This is a time where there is a lot of concern surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and we know that many clients are choosing to stay home in order to avoid the virus and stop it’s spread. Social distancing is extremely important to us as we understand that it’s going to take a group effort in order to slow down the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, this is also a time when many people are turning to substances as a way to cope, and there are many others who currently need treatment. Despite the current events, there is still a need for quality treatment- MD Home Detox is continuing to provide that in the safety of the client’s home.
We wanted to make sure that you and your patients are aware of the Intervention and In-Home Detox services that we offer, and we’re available to chat if you want to learn more about this unique solution during this time. We’re dedicated to helping people begin- and continue- on the path of recovery through this outbreak. Our staff is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure our team and our clients are properly screened as we continue to provide our services. In order to do this we are doing the following:
- All Nurses & Doctors are screened & tested
- All Patients are screened
- Sanitation & cleanliness is a top priority (as it always has been).
We’ve always felt that our clients deserve to receive treatment in the privacy and safety of their own homes. During this time, we are continuing to provide our key services, which include:
- Private nurse services
- In-home detoxification
- Mental health stabilization
- Family education and counseling
If you have any questions about treatment, the precautions we’re taking, or how we can help your client that may be avoiding treatment at this time, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-888-592-7931.
Please stay safe and stay healthy.
The MD Home Detox Team
Living with an undiagnosed mental health disorder can lead some individuals attempting to alleviate the overwhelming symptoms with drugs or alcohol. Conversely, drug and alcohol abuse can lead to the onset of mental health disorder symptoms that can exacerbate addiction. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 9.5 million adults in the United States have a dual diagnosis.
When someone has a dual diagnosis it means that they are addicted to drugs or alcohol and also have an underlying mental health disorder. It is estimated that roughly half of all people who seek treatment for addiction also have one or more mental disorders. Often one diagnosis can mask the symptoms of the other, which makes it difficult to pinpoint which disorder — addiction or mental illness — started first.
There are several indicators that can increase the likelihood of someone receiving a dual diagnosis:
Family history — Oftentimes if someone has a family history of substance abuse, mental illness, or both, it can indicate a likelihood of developing addiction or mental health disorder.
Mental health disorders — Preexisting mental health disorders, even if undiagnosed, can lead to substance abuse disorder. Certain conditions, like bipolar disorder, can make an individual more likely to engage in risky behavior, like binge drinking, which can lead to addiction.
Substance abuse — Frequent use of drugs and alcohol can change the way the brain behaves and responds to environmental influences. These changes can lead to the onset of mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.
There is no one specific mental health disorder and addiction combination. Because of the prevalence of mental health disorders among those seeking treatment for addiction, any possible combination of one or more mood disorders and substance abuse disorder may be present at the onset of treatment. Common mental health disorders include:
Depression disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, dysthymia
Anxiety disorders: obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized and social anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder
It is also not uncommon for individuals with certain types of personality disorders, like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder, to have a concurrent substance abuse disorder.
Generally a person will receive a dual diagnosis when they enter into treatment for addiction. During the intake exam, the addiction treatment specialist will take the person’s full history — including physical and psychological symptoms.
— Symptoms of a substance abuse disorder include:
— Frequent use of drugs or alcohol
— Binge drinking
— Inability to stop using drugs or alcohol, despite consequences to health, life, and relationships
— Withdrawal symptoms when drugs or alcohol are not used, including shaking, intestinal distress, cold sweats
— Mood swings and personality changes
— Difficulties in key life areas: work, social, relationships, or school
— Social isolation
Symptoms of a mental health disorder will vary, depending on the type of disorder and whether it is a mood or personality disorder, but can include:
— Fatigue or lethargy
— Confusion and inability to concentrate
— Mood swings
— Irritability, anger, emotional outbursts
— Changes in appetite and weight fluctuations
— Fear and avoidance
— Social isolation
— Lack of interest in activities
— Suicidal thoughts or ideation
When someone has a dual diagnosis, symptoms of both substance abuse and mental illness may be exacerbated. It may also involve more intense and longer treatment, depending on the severity of symptoms and length of time they have been occurring. However, in order to effectively treat people with a dual diagnosis, both the addiction and mental health disorder need to be addressed concurrently.
Treatment plans are developed to address the individuals unique needs, specific to their diagnoses. Most treatment involves an integrated approach that may involve the use of medications and therapies, such as:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) — CBT is an approach to mental health and addiction treatment that involves addressing unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors, and relearning more helpful and healthy coping mechanisms.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) — DBT is a form of therapy that helps people to live in the moment and improve distress tolerance. It is used to help individuals develop better emotional regulation and address negative thought patterns that lead to self-destructive behavior.
Group therapy — Group therapy is a beneficial form of treatment, especially for addressing substance abuse disorders. Group sessions are based on a model of peer support, empathy, and understanding which can improve treatment outcomes.
Other effective treatment options include: EMDR, holistic treatment, mindfulness and meditation, art therapy, and 12-step programs.
If you or someone you love has a dual diagnosis, it’s important to get treatment that addresses both the addiction and mental health disorder. The expert treatment specialists at MD Home Detox will work with you to lay the groundwork for successful recovery from your dual diagnosis disorder. Our integrated and personalized treatment plans will help identify and treat the root of the problem to set you up for successful recovery. Call us at 888-592-7931 or contact us today to find out more about our dual diagnosis treatment options.
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