In some cases, people develop addictions while also suffering from a psychiatric illness. Some of the common illnesses may include depression and bipolar disorder. Receiving treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction should also include treatment for any underlying conditions. This is vital in order to receive optimum results in overcoming an addiction. A study in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that approximately 53 percent of drug addicts and 37 percent of alcoholics have at least one psychiatric illness at the time of addiction. JAMA also reports that nearly 29 percent of people who suffer from a mental illness are also addicted to alcohol or drugs.
With this type of information, the connection is clear. A person may use alcohol or drugs to mask the symptoms of a mental illness. Additionally, alcohol and drugs may cause some to mimic symptoms of the disease. An ineffective approach is to treat one without properly addressing the other. Our dual diagnosis focuses on a successful treatment of both.
The likelihood of your falling back into dependency on alcohol and drugs increases without proper diagnosis and treatment for both. We want you to be successful in beating the addiction. Our primary goal is to give you a healthy and whole life again.
We want to do more than simply rid your system of alcohol and drugs; we want to equip you coping skills to remain off these substances. Our services will include a treatment plan with this in mind. You will be able to manage psychiatric disorders and remain clean.
Experience in helping people deal with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness is vitally important. For that reason, we carefully select professionals with a high level of experience in this field. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at (561) 247-1664 if you believe that your alcoholism or drug addiction is part of something more.
Call us from West Palm Beach now at (561) 247-1664 for immediate help with your psychiatric disorder and addiction.