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Miami Dual-Diagnosis Addiction Treatment

There are a plethora of reasons that an individual may start to recreationally use alcohol or drugs. These reasons are not mutually exclusive and a person could start using substances for one reason but continue for another. It may be pure curiosity, resulting from the fact that they have seen their parents, friends, or significant other use these substances at some time in the past. They may start to recreationally use a substance because all of their friends are doing so and their desire to fit in overrides their better judgment. There are still others who start to use alcohol or drugs as a means of relieving pain or the symptoms of some underlying condition, whether physical, mental or emotional.

Self-medicating is a common precursor to the development of alcohol and drug addiction. This is especially true in the people where a mental health or emotional illness has been left untreated for an extended period of time. Often times people who suffer from one of these conditions for a prolonged time period will reach a point of desperation and begin to seek out viable options to alleviate their symptoms. No longer able to cope with lasting depression, unprovoked mood swings, racing thoughts, anxieties, the inability to concentrate or think clearly, or any number of debilitating and harmful symptoms, individuals turn to substance abuse as a method to ease their suffering.

" Self-medicating is a common precursor to the development of alcohol and drug addiction. "

The question often arises why don’t these people seek out the professional help that they need rather than self-medicate through drugs and alcohol? There is not a singular answer for this, but many people who seek self-medication as a means to alleviate symptoms of some other underlying condition are not even aware of that condition in the first place. This is most common among teens and young adults. A person suffering from racing thoughts and the inability to concentrate may have been suffering from this their whole life and so they themselves are not aware that what they are dealing with is something that they need professional help for. So eventually when they are introduced to drugs and alcohol and notice the effect that these substances have on them, they begin to almost unknowingly self-medicate as a way to improve their quality of life.

Besides this, it is also often difficult for someone to admit to not only themselves but someone else as well, that they need help. This fear of asking for help has caused a great many people to choose to self-medicate rather than seek out the treatment options that were available to them. On the other hand, there are also those who sought help but for one reason or another did not like the effects produced by the medications or therapies that they were engaged with. Once they found drugs and alcohol, they thought they had found their answer, but the problem is, that the abuse of drugs and alcohol eventually turns on a person and the very thing that was once the solution to all of their problems turns into the stuff of nightmares as it begins to tear their life apart

What Exactly is Dual-Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction?

Unfortunately, one of the primary contributors to the individuals described above is the presence of comorbid, or co-occurring medical conditions that have been left undiagnosed, or untreated. This results in these individuals taking matters into their own hands in order to solve their problems. In fact, the high instances of mental and emotional disorders among those who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction reflects the truth that many of the people who are currently addicted to drugs or alcohol are addicted due to their need to self-medicate. Studies have shown that roughly one in ten individuals from the general population suffer from some sort of an addiction, but almost half of individuals who suffer from schizophrenia, one in four who suffer from depression, three out of five who suffer from Bipolar I disorder, and half of those suffering from Bipolar II disorder also suffer from an addiction. The larger instances of drug and alcohol abuse amongst people suffering from some sort of mental illness show that addiction can be a symptom of something larger and that it is manifested through self-medication.

At Holistic Recovery Centers, we recognize that some of our patient’s addictions are directly linked to other conditions. Our dual-diagnosis treatment program offers individualized treatment for those individuals who suffer from co-occurring disorders, usually meaning addiction and some other underlying mental health condition. Holistic Recovery Centers’ dual-diagnosis treatment program incorporates support for secondary mental and emotional conditions directly into and alongside our core recovery curriculum. This allows those who suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other condition, to receive the care that is necessary in order to manage their conditions and prevent further relapse back into substance abuse.

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Quality Professional Care for Those with Co-Occurring Disorders

The dual-diagnosis addiction treatment program at Holistic Recovery Centers consists of the highest quality holistic and evidence-based treatments, which give our patients the means that they need in order to overcome chemical dependency. This program acknowledges the central role that mental and emotional disorders have had in the development of some of our patients’ addiction and that in order for them to overcome their addiction these disorders must be addressed.

Those patients enrolling in Holistic Recovery Centers’ dual-diagnosis addiction treatment program will benefit from all of the same benefits afforded those patients in our addiction treatment program, but just with a further emphasize on their underlying mental or emotional conditions. They will receive:

· Psychotherapy
· Addiction education
· Family and group counseling
· Life skills building sessions
· Psychoeducational and process groups
· In-depth aftercare planning


In addition to these programs patients in our dual-diagnosis program can also take advantage of the holistic and supplements offerings included at Holistic Recovery Centers, like:

· Yoga
· Guided meditation
· Chiropractic care
· Massage therapy
· Acupuncture
· Physical education
· Nutritional education

To combat the increased rate of relapse among those with comorbid or co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis patients will receive extra counseling, and if necessary, the medicinal interventions that they have been lacking in their lives. This will allow them to manage the mental and emotional conditions that in part caused their repeated relapses and allow them to live healthy and productive lives.

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Experience Individual Dual-Diagnosis Addiction Treatment at Holistic Recovery Centers

Just as no two people are the same, no two individuals suffer from addiction in quite the same manner. Many have had success with Holistic Recovery Centers’ standard residential inpatient and outpatient programs, and to that same end, many have had success with Holistic Recovery Centers’ dual-diagnosis treatment program as well. Upon entering a Holistic Recovery Centers program, each individual receives a full psychiatric evaluation in order to assess his or her specific recovery needs and determine whether dual-diagnosis or other support is needed.



If extra support is needed we are fully equipped to handle this and help those who have suffered in silence for so many years find their path out of the darkness, and onto the road of recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction to alcohol or drugs and would like to learn more about our dual-diagnosis addiction treatments, call Holistic Recovery Centers today at 1-877-723-7117.

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