Tennessee Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Years ago, people who were battling alcoholism and substance abuse issues were not always aware of other underlying mental illness conditions. At the same time, doctors and trained rehabilitation specialists did not understand the unique and complicated relationship between mental illness and addiction. This meant that a lot of people were not able to get the help that they truly needed in order to achieve permanent sobriety. Today, dual diagnosis rehab centers have been created in order to provide specialized treatment for patients who are battling both mental illness and addiction at the same time. Dual diagnosis rehab centers offer patients medical treatment for mental illness and addiction, as well as psychiatric care designed to help patients understand the complex relationship between the two conditions.

Mental Illness In Tennessee

In Tennessee, medical professionals, researchers and government officials are starting to realize that there is a real connection between mental illness, depression and addiction. As addiction rates are on the rise, it is noted that depression rates in Tennessee are among the highest in the country. More than 9 percent of people in the state suffer from clinical depression, and more than 9 percent of adult residents have experienced extreme psychological distress. Even those who are not clinically depressed or battling psychological trauma may be at risk for addiction given the fact that Tennessee residents reported having more than 3.7 mentally unhealthy days each month.

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The Relationship Between Addiction And Mental Illness

The relationship between addiction and mental illness is quite complicated, and recent data is only starting to unveil the connection between the two. For some people, mental illness leads them to addiction as a result of self-medicating. For others, mental illness symptoms arise after substance abuse becomes an issue. In addition, excessive alcohol and drug use, especially to prescription drugs can increase the severity of mental illness symptoms. People who are battling mental illness and addiction at the same time may have a more difficult time becoming sober, but dual diagnosis centers are increasing in prevalence and popularity because they are designed specifically to address both issues.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis centers will help diagnose and treat people who are dealing with mental illness and addiction. In many cases, this requires the help of medical doctors as well as psychologists and psychiatrists who can help patients work through their symptoms and experiences. At the same time, medication is used to help people deal with withdrawal, and therapy sessions are available specifically related to drug and alcohol abuse. Dual diagnosis centers may offer outpatient treatment or residential treatment programs where patients can stay for 30, 60, or 90 days at a time. Patients who have previously been unsuccessful at traditional rehab centers may find that dual diagnosis rehab centers offer them all of the services they need in order to achieve sobriety and control the symptoms of mental illness.

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