This service is dedicated to those in need of a Dual
Diagnosis Treatment Program for Addiction.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs
Dual Diagnosis treatment programs are tailor
made to specifically address the co-occurring mental and
substance abuse disorders. Many of the dual diagnosis treatment
centers treat the individual using an integrated approach
working with both the psychological and alcohol or drug dependency.
Dual Diagnosis treatment programs are a relatively new approach
to treat addiction and has gained acceptance and significant
results in treatment co-occurring substance disorders.
The need for dual diagnosis treatment programs
is growing as we discover that there is an underlying condition
that needs to be handled at the same time while treating the
There is significant evidence that shows that
almost one third of alcohol abusers and almost half of all drug
addicts have a co-occurring underlying disorder.
If we look at the general population, persons
with a psychological disorder are twice as likely to self
medicate and developed either an addiction to alcohol or drugs.
Dual diagnosis patients will have a harder
time in dealing with addiction than patients that do not have a
co-occurring mental disorder. Individuals who have a mental
illness and a co-occurring substance disorder have higher rates
of suicide and homelessness.
Brief history of Dual diagnosis treatment
Dual diagnosis treatment interventions and
"integrated" programs that truly adapted to the needs
of severely mentally ill chemical abusers (MICA) began in 1984
(Gigliotti,1986, Sciacca 1987a,1987b) in a New York State
outpatient psychiatric facility. In 1985 these integrated
treatment programs were implemented across multiple program
sites (Sciacca,1987b). Concurrently, treatment and program
elements were taught through training seminars in New York as
well as nationally. Early articles by Gigliotti, 1986 and
Sciacca, 1987a, 1987b, outlined these processes and documented
their starting dates. In September, 1986, the New York State (NYS)
Commission on Quality of Care (CQC) released the findings of
eighteen months of research. Its report (Sundram, Platt, Cashen,
1986) described the detachment and downward spiral of dually
diagnosed consumers who were bounced among different systems
with " no definitive locus of responsibility." As a
result, Governor Cuomo designated the NYS Office of Mental
Health as the lead agency responsible for coordinating
collective efforts for this population. CQC proceeded to visit
the dual diagnosis programs developed in 1984, and declared the
treatment interventions, the training, and integrated programs
to be positive solutions to the dilemmas (Gigliotti, 1986).
Form and function
For a client to succeed in a dual diagnosis
program there has to be self-motivation and a desire to get
better. The doctors and treatment teams must be able to work
together seamlessly through a coordinated treatment approach
without having to consult different departments. The
only works through a unified effort and a co-joined treatment
What to look for in a dual diagnosis
While searching for a dual diagnosis treatment
program make sure that the center has all the facts regarding
the client. Many times it is necessary to "wipe the slate
clean", meaning that a client may need to come off of all
medications first before continuing their current medication regiment.
Many addicts have been put on medication by their family doctor
or psychiatrist without disclosing the fact that there has been
drug usage going on in the present time. Once the client has
been clean and stable for 30 or so days we really see the real
person and know exactly what is going on with the patient. It is
at this point in treatment that a determination is made if there
is a need for medications to handle the underlying addiction
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