Dual-Diagnosis Addiction Treatment

Treating addiction
as well as any co-occurring disorders

Studies suggest that up to 80% of all people addicted to drugs or alcohol also suffer from one or more co-occurring psychiatric disorders, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • mania
  • bipolar disorder
  • psychosis
  • eating disorders, including weight-loss surgery patients
  • other addictions (e.g., gambling, sexual behavior)

By using our thorough assessment to uncover any co-occurring conditions, Enterhealth is able to treat both conditions simultaneously, leading to greatly improved patient outcomes. In addition, addiction itself often induces psychiatric symptoms, making it necessary to differentiate between issues that are substance induced and those that are pre-existing.

The full-time board-certified medical team at Enterhealth Ranch and Enterhealth Outpatient of Excellence, as well as our overall evidence-based approach to recovery, enables us to uniquely address the diagnostic and treatment challenges of dual addiction disorders. Most addiction treatment programs simply are not equipped to treat clients with a dual-diagnosis.

The Enterhealth addiction treatment program treats the two disorders with a very personal, integrated approach. We believe that treatment of co-occurring disorders is a collaborative process between the treatment team and the patient and, often, the patient's family. Recovery is a lifelong process, not a short-term cure, and should include education about the disease and development of coping skills to handle life’s challenges.

Our addiction treatment experience and highly trained addiction psychiatrists and therapists incorporate medically validated treatments and techniques that simply cannot be obtained at a lower level of care or in a traditional treatment program. These include:

  • intensive one-on-one patient therapy
  • in-depth family and/or couples therapy
  • trauma resolution
  • pain/anxiety management
  • neurological testing and treatment
  • cognitive behavior therapy
  • spirituality and faith-based classes

In some cases, for example, medication can be crucial to reduce depression, anxiety, paranoia and cravings. Any anti-addiction medication treatment plan will be prescribed by a physician specifically trained in treating dual-diagnosis. Certain anti-depression and anti-anxiety medicines, including SSRIs or SNRIs, may be appropriate to relieve the symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, some anti-addiction medicines have proven effective, including opioid replacement therapies or naltrexone (to reduce craving). Learn more about anti-addiction medications by going to our medications page.

For more information on dual-diagnosis, or anything else, please call 1.800.388.4601 day or night.



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