Worldwide, 7.9 million people have co-occurring conditions; they struggle with both a substance abuse problem as well as a mental health disorder. At Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, we recognize this complex situation and have treatments designed to treat them together, rather than as separate issues.
What Is Chemical Dependency?
You can be a substance user without being chemically dependent, but, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, when your body develops a “physical and/or psychological addiction to a psychoactive (mind-altering) substance” like narcotics, alcohol, or nicotine, you have developed a chemical dependency.
If you are concerned about your use or that of a loved one, you can watch for:
- Withdrawal from a usual social circle
- Withdrawal symptoms when not using
- Radical changes in behavior
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Increasing tolerance to drugs and alcohol
- Inability to quit using
- Inability to function without drugs
What Are Dual Diagnosis Centers in Georgetown?
The Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care (CCISC) Model was developed by Dr. Ken Minkoff just after the turn of the century, and is now commonly referred to as “Dual Diagnosis and Treatment.”
Prior to the implementation of dual diagnosis centers like Georgetown Behavioral, substance abuse and mental health issues were treated separately, and usually sequentially, as if there was no correlation between the two. Oftentimes the substance abuse issue was treated first, as it was the most physically damaging, and then mental health treatment would begin.
Separate treatment of a substance abuse problem is like putting a band-aid on a scrape. It helps with that injury, but what made you fall down in the first place?
An integrated treatment has been found to be more effective than sequential treatment. Due to the frequency of substance abuse co-occurring with mental health disorders, integrated treatment is much more successful.
Contact Georgetown Behavioral Today
Our dual diagnosis approach uses a combination of education, stress management, medication management, and support groups in an uplifting atmosphere to help treat co-occurring mental health issues and drug addiction. We are available 24/7, so please contact us today to start on your road to recovery.