Co-existing conditions often occur alongside mental illness. Research shows an estimated one-third of those with mental illness and an estimated one-half with severe mental illness suffer from co-occurring disorders or problems. These problems may include drug or substance abuse. Research also reveals that over one-third of all alcoholics and more than one-half of drug addicts suffer from mental illness. Because co-occurring conditions are often related, even inter-dependent, dual diagnosis is an essential part of effective treatment.

Dual diagnosis treatment involves identifying both co-occurring conditions as well as the underlying causes of each, their complex relationship, and more. Integrated, personalized treatments aim to tackle both conditions at the same time, giving individuals the tools they need to manage both conditions and regain lasting health. If only one-half of the problem is addressed, the other may worsen or conditions may simply manifest themselves in new forms. Integrated treatment looks at all aspects of dual diagnosis including the physical, mental, and emotional.

There are multiple layers of treatment involved in healing co-occurring conditions. Medical experts including psychologists, counselors, doctors, and nurses work in concert to offer the individual and their loved ones a total network of support through every stage of treatment. Combination therapies may include medications, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, group therapy, individual counseling, and more.

At Heather R. Hayes & Associates, we work to help families find the best treatment for the unique needs of their loved one. We understand that every case is different and that every client deserves to be shown compassion and respect at every stage. We never receive compensation from clinics or facilities. Our only goal is to help clients find the best path to health and recovery. We know how overwhelming navigating treatment options can be. If you need help finding healthcare solutions for you or a loved one, please call us today.