Dual diagnosis is when an individual suffers from Substance Use Disorder and and co-occurring Mental Health conditions. These are complex and interrelated issues that require specialized treatment. Evidence-based treatments are those that have been shown through research to be effective in treating specific disorders. In the case of substance abuse and co-occurring mental conditions, there are several evidence-based treatments available:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT is a type of psychotherapy that is commonly used to treat substance abuse and co-occurring mental conditions. The focus of CBT is to identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to substance abuse and other problems. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of substance abuse disorders, including alcohol and opioid addiction.
- Motivational Interviewing (MI) MI is a type of therapy that is focused on helping individuals find the motivation to change their behavior. This therapy is particularly effective in helping those who are ambivalent or resistant to change. MI can be used to address substance abuse as well as co-occurring mental health conditions.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) DBT is a type of therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, but has since been adapted for use in treating substance abuse and co-occurring mental conditions. DBT combines elements of CBT with mindfulness practices and is particularly effective in helping individuals manage intense emotions and develop coping skills.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) MAT is a type of treatment that combines medication with behavioral therapy to address substance abuse disorders. Medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone can be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. This type of treatment has been shown to be effective in treating opioid addiction.
- Integrated Treatment Integrated treatment is a holistic approach that combines substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment in one program. This approach recognizes that substance abuse and mental health disorders often occur together and need to be treated concurrently. Integrated treatment can include a combination of therapies, medications, and support groups.
Overall, evidence-based treatments are the most effective way to address substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, contact us at (772) 584-3083 to schedule a consultation today.