Many individuals struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or eating disorders. These conditions can all serve as major PTSD triggers for relapse and left untreated, which will usually prevent a successful recovery. When multiple conditions or disorders exist for a patient, this is considered to be a dual diagnosis.
Getting a PTSD Dual Diagnosis
Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential. At the Delray Center for Healing, we recognize the complexities of identifying and treating clients with multiple conditions and disorders. We offer a specialized and comprehensive approach to treatment incorporating input from our multi-disciplined team of Doctors and Therapists and the very latest in medical science. Each unique treatment program tailors to the needs of the client, not the condition or disorder, providing for a simultaneous and complete recovery. Treatment is incorporated into a fully comprehensive outpatient PTSD program.
PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
While a PTSD dual diagnosis means a diagnosis of PTSD and any other mental health issue as they exist simultaneously, one of the most common dual diagnosis for PTSD patients is substance use disorders. When dealing with the symptoms of PTSD like nightmares, hallucinations, and flashbacks, it’s not uncommon for people to seek relief; and rightfully so. But, when the use of drugs or alcohol is this relief, this can often lead to the development of dependence. And, the cycle of addiction may begin from there.
In order to help individuals living with both PTSD and substance abuse disorder, both issues must be treated simultaneously. This gives individuals a better chance of remaining sober and in recovery. First, when these patients get to treatment, they must detox and get sober. Then, they can begin to use the tools and methods available to them in order to learn how to successfully integrate sobriety into their lives outside of treatment.
When individuals living with PTSD and substance abuse disorder only get help for their PTSD symptoms, they’re not addressing their entire issue. And, since they won’t get help for substance abuse disorder, they’re likely to continue to drink and/or use drugs. As drug abuse and use can lead to impaired judgment or other self-inflicting side effects, this can promote and stimulate PTSD symptoms. And, lead to reverting to past behaviors before treatment and medication were sought. So, it’s important that individuals living with both disorders identify and address both disorders when in treatment. That’s why, here at The Delray Center for Healing, we work to first assess patients for individual diagnosis and needs to better determine the best methods of treatment to use.
Benefits of PTSD Dual Diagnosis Treatment
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Dual Diagnosis Treatment includes the following benefits:
Every client receives individual attention from a specialized treatment team of highly qualified and experienced professionals
All programs have a design to flow seamlessly into our aftercare programs
Clients have access to a full range of services that address all of their physical, mental and spiritual needs
Delray Center clients that have completed one of our comprehensive programs experience a high rate of long-term success
Find out More About PTSD Dual Diagnosis Treatment at The Delray Center for Healing
Think that you or a loved one is living with both PTSD and another mental health condition? The Delray Center for Healing is here to help by offering post traumatic stress disorder treatment and dual diagnosis programs. Not only can we help with a proper diagnosis, but we can assess you or your loved one. This way, we can determine the treatments that are best for individual needs. And, develop a treatment plan that’s based on your dual diagnosis, desires, and specific requirements for a healthy life. To learn more about our mental health center in Delray Beach, Florida, contact us from our website or call 888-699-5679.
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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.