Lucida 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.

Problems with drugs and alcohol may be the initial reason you decide to go into treatment, but if other difficulties – with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for example – aren’t addressed at the same time, it could be very tough to sustain long-term sobriety.

Anyone with multiple disorders needs specialized dual diagnosis treatment in a facility that has the expertise, resources and multidisciplinary staff to deliver effective, comprehensive and compassionate care.

Expert treatment for dual disorders in a healing environment. Call Lucida. 844-874-8503

Causes of Dual Diagnosis

No one sets out to have a mental health disorder, just as no one actively seeks to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Risk for developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol is influenced by a person’s biology, age or stage of development, and their social environment, among other factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance that taking drugs or alcohol may lead to addiction.

By the same token, mental illness is thought to be caused by a number of biological, psychological and environmental factors. Genetics play a 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, psychological trauma in childhood, including emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse, the death of a parent during early childhood, and a poor ability to relate to others.

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

Among those with dual diagnosis, sometimes it’s the mental health disorder that develops first, while other times, drug and alcohol abuse is primary. 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 or drugs or a traumatic event, depression, panic disorder, anxiety or some other mental health issue, the compounding effect of dual diagnosis worsens over time without treatment.

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.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps our clients identify dysfunctional beliefs, build skills to replace substance use and manage cravings and triggers, enhance motivation and willingness to stick with treatment, and develop a contingency management plan and a relapse prevention plan that emphasizes functional analysis of drug use cues and systematic training of alternative responses to those cues.

Through rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), our clients learn the association between activating events, beliefs and behavioral consequences related to their addictive behavior. REBT teaches them 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 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. In it, clients identify readiness to initiate changes in their life, resolve any ambivalence they feel related to changes, and find the motivation to pursue desired change.

Participation in mutual support group meetings is woven into the treatment plan for clients with dual disorders. In addition to traditional 12-Step involvement, Lucida offers non 12-Step alternatives 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: building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors, living a balanced life.

This is an important decision. Call 844-874-8503 today to find out if Lucida is the right choice for you or your loved one.

This entry was posted on January 27, 2014 and modified on May 2, 2019