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Introduction to Dual Diagnosis

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in four adults with a substance use disorder also have one or more additional mental health conditions. Prevail Recovery Center’s dual diagnosis treatment in New Jersey can help whether you’re an adult, young adult, or teen. This page will discuss what dual diagnosis means in addiction treatment, the most common co-occurring disorders seen in those who face substance abuse, the benefits of dual diagnosis therapy, and how we can help. 

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What is “Dual Diagnosis”? 

“Dual diagnosis” is a term used in addiction treatment spaces. It refers to the presence or diagnosis of both a substance use disorder and at least one other mental disorder. When a treatment center addresses substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions, it is called dual diagnosis treatment. Prevail Recovery Center provides dual diagnosis treatment in New Jersey for clients with a range of mental health concerns and backgrounds. 

Don’t let the cycle of dual diagnosis control your life. Reach out to Prevail Recovery and take the first step toward lasting recovery. Our integrated approach to dual diagnosis therapy empowers individuals to overcome the challenges of co-occurring disorders, regain control over their lives, and embrace a brighter, healthier future.


Substance Abuse and Common Comorbidities

Extensive research shows us that a range of different mental disorders frequently present alongside substance use disorders. While it is not an extensive list, here are some of the most common comorbidities we see in clients facing substance abuse. 

Trauma is a significant risk factor for substance abuse. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects some, but not all, people who have experienced a traumatic event. Around 6% of the general population will experience PTSD at some point in their life. 

Depressive disorders are among some of the most prevalent mental health conditions seen in the general population and frequently co-occur with substance abuse. Major depressive disorder (MDD), persistent depressive disorder, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder are some of the most well-known forms of depression.

Like depressive disorders, anxiety disorders are some of the most prevalent mental health conditions seen in the general population and are also widespread among people with substance use disorders. Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobia, agoraphobia, and panic disorder 

are all considered anxiety disorders.

Bipolar disorder is characterized by alternating “highs,” called mania or hypomania, and periods of depression. There are different types of bipolar disorder. Like with many other conditions, those with bipolar disorder are more likely than the rest of the general population to face a substance use disorder.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with three main presentations: Primarily hyperactive, primarily inattentive, and combined type. Untreated ADHD especially has a very strong connection to addiction. Substance use is often an attempt to manage unaddressed ADHD symptoms in this population. 

Other conditions, such as eating disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and schizophrenia and related disorders, also frequently intersect with addiction. If you have a mental health condition or concern and want to know whether our dual diagnosis treatment center in New Jersey can help, don’t hesitate to reach out.


Benefits of New Jersey Dual Diagnosis Therapy

If you have another mental health concern in addition to addiction, the benefits of dual diagnosis therapy or treatment are endless. Dual diagnosis care allows you to address your full spectrum of symptoms and promotes whole-person healing. When a treatment center focuses only on substance use behaviors and does not address what else is happening in a person’s life, including other mental health conditions and stressors, treatment can be less successful or may feel incomplete. People may find that other mental health concerns worsen if they are unaddressed. This can be especially true when substances are used as an attempt at self-medication. 


That is why we make it a point to ask clients about their complete history when they enter treatment and have staff experienced in treating an array of mental health concerns. These include but aren’t limited to all of the common comorbidities listed above. During your intake assessment for treatment, we’ll ask about your history and anything else that may inform your treatment needs. That way, we can help you create an individualized treatment plan. 


How Prevail Recovery Can Help

At Prevail Recovery, our dual diagnosis treatment programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals facing co-occurring disorders. We offer:

Our expert clinicians conduct thorough assessments to identify both addiction and mental health issues, ensuring a targeted and effective treatment plan.

Evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and medication management are combined to address both disorders comprehensively.

Our supportive and understanding staff creates a safe space where individuals can openly discuss their challenges, fostering trust and promoting healing.

We provide robust aftercare planning and support, ensuring individuals continue to receive necessary resources and assistance after completing the treatment program.

Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Therapy

Dual diagnosis therapy addresses both the addiction and the underlying mental health disorder simultaneously, providing a more holistic approach to recovery.

Integrated treatment plans are personalized to the individual, addressing their unique needs and challenges, leading to more effective outcomes.

By treating both conditions, dual diagnosis therapy helps individuals develop coping strategies and skills necessary to prevent relapse in the long term.

Addressing mental health concerns leads to improved overall well-being, allowing individuals to regain control over their emotions and thoughts.

Successful dual diagnosis treatment empowers individuals to rebuild relationships, pursue education or employment, and engage in fulfilling activities, leading to a better quality of life.


Find a New Jersey Dual Diagnosis Center 

If you’re ready to find dual diagnosis treatment in New Jersey that focuses on whole-person healing, contact Prevail Recovery Center today. When you reach out, we’ll verify your health insurance, schedule a tour, or answer your treatment questions for free. To get in touch, give us a call or fill out the contact form on our website. If we miss your initial call or message, a team member will respond shortly. 

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