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Approximately 50% of people with a substance use disorder (SUD) will also experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime.1 When a person is struggling with a mental health and substance use disorder at the same time, the conditions are classified as co-occurring disorders.1 Mental health disorder, whether co-occurring with SUDs or not, can have many causes. Trauma, genetic factors, environmental factors, or even the pre-existence of mental health or substance use disorders can lead to the development of mental health disorders.1 Those who have a mental health disorder may use alcohol as an attempt to cope with the symptoms, creating a cycle that leads to substance abuse and addiction.1

Proper diagnosis is important since substance use disorders and mental health disorders can have similar symptoms. Treating both conditions simultaneously with dual diagnosis treatment has better treatment outcomes as well.2 Luckily, there are many dual diagnosis treatment facilities for mental health disorders located locally and out-of-state that can help you find recovery.

What is Substance Abuse?

The term substance abuse is now clinically referred to as substance use disorder (SUD), and there are varying levels of severity within the diagnosis of SUD. According to the DSM-5, SUD is characterized by cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms that occur as a person continues to use a substance (or substances) despite negative consequences resulting from use.3

The DSM-5 has 11 diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders:3

  1. A substance is taken for longer periods of time than intended.
  2. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to control substance use.
  3. A great deal of time is spent obtaining, using, or recovering from a substance.
  4. Cravings.
  5. Recurrent substance use that results in a failure to fulfill obligations at work, school, or home.
  6. Continued substance use despite recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by substance use.
  7. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use.
  8. Recurrent substance use in physically hazardous situations.
  9. Substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is caused or exacerbated by the substance.
  10. Tolerance.
  11. Withdrawal.

Meeting even two of these eleven criteria can indicate the presence of an SUD. The more criteria an individual meets, the more severe the substance use disorder may be. Common warning signs in a person with a substance use disorder may include bloodshot eyes, changes in appetite or sleep, slurred speech, or difficulty in relationships. The person may neglect responsibilities at work, school, or home, give up enjoyable activities, and have sudden mood swings.4

What is a Mental Health Disorder?

Mental health disorders are sometimes referred to as mental health conditions or mental illnesses.5 The terms may be used interchangeably. In medical terms, a mental health disorder is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior, or mood, and negatively impacts everyday life. It can also affect one’s ability to relate to others.5

There is a wide range of mental health disorders; some common conditions include depression and anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).5

People exhibiting symptoms or warning signs of a mental health disorder should speak with a licensed medical professional to discuss next steps and treatment options.

Connection Between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Since substance use disorders and mental health conditions often have overlapping symptoms, it is important to have a healthcare professional properly assess and diagnose each disorder.6

Substance use disorders can trigger mental health conditions because of changes in brain function. It is also possible for mental health conditions to make a person more susceptible to substance use disorders because they self-medicate to manage symptoms of mental illness.1

Data suggests especially high rates of substance use disorders among people who have anxiety disorders, and about 25% of adults who have a serious mental illness (SMI) like major depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder also have a substance use disorder.6

Rehab Options and Programs for Dual Diagnosis Treatment

People who have co-occurring disorders can get treatment to address their particular needs simultaneously. Dual-diagnosis treatment programs often incorporate behavioral therapies and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to address multiple health conditions.7

Rehab facilities for people who have a dual diagnosis are associated with better outcomes for patients.8 For example, in a study of 351 adults in 11 different drug abuse treatment programs in Los Angeles where dual diagnosis services are provided, patients had higher rates of utilizing mental health services over a 6-month period.8 As a result, they showed significantly greater improvements in psychological functioning.8

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

The term dual diagnosis refers to a situation in which a person experiences a mental health disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously.7 It is a broad term that reflects a spectrum of levels of severity. One person could have mild depression as a result of alcohol use, while another may have a bipolar disorder and use heroin during a manic episode.7

Integrated treatment is the most common method for a person seeking dual diagnosis treatment with co-occurring disorders.7 Treatment will look slightly different for everyone as treatment plans are often tailored to meet a patient’s individual treatment needs. While treatment plans may vary, they commonly include a combination of detoxification (if needed), medication-assisted treatment, and psychotherapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).7

Mental Health Treatment Centers Near Me

Finding a mental health treatment program near you is the first step in addressing co-occurring disorders. Many facilities will be happy to discuss their offerings, and medical professionals can help you determine which treatment path is right for you.

Inpatient treatment is often necessary for those who require medically supervised detoxification. In this setting, you can be monitored 24/7 for serious physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Residential treatment might be necessary for people with severe substance use or mental health disorders who need longer-term care to stabilize. Outpatient treatment may be the best option for people with mild co-occurring disorders who are capable of incorporating treatment into their daily routines.

The stigma associated with both substance abuse and mental health disorders can often be a barrier to treatment for some people. For that reason, some people are more comfortable seeking a rehab facility away from the town or state where they reside. Others may be interested in out-of-state programs where treatment is targeted to specific populations like women, veterans, or people in the LGBTQ community. American Addiction Centers has a national rehab directory where people who are considering treatment can explore rehab programs and facilities in various states. Consider visiting our addiction treatment directory for help finding mental health facilities near you.10

Which Rehab Type is Best for Me?

Your specific diagnosis, the cost and length of treatment, and the facility’s location are all essential factors to consider when determining your best treatment and recovery options. Remember that no single type of treatment is best for everyone. Effective treatment centers are the ones that can properly diagnose and address not only your substance abuse disorder but all of your particular needs.

Another factor to keep in mind when seeking treatment is the length of time you’ll participate. While everyone’s needs will vary, research indicates that a minimum of 90 days may significantly reduce or stop substance abuse and longer treatment times support better outcomes.11

Does Insurance Cover Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other laws have changed up how insurance plans cover treatment for mental health disorders. The 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act requires that healthcare plans provide mental health benefits to the same extent as they do for physical health issues.12 It also states that if insurance carriers provide coverage for out-of-network medical/surgical procedures, then they must provide coverage for out-of-network mental health and substance use disorder treatments as well.12

While some insurance plans may cover all of your treatment for mental health disorders, this will vary greatly depending on the type of plan you have, where you are receiving treatment, and how intense the treatment is. It’s always best to check your coverage before committing to treatment. To determine your rehab insurance coverage, reach out to your insurance provider, or fill out the form below to check your coverage online.

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