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Making Recovery Easy – Strategies To Overcome Dual Diagnosis Struggles


Mental health issues and struggles with substance abuse frequently coexist.

According to the 2014 survey on drug use and health carried out by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 7.9 million Americans suffer these co-occurring disorders.

While dual diagnosis is fairly common, the severity of one or both of these problems may vary. For instance, binge drinking may induce mild depression, while heroin abuse can severely enhance symptoms of bipolar disorder (BPD).
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders? There are ways to overcome both and live your life free of these struggles.

Establishing the correct diagnosis is the first step: It is difficult, but important, to establish an accurate diagnosis.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms, for example, may result in anxiety and/or panic attacks. For establishing anxiety disorder diagnosis, these symptoms must occur separately too. Correct diagnosis will lead the way for appropriate treatment.

Understanding the link between mental health disorders and drug addiction:Mental health disorders and addiction are linked in a number of different ways. For instance, substance abuse may instigate, enhance or even reduce symptoms of psychiatric disorders. This may lead to chronic drug usage to ward off psychiatric symptoms.
Furthermore, substance withdrawal may mimic the symptoms of these disorders as we stated above. Both acute and chronic addiction can cause reemergence of psychological disorders. This is why it is necessary to address both these issues.

Adhere to treatment for both addiction and psychiatric disorders: Once the diagnosis is confirmed, you must seek and adhere to treatment for both of these disorders. Sticking to medications (if prescribed) and psychotherapy programs, and maintenance of sobriety is important.All of these individual treatments impact the final outcome.

Incorporate mind-body medicine in the regimen: Mind-body medicine includes techniques such as meditation and yoga. Practicing these activities along with adhering to proper treatment helps relieve stress and dependence on drugs.

Individuals have often found meditation helpful when they have an urge to use drugs or are suffering through a psychiatric episode due to a mental health disorder.

Assess risk for self medication or relapse: In order to assess risk for substance abuse relapse or self medication for psychological issues, you should take note of your mood patterns or cravings.

List down all the times you felt an urge to use an abusive substance, or when you went through any of the symptoms associated with your psychological disorder.

Giving attention to physical health: Mental health is affected by your physical health. Taking care of your physical aspect will help reduce both, the cravings and psychological symptoms. So eat healthy, go for morning walks, and exercise to maintain a good physical health.

Reach out for help- It’s just around the corner: Fighting not one but two disorders at once is very brave.

However, you do not have to do it alone. Seek support from your friends and family; it will motivate you to complete the treatment.

There are also several peer support groups and counseling programs promoted or offered by drug abuse treatment centers. These groups offer a positive outlook and encourage you for completing the treatment successfully.

At Fusion Recovery, we offer substance abuse treatment and mental health therapy programs, along with a treatment regimen for dual diagnoses. You can apply for our treatment services with a simple online registration. Take control of your life and health!


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