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Liberty Bay Recovery offers treatment for patients afflicted with mental health and substance abuse problems in our dual diagnosis treatment programs at our holistic addiction treatment center in Portland, Maine.

We are able to prescribe and refill medication for both anxiety and depression. We find that more severe mental health concerns may arise after you spend some time clean and sober. If we notice anything concerning, we do our best to find you the psychiatric help you need while you are receiving treatment.

What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

man receiving dual diagnosis treatmentWe consider individuals to require dual diagnosis treatment if they suffer from an emotional or psychiatric illness alongside a 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 and also provide the following:

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

While Liberty Bay Recovery offers a range of psychological services in Portland, Maine. When it comes to psychiatric services, we generally refer out to other trusted organizations. This is to ensure that each person that walks through our doors has access to the individualized, quality care they need to succeed. We aim to provide the best dual diagnosis treatment Portland Maine can offer.

We also offer crisis intervention, which exists to help family members get their loved ones into treatment. Once they start a treatment program, clients can take advantage of offerings such as medically managed services, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program, and a dialectical behavior therapy program.

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).

  • 53% of drug abusers also receive a mental illness diagnosis
  • 37% of alcohol abusers also have a mental illness diagnosis
  • 29% of psychiatric patients also have alcohol or drug addictions

These startling statistics make it clear that dual diagnosis treatment programs are an essential part of addiction treatment.

Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis

All individuals that require dual diagnosis treatment are dependent on drugs or alcohol. However, their other symptoms vary depending on the psychiatric disorder that affects them. The most common psychiatric illnesses we see in dual diagnosis patients are personality or mood disorders. These include illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and many others.

Which Develops First?

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. This dependence can compound the original psychiatric disorder. However, treatment must address both 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 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. Of course, treatment can help alleviate the destructive effects of both conditions, restoring hope for the future.

Call Liberty Bay Recovery

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. To make accessing treatment easier, we accept most insurance plans. We also provide convenient options for affordable self-pay plans.

Our rehab programs in Portland, Maine include:

If you or a relative suffer from drug or alcohol dependency and a psychiatric disorder, the dual diagnosis treatment that Liberty Bay offers 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. Call us today at (855) 607-8758 to find out how Liberty Bay Recovery can help.