Statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness show that roughly 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse. Likewise, 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. Additionally, of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29% abuse alcohol or drugs. Sometimes the emotional and mental problems occur first, which leads people to use alcohol or drugs that make them feel better temporarily or to “self-medicate”. Alternately, substance abuse may occur first and over time lead to emotional and mental problems. Focusing treatment on just one of these issues does not ensure that the other will go away… Statistics such as these, point out the importance of an integrated approach to treatment. Frequently, however, even when both problems are recognized, individuals will bounce back and forth between services for mental illness and substance abuse, creating gaps in their service. The fact is, uncoordinated services may not allow for optimal recovery.
Right Turn Recognizes and Treats Dual Diagnosis
At Right Turn, our treatment plan is an integrated and collaborative approach. When mental health problems and addiction issues co-exist, our diverse team is able to handle both issues. Our multi-disciplinary group includes mental health counselors, board certified physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, relapse prevention specialists, individual and family therapists, intervention professionals, expressive therapists, and more.
If you are seeking a rehab in Massachusetts for yourself or someone you care about, based on this description of “Dual Diagnosis”, we believe you should consider a program skilled at handling both issues; and, if you agree, the multi-disciplinary specialists at Right Turn will be happy to share their thoughts and experience on this subject with you. We can help you make decisions that will meet your unique needs.