What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Life is messy. Addiction is complicated. The root causes of substance abuse are typically intertwined and can be impossible to separate. That’s why therapy that only addresses the physical side of addiction will rarely be successful. Instead, substance addicts and abusers typically need a more holistic and thorough analysis of their physical and mental health—and that begins with dual diagnosis.
Read on to learn more about dual diagnosis and what it means for you or your loved one when seeking treatment for addiction.
Understanding Dual Diagnosis
Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe when someone is simultaneously diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder or addiction and a mental illness. Addiction never occurs in a vacuum, and while the exact causes of substance abuse can vary widely, co-occurring mental health conditions are common.
Here at Hawaiian Island Recovery, we provide progressive treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions, including:
- Chronic Pain
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Early Attachment Problems
- Physical and Emotional Abuse
This means that our residents are evaluated not only for addiction but also for the above mental health disorders. Then, our staff works together to address both the addiction and the mental health condition in a treatment plan designed to fully restore health to the client’s body, mind, and spirit.
Treating Addicts with Dual Diagnosis
Here at HIR, treatment plans are customized to meet the needs of each individual client. However, there are a few general therapies that are often beneficial to a dual diagnosis client. These include:
- Medically Supervised Detox — For many drug and alcohol addicts, detox is one of the scariest parts of pursuing sobriety. For some substances, unsupervised detox can be deadly at worst and extremely uncomfortable at best. At HIR, we offer a medically supervised detox that includes health monitoring outside of a hospital setting and, for those who are candidates, pharmaceutical support to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
- Evidence-Based Therapy — Evidence-based therapies are those which are based on scientific evidence for their potential to treat addiction and co-occurring mental disorders. This can include both individual and group therapy. Two of the most well-known evidence-based therapies we provide are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
- Experiential Therapy — Experiential therapy is an opportunity for clients to identify and process any hidden or subconscious issues through experiences. These experiences could include role-playing, guided imagery, interaction with animals, the use of props or musical instruments, and a range of other activities. Our dual diagnosis residents make great strides in their treatment with the help of dolphin assisted therapy, equine therapy, and music and art therapy.
- Holistic Therapy — In addition to evidence-based and experiential therapies, dual diagnosis clients can benefit greatly from holistic therapies. Holistic therapy is designed to work alongside more traditional treatment methods in order to ensure full recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We offer Reiki, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and nutritional support to help our residents as they recover fully from addiction and learn healthy techniques for managing mental health disorders.
Dual Diagnosis in Hawaii
To hear directly from HIR graduates who have benefitted from our dual diagnosis and holistic treatment approach, check out our testimonials. For example, in this video, Jake, a graduate of our program shares:
“They [the staff at HIR] really, really, really helped me with not only my addiction and alcoholism but with the problems I’ve had in the past and some traumas I’ve had to get through. If you’re looking for something that will really help you get through some hard, rough times, I would say this is definitely the place, and you will be in good hands.”
Our specialty in dual diagnosis and holistic treatment begins with a caring, listening ear when you call for more information.