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Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Washington State

If you or a loved one is struggling to manage an addiction, Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, has treatment options that can make the struggle easier. Dual diagnosis treatment is available for anyone seeking assistance in managing addiction.

Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Vancouver), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.

What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis occurs when an addiction to drugs or alcohol is accompanied by a mental or emotional disorder. As some mental and emotional disorders can hinder a successful recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, seeking help for the disorder is vital to overcoming the addiction.

When it comes to substance abuse, we use support groups to aid in treating co-occurring issues that including the following:

Dual Diagnosis Services Offered

Types of Therapy Used

How Common Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis treatment is relatively common. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, over 50% of people seeking treatment for drug abuse also receive treatment for an underlying mental or emotional disorder, while nearly 40% of people with an alcohol addiction suffer from an underlying disorder. Nearly 30% of people seeking treatment for a mental disorder also suffer from addiction to one or more substances.

What Symptoms Do People with a Dual Diagnosis Experience?

The symptoms present in those with a dual diagnosis can vary significantly from person to person. For instance, a person with an anxiety disorder may experience panic attacks, overwhelming fear, or irritation as a result of their disorder, while a person with depression may lack energy, lose interest in activities, and experience hopelessness.

Other common disorders treated along with drug or alcohol addiction include obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia, along with some types of personality disorders and mood disorders. Using, and withdrawing from, drugs and alcohol can also cause behavioral changes. For instance, a person who abuses alcohol may experience a loss of inhibition while drinking and may suffer from tremors or other symptoms when withdrawing from alcohol.

Which Develops First? Substance Abuse or Emotional Problems?

Some patients develop emotional or mental disorders before using drugs and alcohol, which are often used as a result of self-medicating. Self-medicating is when a person relies on drugs or alcohol to relieve the symptoms of an underlying mental or emotional disorder. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can quickly lead to a physical addiction to the substance. Treating both the disorder and the addiction simultaneously is an important aspect of dual diagnosis treatment.

Drug or alcohol abuse can also trigger mental or emotional disorders. Mental and emotional disorders that become evident while using drugs or alcohol are treated in the same manner as disorders that were present before the addiction. Those who begin using drugs or alcohol before adulthood are more susceptible to developing a mental disorder, as drugs or alcohol can interfere with the normal development of the brain.

Substance abuse can reduce the ability to develop mature emotional responses. For instance, consistent drug use can reduce the ability to control emotional responses to stress, causing feelings such as rage or depression in response to minor events.

Why Choose Free by the Sea

  • Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
  • Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
  • Long-term transitory living
  • 30-, 60-, and 90-day programs
  • Men and women in separate buildings
  • Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

Addiction doesn’t have to control your life. Finding the right treatment program can make a difference that leads you, or your loved one, to a successful recovery. You can find help for an addiction by contacting Free by the Sea today at 800-272-9199.

Contact Free by the Sea

Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, offers dual diagnosis treatment programs that can help you overcome addiction while coping with a mental or emotional disorder. With a compassionate, experienced staff and comprehensive program available, you can significantly increase your chances of a successful recovery by seeking help for addiction today. Please contact us to learn more.