About half of all people who experience addiction to drugs or alcohol also deal with a dual diagnosis. Having mental illness alongside addiction complicates anyone’s life. Discovery Place offers one of the only nonprofit dual diagnosis treatment centers in Tennessee. Our men’s only facility helps men in two ways. First, we teach them to become sober. Second, we help them manage their mental health. In fact, when both of these areas are in control, life becomes much more manageable.

What is Dual Diagnosis Disorder?

A person with a dual diagnosis disorder has an addiction to drugs or alcohol and a mental illness. It may be just one or several diagnosable mental illnesses. These can include things like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. While each condition is serious on its own, when combined, they make life even more difficult.

Addiction and mental illness often feed off each other. A person struggling with a substance use disorder can end up increasing their mental illness symptoms. In addition, they often end up turning to drugs or alcohol to help ease the symptoms of poor mental health. For example, someone with depression may drink alcohol to improve their moods.

To add, someone dealing with anxiety may take opioids to feel calmer. When these two conditions complicate each other, professional help becomes necessary. Dual diagnosis treatment centers in Tennessee can provide a way out of the darkness.

Signs and Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis Disorder

It can be hard to recognize when a person has a dual diagnosis. Not everyone exhibits the same signs and symptoms.

Nevertheless, common ones include:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Anxiety or feeling panicky
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches or digestive issues, with no obvious cause
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Loss of interest in relationships or activities
  • Isolating
  • Past or present diagnosis of one or more mental health disorders

If a person recognizes two or more of these symptoms, they may need specialized care. Dual diagnosis treatment centers in Tennessee provide individualized care that makes a real difference.

Most Common Dual Diagnosis Disorders

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that in 2020, 17 million American adults had a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis can cover several different kinds of mental illnesses. Furthermore, it can include more than just one type per person.

The most common types of dual diagnosis include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders

Mental health challenges can occur with any type of addiction. These addictions include alcohol, cocaine, heroin, opioids, prescription drugs, meth, hallucinogens, and more. A person might initially start with one substance preference but go on to abuse another type. As well, they might have one type of mental illness, such as depression, that co-occurs with another one. A trained medical professional can provide an assessment to find out if a dual diagnosis exists. 

How is Dual Diagnosis Treated?

Dual diagnosis treatment generally starts with a detox program. This allows the person to get through the withdrawal process. After this, they are sober and able to address the next steps in treatment. Many people choose a residential program, which involves living at a facility. As a result, they can work on their sobriety and mental health without distractions.

Clinicians will provide the support needed to stay sober while also understanding the possible causes of the addiction. Alongside addiction care, a person receives treatment for their mental health challenges. This type of help can also be provided in outpatient programs. Those involve attending treatment during the day and going back home at night.

Medications can factor into treatment for both addiction and mental illness. An assessment can help set the stage for any needed meds. They can help with improving mental health. As well, they can ease withdrawal symptoms and substance cravings. Some medication needs are temporary. Others prove beneficial when used in the long term.

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Benefits of Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Tennessee

Dual diagnosis treatment generally starts with a detox program. This allows the person to get through the withdrawal process. After this, they are sober and able to address the next steps in treatment. Many people choose a residential program, which involves living at a facility. As a result, they can work on their sobriety and mental health without distractions.

Clinicians will provide the support needed to stay sober while also understanding the possible causes of the addiction. Alongside addiction care, a person receives treatment for their mental health challenges. This type of help can also be provided in outpatient programs. Those involve attending treatment during the day and going back home at night.

Medications can factor into treatment for both addiction and mental illness. An assessment can help set the stage for any needed meds. They can help with improving mental health. As well, they can ease withdrawal symptoms and substance cravings. Some medication needs are temporary. Others prove beneficial when used in the long term.

Contact Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Tennessee

When a person deals with an addiction, life becomes difficult. It’s even more challenging when they also struggle with a dual diagnosis. Discovery Place in Nashville offers professional treatment for both conditions. Contact us today and let us tell you how we can help you regain your mental and physical health.

Testimonials

  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
    Alumni
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
    Alumni
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
    Alumni
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham
    Alumni

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