Virginia Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers

Many people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol have an underlying mental health disorder that they may or may not be aware of. For these individuals, a dual diagnosis program may be their best treatment option as these programs focus on all aspects of addiction including mental health.

Mental illness and substance abuse disorders are complex diseases, each of which requires professional intervention independently of one another. But many people who have one disorder are also coping with the other. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 3 people with mental illness are also abusing drugs.

Mental illness can span short-term postpartum depression to major psychological distress. According to the Centers for Disease Control, these are relatively common conditions in Virginia. More than 4,600 said they were depressed in 2006 compared to the 15 percent of all Virginians who have received a diagnosis of depression at some point in the lifetimes. Many of them were postpartum women. The CDC reports that as many as 10 percent of all postpartum women in the U.S. show signs of depression after pregnancy.

There are many other mental health disorders besides depression that trigger people to self-medicate and begin abusing drugs or alcohol. Anxiety, for example, is very common in Virginia. Approximately 10 percent of the population has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes these conditions can be very serious, resulting in serious psychological distress. In fact, more than 3 percent of Virginia’s population is under serious psychological distress at any given time.

Getting Treatment For Dual Diagnosis

People who have mental health disorders – whether diagnosed or not – are at an elevated risk for developing a substance abuse disorder. On the other hand, people with existing substance abuse disorders may find that they first experience symptoms of a mental illness when abusing drugs or alcohol. That is why it is so important for people with co-occurring illnesses to seek help from a qualified dual diagnosis treatment center.

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Fortunately, there are several dual diagnosis treatment centers throughout Virginia. The specialists at these rehabilitation programs are familiar with the special needs and risk profiles of people with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder. Programs are specially designed to empower patients to manage addiction, cope with mental health challenges, and achieve long-lasting sobriety.

Cities With Dual Diagnosis Programs In Virginia

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