A large number of people who are dependent on drugs are simultaneously suffering from a mental health condition as well, and this is called dual diagnosis. These specialized facilities focus on an effective approach for patients with a dual diagnosis to address both their mental health issues at the same time as their substance abuse concerns. Staff at these treatment centers are specifically trained in mental health disorders and talk to patients with empathy and understanding. They recognize that substance abuse may be caused by patients “self-medicating” for depression and anxiety or the mental health issue can be a symptom of the amount and frequency of drugs taken. Because mental health disorders are so diverse, these types of treatment centers will design a custom treatment plan to address every patients’ clinical needs, which can include full medication management as well as a physiological and psychological evaluation.
I felt like I was always in a rut. I just couldn’t get out of it. Drinking made me less anxious about it. People just kept telling me to snap out of it or go out and do something, but I just couldn’t muster up the energy or motivation. My sister called the addiction specialists at Essential Recovery and put me on the phone with them. Honestly, I just wanted her to go away, so I picked up the phone, and it was like a breath of fresh air.
They didn’t just keep talking at me as if I was weak with no self-control like everyone else did. They really treated me like a person. They told me depression was a disease. They told me my alcohol addiction was a symptom of my depression, and they gave me hope that there was a way out, that others like me have done it. They got to know me and my story and walked me through every step of the way until I walked through the door of the treatment center that they helped me choose. I couldn’t express enough how much their kindness and patience have changed my life.