A person with a mental health disorder and addiction is dealing with a condition known as co-occurring disorders. This is a complex condition requiring specialized treatment in a dual diagnosis program. If you’re battling depression, anxiety, trauma, or bipolar disorder and may be using alcohol or drugs to manage the symptoms, our team can help you.
At Fort Behavioral Health, our Fort Worth dual diagnosis treatment program provides resources to effectively treat both conditions simultaneously. Our goal at Fort Behavioral Health is to empower you to heal fully from the damage addiction causes.
Spotting the Signs of Co-Occurring Disorders
Many people with co-occurring disorders don’t even know they have them. That’s because the symptoms of many mental health disorders are masked by drug and alcohol use. Often, a person with past trauma, depression, or anxiety turns to substances to manage the way they feel or hide symptoms of their condition.
A formal diagnosis of this condition is crucial. Some of the most common signs of co-occurring disorders may include:
- Using drugs or alcohol to manage stress
- Needing to use alcohol or drugs to stop the images of past trauma from being present
- Turning to alcohol or drugs to help calm nerves and stop anxiety
- Being unable to stop using drugs or alcohol without experiencing mental health disorders
- Hiding thoughts and feelings by using drugs or alcohol
- Needing substances to help you feel free or to relax
Sometimes it can appear as though a person has everything under control. The symptoms they feel seem better controlled with substances, so they never seek treatment for the mental health disorders. That decision can severely damage their health. Over time, those substances no longer work, and symptoms worsen. Addiction and dependence develop, too.
What to Expect in a Dual Diagnosis Rehab Program
During treatment at Fort Behavioral Health, the first step is a formal assessment to determine your unique needs. A mental health disorder diagnosis may take some time, especially if a person needs to go through the detox process. In our dual diagnosis program, counseling can begin with the detox process, enabling a faster path towards recovery.
Within the dual diagnosis rehab program, a person often needs to learn more about their addiction and mental health disorder. Often, a component of this is learning about the potential causes. For some people, this may be a past trauma or poor hormone and chemical balances. Sometimes, it is not known why a person develops these complications.
Counseling in Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Changes Futures
It’s an incredible task to manage both drug and alcohol addiction with mental health disorders. For most, it’s impossible. Yet, with the therapy options at our dual diagnosis treatment center, a person begins to see the opportunities available to them. You’ll learn a great deal about yourself and your mental health needs. Therapy also often involves strategies for dealing with stress, health complications, and daily life with an addiction.
Some of our therapy programs at Fort Behavioral Health’s dual diagnosis treatment center include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- EMDR therapy program
- 12-Step program
- Somatic experiencing program
- Motivational interviewing program
Therapy programs are provided in various formats, including individual and group therapy. There are also supportive therapies available for families. Through this process, both mental health and addiction complications are managed effectively, creating opportunities for healing and rehabilitation for most people.
Achieve the Best Outcome with Fort Behavioral Health
Your mental and physical health depends on your willingness to get into professional treatment. At Fort Behavioral Health, our dual diagnosis program offers the level and type of support you need in a positive, motivating space. You’ll feel like family in our care. Learn more about our compassionate counselors and innovative programs when you call 844.329.3447 or reach out to us now online.