Introduction to Co-Ocurring Disorders

Many people who suffer from addiction also suffer from what’s called a ‘co-occurring disorder,’ meaning that the addiction coincides with a mental or behavioral health disorder. Statistically, about half of those suffering from a mental disorder will also experience addiction at some point in their lives and vice versa. 


Some common mental health disorders that are frequently experienced alongside substance use disorder include Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, and more. Common risk factors that may contribute to either behavioral health and substance use disorders include genetics, trauma, and stress. 

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Introduction to Dual Diagnosis Treatment in South Florida

There are times where mental health disorders lead to substance use disorder, and it is also common for an addiction to lead to a mental health disorder. Conversely, there are also many cases in which these co-occurring disorders do not cause the other – they simply exist together.


The co-occurring disorders, therefore, need to be addressed and resolved both separately and together. The main goal of treatment is to understand the ‘why’ behind your disorder. Therefore, with co-occurring disorders, it is essential to gain an understanding of the ‘why’ behind both the addiction as well as the mental health disorder. 


Prevail Recovery Center, a dual diagnosis treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers patients the best possible care for treating co-occurring disorders. The incredible staff at our boutique treatment center believes in treating the mind, body, and soul of our patients, which is extremely important when treating those with a dual diagnosis. 


Why is Dual Diagnosis Treatment Needed?

Dual diagnosis treatment is a method of treatment that separately addresses both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. The interaction between the two conditions make rehabilitation slightly more complex given that there are two separate conditions that a person must recover from. Dual diagnosis is also complex because there is a higher risk of adverse health effects to arise if the disorders are not treated properly. 


It is likely for dual diagnosis patients to respond to treatment differently than those only suffering solely from an addiction. For a person to achieve long lasting recovery, it is essential that the personality or emotional disorder is treated along with the addiction by medical professionals who specialize in dual diagnosis treatment. Prior to the 1990’s, clinicians concluded that there was to be a separate division for those suffering from mental health disorders and for those suffering from addiction. This was referred to as ‘sequential treatment,’ meaning that patients would not be eligible to be treated for one disorder until the other was resolved. Sequential treatment was later studied, and it was concluded that relapse was more common in patients that were treated by rehabs using this methodology. 


Our approach to treating patients at our dual diagnosis treatment center in South Florida involves a team of expert professionals who specialize in treating co-occurring disorders who aim to help these patients make a full recovery from both disorders by addressing them simultaneously. Properly treating a patient with a co-occurring disorder is vital to a person’s long-term recovery and risk of relapse.


At Prevail Recovery Center, we know how important it is to acknowledge and understand that patients may be suffering from both a behavioral health disorder as well as substance use disorder. The key to achieving long-lasting recovery and maintaining an addiction-free life is to put in the work to address a person’s disorder head on, the first time around. Running the risk of relapse is something that we do not take lightly, and we therefore take extra measures to ensure that our patients are diagnosed properly, that way they can be treated properly. 


What to Expect From a Dual Diagnosis Center in South Florida

Patients will experience the best dual diagnosis treatment at our incredible recovery center located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon admission into our treatment program, patients will undergo initial evaluations that allow for our staff to properly diagnose their conditions. Evaluations are critical, especially for patients with co-occurring disorders, because in order for treatment to work, a person must be diagnosed properly. Understanding a patient’s history with both substance abuse and mental health allows for our medical staff to properly diagnose and treat patients so they could achieve life-long recovery. 


At Prevail Recovery Center, we have a dedicated team of medically trained professionals, therapists, and counselors who are trained in treating dual diagnosis patients. At our dual diagnosis treatment center in South Florida, our team has learned that in treating mental health disorders and addictions simultaneously, our patients have the ability to address the full scope of their problems that are deeply affecting their lives. 


Our patients are offered personalized, one-on-one care to help diagnose and treat their addictions as well as their mental health disorders. We offer various therapies, counseling, and group activities for clients to be able to find the help that works for them. Some of the therapies that we offer include: Individual Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Art Therapy, Daily Living Skills, Anger Management, Relapse Prevention, Relationship/Marriage Conflict Therapies, Family Integration Therapy, 12-Step Integration, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Person-Centered Approach, Trauma-Informed Therapies, and Inner Childhood Psychotherapy Work. These therapies and counseling opportunities are available for patients with dual diagnoses who need more of a tailored program to suit their specific co-occurring disorders.


Our staff at Prevail Recovery Center offers the best care for treating patients suffering from dual diagnosis. We understand that each patient has their own individual journey with addiction, mental health, and recovery, therefore we avail ourselves to all the different forms of therapy a person can possibly need to achieve life-long recovery. Come visit our treatment center today for the best dual diagnosis treatment options. 


Completely Heal With the Best Dual Diagnosis Center in Florida

At Prevail Recovery Center, our patients can expect individualized attention and personalized care to recover from their co-occurring disorders. We look at each patient as an individual, and diagnose them based on their own specific relationships and histories with drugs and mental health. Our comprehensive approach to treatment heals addiction and behavioral health disorders with various levels of care based on each person’s individual needs, helping them to maintain a healthy, sober lifestyle. 


If you or a loved one is suffering from co-occurring disorders and needs individualized treatment and care, please consider Prevail Recovery Center as we aim to take your life into our hands, and change the way you approach your conditions forever. 


Prevail Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prevail was founded by friends who fought and triumphed over their own addictions, and we therefore understand and relate to our patients and know how to best treat each person and their individual conditions. We understand that dual diagnosis is a complex condition to treat; however, we have also successfully treated patients with such disorders many, many times. At Prevail, we’ve created a safe, understanding environment for our patients to undergo specialized, comprehensive, and time-proven treatments in support of their recovery journeys. 


Our vision at Prevail Recovery Center is to provide patients with the highest quality treatment to help in their road to a full, prosperous, and life-long recovery. We take a comprehensive approach to treating dual diagnosis patients, and we believe in treating people through the body, mind, and spirit. Our clinical services are personalized to fit the needs of each client to reduce symptoms, improve overall functionality and strengthen each patient’s capacity to live an independent, fulfilling life. Prevail’s approach to treatment is to provide a supportive, healing environment where clients can experience a meaningful and long-lasting recovery from whatever it might be that they are suffering from. Addiction and mental health disorders are complex conditions that affect all aspects of a person’s life, and we are acutely focused on helping our patients make a full, well-rounded, and meaningful recovery. 

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