The co-occurrence of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders, such as depression or anxiety, are the norm, not the exception, and are referred to as dual diagnosis disorders or co-occurring disorders. In fact, psychological research has shown that people exposed to stress are more likely to experience addictive disorders, to continue to show signs of this disorder, or to experience a relapse. Over 50% of those individuals who abuse drugs or are addicted to drugs have at least one diagnosable psychiatric condition and even more have sub-threshold psychiatric conditions. About 35% of individuals with an alcohol-related substance abuse problem have at least one diagnosed psychiatric condition. Almost a third of all individuals with a psychiatric condition, such as depression or anxiety, also have a substance abuse problem, such as alcohol abuse or drug addiction. Some of the most frequent mental disorders found in dual diagnosis patients are: Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Eating Disorders and Schizophrenia. Our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program is designed to provide integrated treatment for both substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. We provide integrated dual diagnosis treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders.
Dual diagnosis disorder patients commit suicide at much higher rates compared to patients who have one addiction or psychiatric disorders alone. The dual diagnosis treatment of depressed substance abusers is therefore of considerable importance. It has been shown that reductions in depressive symptoms are associated with reductions both the likelihood of substance abuse and the frequency of substance use. Similarly, changes in substance abuse appear to also be linked to a reduction in depression symptoms, such that individuals with greater reductions in substance use have greater reductions in depressive symptoms (and vice versa). Therefore, reductions in substance abuse and depressive symptoms are likely to reduce risk for suicide. Our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program emphasizes the treatment of co-occurring disorders, simultaneously.
Why do People With One Disorder Develop Dual Diagnoses?
Drugs and alcohol can be used as a way of self-medicating psychiatric symptoms, such as depression or anxiety, to feel better while they are high. While alcohol and drugs may indeed help you feel better in the moment, in the long run not getting treatment for these disorders typically allow them to get worse. on. In such cases, people with mental illness may have untreated—or incompletely treated—conditions
Drugs and alcohol can also make psychiatric disorders worse. The classic case of this is when an individual who is depressed becomes suicidal when they are intoxicated. Another example is when someone with panic attacks, who is using alcohol or drugs to cope with the panic symptoms, comes down or needs detox and then has more frequent and severe panic attacks.
Drugs and alcohol can also cause psychiatric conditions. For example, young adults abusing marijuana to “calm down” may become paranoid as a reaction to the marijuana. Continued use could lead to a “substance induced psychosis”. Because substance abuse and mental health disorders are inevitably related, our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program was designed to provide integrated treatment for both psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.
Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program
This means that for a successful recovery, both the abuse of mood altering substances and the psychiatric disorder must be adequately treated. The combined treatment for psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in a dual diagnosis disorder treatment program is referred to as integrated treatment. Given the complexity of addiction and psychiatric disorders, it is not likely that there is a single method of treatment that is best for everyone. It is more likely that different treatments, as well as certain common factors, underlie a successful recovery for those in a dual diagnosis disorder intensive outpatient program.
To help people involved in alcohol or drug abuse, it is also important to understand where they are in the change process in order to engage them in dual diagnosis treatment. The treatment philosophy of our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program is based on the psychological principles of Motivational Enhancement and Stages of Change. This means we take the client where they are and help them to achieve their treatment goals with respect to their addiction and psychiatric disorders. We recognize that while abstinence is necessary for some people, it is not necessary for all people and not everyone is ready for abstinence at the same time. We are guided by a harm reduction philosophy and believe that it is better to provide integrated dual diagnosis treatment to help someone reduce the frequency and severity of harmful behaviors if they are not ready to abstain, as opposed to turning them away because they are not ready to commit to abstinence. For example, it is not uncommon for significant others, including families and friends, or supervisors at work, to recognize that someone needs help before the person him / her self recognizes their need for treatment. If these people are not ready to abstain from alcohol or drug abuse, but agree they have a problem, our research shows that we can help them.
To treat the substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program consists of less than three hours of programming per day, conducted in our private offices. To accomplish our goals of providing treatment in the least restrictive setting, preventing hospitalization and addressing the needs of the individual, our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program provides traditional group psychotherapy, skills training, and focused psycho-educational groups led by providers that are designed to meet the needs of the individuals.
Additionally, depending on the severity of the addiction and co-occurring psychiatric problems, we may supplement our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program with other treatment modalities available in the community, such as individual, couples or family therapy, support groups, church, AA, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, etc. to facilitate your recovery. We recognize that our program is only one of many in our community and other programs may be offered in conjunction with ours or may be better suited for particular individuals requiring services beyond our scope (e.g., those who need detoxification, are in imminent danger, psychotic, require hospitalization, etc.). When necessary, we will draw upon these community resources to aid us in meeting your objectives.
We are also the only intensive outpatient program in Memphis that has empirically validated outcomes, which have passed the rigor of peer reviewed publications. Our evidence based substance abuse interventions have been published in peer reviewed journals distributed by the American Psychological Association, including the American Psychologist, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, as well as in the multidisciplinary journal, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Dual Diagnosis, and in the Behavioral Outcomes and Guidelines Sourcebook. A description of our intensive outpatient program also appeared in the American Psychiatric Association’s journal, Psychiatric Services, as a program model. Our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program is the only one in Memphis that is based in a private practice, office setting.
The mission of the Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program at Mental Health Resources, PLLC is to provide a cost effective, high quality mental health care in the least restrictive setting to psychologically distressed individuals who are experiencing the effects of substance abuse or problems with alcohol abuse or drug abuse.
We are committed to providing dual diagnosis treatment, preventing hospitalization and treating the individual in their natural environment, if the patient can be safely treated in an outpatient setting. Most individuals who enter our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program do so in the midst of a crisis and require frequent, intensive, contact. MHR’s intensive program was developed expressly for the purpose of providing an intensive therapeutic environment in an outpatient setting, allowing the patient to stay at home. We are committed to providing treatment for those suffering from alcohol abuse or drug abuse and other compulsive behaviors, in the least restrictive, outpatient setting.
On the following pages, you can view descriptions and see the results of our treatment with alcohol abuse, drug abuse, dual diagnosis disorders and other forms of substance abuse. If you, or someone you care about is suffering from chemical dependency, dual diagnosis disorder, or other compulsive behaviors, please give us a call. Your life can be better, with you at the helm. Don’t let substance abuse and psychological disorders rob you of peace, fulfillment and a sense of purpose any longer.
Call us at 901-682-1434 to schedule an appointment for our dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program.