Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Portland, ME
Liberty Bay Recovery offers treatment for patients afflicted with mental health and substance abuse problems in our dual diagnosis drug rehab program at our facility in Portland, Maine.
We are able to prescribe and refill medication for anxiety and depression, but for other mental health concerns we refer out. Certainly, more severe mental health concerns may arise after you have some time clean and sober. If these traits emerge, or they were not disclosed during admission, we do our best to find outside psychiatric help while you are receiving treatment.
What Is a Dual Diagnosis?
Individuals are identified as dual-diagnosis if they suffer from emotional or psychiatric illness, as well as drug or alcohol addiction. Most people with a dual diagnosis cannot recover successfully without treatment and support for both conditions.
When it comes to substance abuse, we use support groups to aid in treating co-occurring issues that including the following:
- Mood Disorders
- Bipolar Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Attention Disorders
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How Common Is Dual Diagnosis?
Substance abuse and emotional or psychiatric illnesses often go hand-in-hand, and many people suffer from both conditions. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently released sobering statistics about dual diagnosis (sometimes referred to as co-occurring disorders or COD).
- Percentage of drug abusers diagnosed with mental illness: 53
- Percentage of alcohol abusers diagnosed with mental illness: 37
- Percentage of psychiatric patients who also have alcohol or drug addictions: 29
What Symptoms Do People with a Dual Diagnosis Experience?
All individuals with a dual diagnosis are dependent on drugs or alcohol, but their other symptoms vary based on the psychiatric disorder that affects them. The most common psychiatric illnesses we see in dual diagnosis patients are personality or mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
Which Develops First — Substance Abuse or Emotional Problems?
People often experience symptoms of psychiatric illness first and try to numb their suffering by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Over time, the use of drugs or alcohol can lead to physical and psychological dependence. When this happens, the original psychiatric disorder is compounded by the chemical dependency and both must be treated for recovery to be successful.
Others become addicted to drugs or alcohol first, experiencing symptoms of psychological illness as their substance abuse worsens. In these cases, individuals may become depressed or suicidal and suffer from hallucinations or fits of rage. Despite being triggered by the chemical dependency, these symptoms are signs of an underlying psychiatric condition.
Individuals who start abusing substances as teenagers and continue into adulthood face a higher risk of psychiatric illness because their emotional and neurological development is disrupted by substance abuse. Treatment can help alleviate the destructive effects of both conditions, restoring hope for the future.
Don’t Wait. Call Today.
There are no quick fixes for substance abuse or psychiatric illness, but there are proven treatments that can stop the damage to individuals and families before things get worse.
Call us today at 844-894-2673 to find out how Liberty Bay Recovery can help.
To make getting treatment easier, we accept most insurance plans, including Aetna, Humana, Cigna, United Health Care, Government Employee Health Association (GEHA), ValueOptions, United Medical Resources (UMR), Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Providence Health Plans, and state insurance. We also provide options for affordable self-pay plans.
Contact Liberty Bay Recovery
If you or a relative suffer from drug or alcohol dependency and a psychiatric disorder, our dual diagnosis program can help. Contact Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland Maine, and discover how our gentle approach and experienced staff can guide you through a successful detox and on the road to recovery.