Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis is an important aspect of addiction recovery.

Addiction rarely travels alone. It is frequently accompanied by depression, anxiety disorders and other mental health concerns, some of which have been present long before the addiction showed itself.

Many people often use alcohol, behaviours or other mood-altering drugs to relieve symptoms of mental health conditions that have plagued their lives. It is nearly impossible to treat addiction without treating mental illness. In our facility, we recognize the need to address the co-occurring disorder in order to maximize addiction treatment success.

Perhaps you are suffering from another disorder that either has not been stabilized, or the alcohol and another drug use has destabilized any previous treatment you have received for it. Maybe your fear is giving up your “self-medication.” This is a completely valid fear, but Aurora’s staff are trained to work with you regarding symptoms of the co-occurring disorder you experience. They have the expertise to know when to access a specialist specific to your other disorders, as symptoms may present themselves when you become abstinent from alcohol, behaviours or other addictive drugs.

Dual Diagnosis in Addiction Treatment

Dual diagnosis is an important aspect of addiction recovery. This method to begin recovery helps to identify if any concurring disorders are present within an individual before they begin their treatment. Many people can be genetically predisposed to acquiring mental health conditions that can, if left undiagnosed, lead the person to develop a serious addiction to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. Self-medicating any mental health issue is dangerous as your body adjusts to two different types of chemical stimuli and can lead to more serious medical health issues.

Addiction and Mental Illness

Addiction can also lead to the development of mental health disorders, after years of uncontrolled substance abuse; this is the catch-22 involved in the complicated dance between addiction and mental health conditions. A person may already have a preexisting mental health condition before developing an addiction, or they could develop the addiction as a result of drinking or an excess of drug use.

Adding more depressants to your system, like drugs, alcohol, and addictive behaviours, can increase depressive feelings over time and can lead to a combination of serious side effects such as thoughts of suicide. We understand that when someone is left with an undiagnosed mental health condition, they can feel afraid, alone and confused. At Aurora, we stress the need for dual diagnosis screenings so that we can fully integrate the right treatments for you. Should you require the treatment of dual disorders, we have the tools and staff to help you through recovery.

As you engage in your addiction treatment program, our goal is to mitigate as many roadblocks as possible. The specialized experts Aurora accesses on your behalf have been vetted to meet our standards. They are a select group who have the education, training, and experience to provide you with excellent care within that specialty you require.

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

After the diagnosis of any mental health disorder, we craft a particular treatment plan to manage any symptoms whether they are physical or emotional and offer a set of skills you can use when you feel anxious, fearful or feel the urge to engage in addictive behaviours. The mental health disorders and conditions associated, that we treat here at the Aurora Recovery Centre are the following:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Amphetamine addiction
  • Pills addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Crack addiction
  • DXM addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Meth addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • and much more…

Our counselling sessions can be conducted with our in-house therapists that are uniquely paired to each individual, dependent on the treatment they need. We also offer partnered counselling and therapy with psychiatrists that can prescribe any necessary medications to help further manage the uncomfortable symptoms of any mental health disorder.

There are many negative stereotypes that come with the idea of mental health conditions, and many people in the world don’t believe that they could be affected. However, according to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Switzerland, over 450 million people all over the world are affected with a mental health condition. Mental health disorders are common and many go unnoticed until the symptoms become unmanageable. We understand that it can be overwhelming and scary to be diagnosed with a mental illness, but it can be managed with effective therapy and medications.

We do offer medication management through our residential treatment and outpatient treatment services. Should you need to have your current medication managed, or find that you could benefit from medication and therapy combined, please call Aurora Recovery Center today. To treat addiction with a concurring mental disorder, it’s important that you treat both; otherwise, any treatment will not be successful. Aurora offers compassionate care that puts every member first, because our members are the reason we are here.



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