Dual diagnosis is when an individual has a mental health and substance use disorder simultaneously. Both disorders can complicate treatment, making it more challenging to achieve recovery. Thus, specialized help from professionals, like a dual diagnosis psychiatrist, is needed.
Also referred to as co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis is a common issue. About 9.2 million adults in the US have co-occurring disorders.1
As a result, the individual may turn to substance abuse once more. This is how the relapse cycle begins.
A psychiatrist can prescribe medications to help manage symptoms of the co-occurring conditions. These medications can help reduce:
A dual diagnosis provider can help individuals develop a relapse prevention plan. A relapse prevention plan includes strategies for:
Every psychiatrist has their specialties. It is best to look for a psychiatrist who specializes in dual diagnosis. Not only that, these professionals also specialize in specific mental health and substance use disorders.
Look for a psychiatrist who uses treatment approaches that address both mental health and substance use. You also want to find someone whose style matches what you are looking for.
DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes the integration of:
Our team can help connect you with an experienced dual diagnosis psychiatrist to help you through your recovery journey.
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