What is a Dual Diagnosis?

Our qualified team of clinicians has developed an in-depth, personalized dual diagnosis program, designed for those struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Treatment will not be the same for everyone, seeing as the mental health issues that individuals struggle with vary so greatly – ranging from mild depression and anxiety to severe bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. We at Garden State Treatment Center start each patient off with an in-depth evaluation, which helps us to determine which combination of treatment methods will prove most effective.

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In many instances, those suffering from an untreated mental disorder (such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder) will turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. While the concerned individual may feel temporary relief from his or her symptoms, substance abuse will exacerbate and worsen symptoms in the long run. On the other hand, excessive drug and alcohol use may result in mental health issues – issues that will continue to worsen as substance abuse persists. Regardless of which disorder preceded the other, both must be treated concurrently in order for long-term sobriety to be achieved.

As is the case with all substance abuse treatment, medical detoxification is a crucial first step. Once an individual has undergone medical detox, he or she will be immediately transferred to an inpatient rehab facility. These inpatient facilities will differ based on individual needs – many are gender-exclusive, some are designed for individuals suffering from substance abuse and eating disorders, and some are designed for the treatment of dual diagnosis disorders.

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A study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2018 found that nearly 9.2 million American adults struggle with dual diagnosis disorders. Because dual diagnosis disorders are so common, many treatment centers offer programs designed specifically for those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. We at Garden State Treatment Center have carefully designed an inpatient program geared towards those who need professional help in both areas. Unfortunately, those that do not get help for their mental illness and addiction disorders will often relapse.

Because of this, it is absolutely crucial that the treatment provider understands the ways in which one disorder affects the other. For example, if an individual with depression has been self-medicating with alcohol, the symptoms of depression may have worsened with continued alcohol use (seeing as alcohol is a depressant). If this is the case, the underlying depression and alcoholism will need to be treated individually (while simultaneously). If both disorders are not treated, worsening symptoms of depression will likely lead the individual back to drinking.

Garden State Treatment Center – What Sets Us Apart

Our team of addiction specialists and mental health professionals will re-evaluate each individual client over the course of their stay, making any changes to the treatment plan that are deemed necessary. What sets our inpatient treatment program apart from the rest is our highly individualized and integrated approach – we spend as much time as necessary coming up with a personalized plan, and work with each of our patients every step of the way.

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Is Dual Diagnosis Right For You?

Our New Jersey Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center offers a comprehensive continuum of care to those struggling with co-occurring disorders. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals understands the importance of treating all existing disorders at once, and our program has been specially designed to treat those who are looking for more than merely an addiction treatment center. If you or someone you love has been struggling with an untreated mental illness and has been exhibiting signs of addiction, dual diagnosis inpatient treatment may be an ideal option for you.