health issues continue to be an enormous burden to individuals as well as their larger communities. Approximately 9 percent of Americans suffer from major depressive disorder at any given time, and that number is closer to 20 percent for women who recently gave birth. Depression is characterized by low mood, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, fatigue, weight gain or loss, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to go to work, care for children, and experience pleasure from everyday life. Anxiety disorders are found among 14 percent of the population, indicating that millions of people also suffer from chronic worry, physical symptoms such as racing heart or weakness, and difficulty controlling their symptoms.

In addition to more common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, millions of Americans also suffer from serious mental health problems. Conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder affect approximately 2 percent of the population but cause enormous difficulties for the individual and his or her family.

What Does “Dual Diagnosis” Mean?

There is a reciprocal relationship between drug or alcohol abuse and mental health problems. That is, individuals who use drugs or alcohol are more likely than the general population to report problems with depression, anxiety, and other mental illness. Additionally, people struggling with mental health issues are at increased risk of abusing drugs or alcohol. For example, a 2002 study found that beginning drug and alcohol use during the teenage years significantly increased risk of depressive disorder later in life.

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A “dual diagnosis” simply refers to a situation in which a person has a drug or alcohol problem as well as a co-occurring mental health problem. Dual diagnosis situations are very common, affecting 8.9 million people across the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For substance abuse professionals, careful assessment of other mental health problems is essential to ensure strong treatment outcomes. Treating either problem alone is less effective than an integrated approach in which substance abuse and mental health issues are addressed simultaneously during treatment.

Cities In New Jersey With Dual Diagnosis Centers

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