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Dual Diagnosis Program

Since the early 90s our understanding of how mental health issues affect addiction and alcoholism have changed dramatically. Before this time these two conditions were treated separately from each other and so a person could enter into treatment seeking help for their addiction or for their underlying mental health issue, but never for both concurrently.

As a result many people who suffered from both were unable to achieve the recovery they so desired because one of the main factors contributing to their substance abuse, their mental health concern, was left untreated. Usually what this would looks like, is that a person would attend treatment and get sober for a brief period of time. They would start to experience all of the benefits that recovery has to offer, but in time, when the elation of their new found sobriety wore off, their underlying mental health concern would resurface, and cause them to relapse.

Alternatively, if a person was acutely aware that they needed treatment for some mental health issue they were experiencing and they sought help for it, they would not be given the tools necessary in order to combat their addiction. They may have been given intensive therapy or medication in order to help with their depression or anxiety, but left without any tools in which to deal with their addiction, they may times wound up using again, because they lacked a viable defense.

Luckily, today we understand the importance of treating addiction or alcoholism, and mental health concerns alongside each other in a comprehensive program called dual-diagnosis treatment. We have learned from the mistakes of the past and now can better serve people who are suffer from addiction and some other co-existing condition, by integrating both into the treatment process. At Pinnacle Recovery’s Utah Dual-Diagnosis Program we seek to do just that and because of it we believe that we offer all of the clients at our Utah Dual-Diagnosis Program, the best possible chance at recovery.

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What is Dual-Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis, like the kind we treat at our Utah Dual-Diagnosis program, is a diagnosis where a person has two coexisting conditions. In the particular cases that we are discussing one condition is addiction or alcoholism and other is usually some sort of underlying mental health condition. There are times when a person may suffer from more than one mental health concern, and even though more than two conditions are present, this would still fall under the range of a dual-diagnosis program.

Often times a person who is suffering from a dual-diagnosis may be unaware that there are other concerns besides their addiction. Their mental health issues may have been masked by their drug or alcohol usage and because of this it has gone undiagnosed for years at a time.
This is a surprisingly common thing that occurs within the realm of drug addiction because many times people start to use drugs or alcohol in order to deal with the symptoms of some mental health issue they are experiencing. Often they will be totally unaware that the level of anxiety they experience on daily basis, or their feelings of depression, are not within the normal range, but what they do know is that when they use drugs or alcohol they instantly feel better.

This in turn causes them to use drugs and alcohol as a way to self-medicate against their underlying symptoms and in time they will find themselves completely addicted to the drugs or alcohol.

The issue with this is two fold really, because on the one hand the underlying mental health concern is never truly dealt with and on the other hand, addiction many time exacerbates mental health issues. The drugs, which initially helped the person cope with their depression or anxiety, will in time actually produce more depression and more anxiety. This usually results in the person having to use larger amounts of their chosen substance or graduate to harder drugs in order to get the desired effect.

What Pinnacle Recovery’s Utah Dual-Diagnosis program seeks to do is to stop this cycle of addiction and self-medication, by addressing the underlying mental health concerns that gave rise to, or contributed to the individual’s addiction.

The way that this is accomplished is by giving all of our clients a comprehensive mental health screening and working with them throughout the duration of treatment in order to diagnose any mental health issues that may be hindering their ability to get and stay sober.

They are given access to a plethora of treatment options that includes intensive individual and group therapies and if needed they will work with a psychiatrist in order to get the medication required to help them.

Trying to get and stay sober with an undiagnosed mental health concern can be incredibly difficult and with all that we now know about addiction and mental illness there is no reason that a person should have to suffer this fate. We here at Pinnacle Recovery understand this and are here to help you through the process every step of the way. You no longer have to self medicate in order to deal with your anxiety, depression, or other mental health concern and through our dual diagnosis program we will give you the tools you need so that you never again have to feel the way you currently do.

Seeking a Dual-Diagnosis Program That Is Right For You

If you think that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and believe that you may have an underlying mental or physical health condition that is making it worse, then call the professionals at Pinnacle Recovery today, at 1-801-598-7765. Our trained staff is acutely aware of the needs of a person who has a dual-diagnosis and they can help you through the recovery process, giving you the tools you need in order to discover and maintain a life of recovery. You no longer have suffer alone in your addiction or your mental health concerns, so give us a call today.