Mental Health Care And Substance Abuse Treatment

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Drug addiction is a disease of the brain and a lot of times individuals who suffer with addiction also have other mental disorders. For individuals suffering with both one issue becomes very hard to treat because another issue is intertwined. Anyone who is entering a treatment program should be assessed for the co- occurrence of both substance use and a mental disorder. Research has proven that treating both (or multiple) illnesses at the same time in an integrated fashion is generally the best treatment approach for these patients.
No single treatment works for everyone, treatment is different for everyone and it should be tailored depending on the individual’s issues and their characteristics. Matching treatment settings, interventions and services to an individual’s specific needs is critical to his or her efforts in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace and society.
Dual diagnosis recovery blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Instead of treating each disorder separately and through two separate programs, the issues are being treated as part of a continuum. Clinicians who work in the addiction field can now be trained in the treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders.
To have an effective treatment plan both issues (addiction and mental illness) needs to be considered. It is also important that the treatment be appropriate to the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity and culture.
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