Women talking to therapist about the dual diagnosis treatment centerLucida specializes in treating dual diagnosis, or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Dual diagnosis affects nearly 8.9 million people in the United States each year. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 45 percent of people with an addiction have a co-occurring mental health disorder. At Lucida Treatment Center, we host a dual diagnosis treatment center just for these people.

Problems with drugs and alcohol may be the initial reason you decide to go into treatment. But if you do not treat other difficulties such as mental health issues, it could be very tough to sustain long-term sobriety. Anyone with multiple disorders needs specialized dual diagnosis treatment in a dual diagnosis treatment center.

Our treatment center has the expertise, resources, and multidisciplinary staff to deliver effective, comprehensive, and compassionate care. If you need expert treatment for dual disorders in a healing environment, call Lucida Treatment Center at 1.866.947.7299.

Causes of Dual Diagnosis

No one actively seeks to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. A person’s biology, age, and their social environment influence a person’s risk of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that they may develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Additionally, biological, psychological, and environmental factors are all factors that cause mental illness. Genetics play a large role in mental illness. Other biological factors include infections, brain injury or defects, the result of prenatal damage, substance abuse, poor nutrition, and exposure to toxins. Psychological factors for mental illness include neglect and psychological trauma in childhood. The death of a parent during early childhood and a poor ability to relate to others are additional potential factors.

Environmental stressors may trigger mental illness in someone who is susceptible. These include low self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, anger, a dysfunctional family, death or divorce, and changing jobs or schools. Substance abuse, either by the person or their parents, is also a factor. Finally, social or cultural expectations may be a factor precipitating certain mental health conditions.

Signs of Dual Diagnosis

Sometimes a person develops the mental health disorder develops first, while other times, they develop the drug or alcohol abuse first. Many people with mental health problems seek relief or escape from the pain and resort to using drugs or alcohol to do so. The relief they feel, however, is temporary. Over time, substance abuse can lead to intensified emotional and mental health difficulties.

Whether the initiating problem is alcohol, drugs, a traumatic event, or mental health, the effect worsens over time without treatment. This is why they will need to seek treatment at a dual diagnosis treatment center.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Treatment approaches for dual diagnosis include many different modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, SMART Recovery® groups, Stages of Changes, and participation in self-help support groups. We cover them all at our dual diagnosis treatment center in Lantana, Florida.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps our clients identify dysfunctional beliefs. It also helps our clients build skills to replace substance use and manage cravings and triggers. Our cognitive behavioral therapy program also enhances client motivation and willingness to stick with treatment and develop a contingency management plan. Additionally, our CBT program creates a relapse prevention plan. It emphasizes the analysis of drug use cues and the systematic training of alternative responses to those cues.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Through rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), our clients learn how certain events, beliefs, and behavioral consequences relate to their addictive behavior. REBT is a part of our dual diagnosis treatment program in Lantana, Florida, and teaches individuals how to challenge irrational beliefs and recognize irrational thought patterns. The therapy helps them gain insight and also teaches clients how to dispute irrational beliefs and implement more effective behaviors.

Stages of Changes

Stages of Changes is a process model of therapy in which each individual progresses through a series of positive actions. It is an important part of the therapeutic approach for dual diagnosis. Through this therapy, clients identify readiness to initiate changes in their life, resolve any ambivalence they feel related to changes, and find the motivation so they can pursue change.

SMART Recovery®

We incorporate group meetings into the treatment plan for clients with dual disorders. In addition to traditional 12-Step involvement, Lucida Treatment Center offers a non-12-Step recovery program that includes therapies such as SMART Recovery® meetings. Lucida clients may take part in non-traditional support meetings where they learn about self-empowerment and self-reliance. Based on scientific research, SMART Recovery® meetings are educational and include open discussions. SMART Recovery® teaches four main points. Those points are building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and living a balanced life.

Seeking help at a treatment center is an important decision. Call 1.866.947.7299 today so you can find out if Lucida Treatment Center’s dual diagnosis treatment center in Lantana, Florida is the right choice for you or your loved one for recovery.