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Rhode Island Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Drug addiction is not purely physical. When people become dependent on drugs, there is almost always a psychological or mental component to their drug use. While detoxification can eliminate drugs from a person’s system–removing the physical addiction from the equation–detox alone is not enough to stop a person from using again.

For long-term success, rehabilitation must treat the underlying mental illnesses that cause many addicts to start abusing drugs or alcohol in the first place. Dual diagnosis programs provide counseling to treat patients’ mental health issues along with their addictions, ensuring they leave with the tools they need to continue on a substance-free path.

Rates of Mental Illness in Rhode Island

In a CBS news report on the saddest states in the U.S., Rhode Island was given the unfortunate distinction as the most depressed state in the nation. Depression is not the only mental health disorder that leads individuals to abuse drugs and alcohol, though, and a breakdown of the state’s combined mental illness by the CDC shows these rates:

  • Serious psychological distress: 4.7 percent (2007)
  • Postpartum depression/depressive symptoms: 13.9 percent (2008)
  • Current depression: 8.6 percent (2006)
  • Adults who received a diagnosis of depression in their lifetime: 16.8 percent (2006). The diagnosis of depression in women is nearly twice the diagnosis rates of depression in men at 20.7 percent to men’s 11.2 percent. Rates are highest among Caucasians at 17.3 percent, while African Americans come in at 12.3 percent and Hispanics at 12.8 percent.
  • Adults who received diagnosis of anxiety in their lifetime: 13.2 percent (2006)

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