Before the 1990s started, treatment for addictions and mental disorders were different. That means that if one patient is both an addict and is experiencing symptoms of any mental disorder; both illnesses cannot be treated at the same time. Therefore, the patient has to wait for them to be completely sober before they were treated for their recurring mental illness. But sometimes the driving force of addiction is mental illness that is why people with overlapping symptoms cannot be treated. And this where dual diagnosis came into picture.
How to be Treated With Dual Diagnosis Treatment
For a patient to be qualified for this kind of treatment, there are criteria to be followed. These criteria are seen in the current version of DSM or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Any qualified psychiatrist, therapist or counsellor can provide dual diagnosis if a person has a mental disorder and addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex or gambling. Being diagnosed helps a person come into terms of what they truly are; questions that have been haunting them for so long are answered.
What Makes Dual Diagnosis Successful?
Dual Diagnosis is a combination of both treatments for mental disorders and addiction. This means that the successful and best treatments from both fields are merged into one to treat their patients. There is no hard line between the two, making it easier for therapists to overlap their treatment and way of healing.
When you wait for a patient to be sober before you treat them for depression, this can lead to relapse. Dual diagnosis treats both of these illnesses at the same time. There is a chance that the patient’s driving force to drinking is their depression, so when a therapist would “cure” their addiction, there is a 90% chance that depression will push them once again to drink. That is why a dual diagnosis and therapy is needed in order to cure both illnesses at the same time reinforcing the cure for each other.
Not only does it include 2 or more diagnosis but it also includes the family, friends, immediate colleagues and other close people to the therapy sessions in dual diagnosis treatment centers. This means that the treatment is inclusive this targeting all the areas of a patient’s life.