Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

It may be difficult to diagnose co-occurring conditions. Substance abuse or addiction symptoms can obscure symptoms of mental illness, and mental illness symptoms can be confused with addiction symptoms. People who suffer from mental illnesses may fail to treat their drug abuse because they do not believe it is related to their problems. A Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center is recommended for people who continue to struggle with mental health and co-occurring substance abuse issues.

Signs of Dual Diagnosis

  • Failure to take care of work
  • Failure to maintain useful communication
  • Self medicating mental health symptoms with drugs or alcohol 
  • Financial problems and legal issues
  • Bad emotional episodes or a lack of control over their emotions
  • Uncontrolled use of drugs or alcohol 

What is Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorder?

Co-occurring, also called dual diagnoses disorder, or comorbidity, means a person has a diagnosis of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Because one disorder can mask the symptoms of other, it is often difficult to determine which came first, and make it more difficult to diagnose.  

Unfortunately, more than 50% of Americans living with a Dual Diagnosis did not get any treatment for either disorder.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at Omega Recovery

In the modern digital age we’ve seen an epidemic spike in dual diagnoses disorders–especially amongst young adults. Record rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, personality disorders, substance abuse, overdoses, increased ADHD and overall malaise. And that was all before Covid; since Covid, depression rates have tripled, anxiety rates have hit record levels and suicides have dramatically increased. According to depression researcher Dr. Steven Ilardi, “Americans are 10 times more likely to have depressive illness than they were 60 years ago…and a recent study found the rate of depression has more than doubled in just the past decade”.

Why? Why the sudden rise in dual diagnoses treatment centers for the mentally unwell?

Dr. Kardaras and Dr. Ilardi think that they’ve found the answer: Increased rates of depression  and other mental health woes like anxiety and addiction are a byproduct of our modernized, industrialized and urbanized lives. Our love affair with social media and the gadgets and comforts of being a highly technologically evolved society have made us more sedentary, more isolated and put us on a never-ending treadmill of overworking, under-sleeping and hyper-stressing.
Young people in particular are increasingly depressed, and their identity and ways of thinking are increasingly and adversely shaped and influenced by their social media platforms and the “social validation feedback loops” that are engineered into our lives via social media . So while there is the illusion of connection via social media, research indicates that Millennials are the loneliest generation, with 25% indicating that they don’t have a single friend. 
More lonely, stressed, depressed and anxious than ever before, young adults in the digital age are trapped in toxic lifestyles. According to Dr. Ilardi: “We’ve been engineering the activity out of our lives. The levels of bright-light exposure-time spent outdoors-have been declining. The average adult gets just over six and a half hours of sleep a night. It used to be nine hours a night. There’s increasing isolation, fragmentation, the erosion of community. We feel perpetually stressed.”

Evidence-based modalities for Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Peer Recovery Coaching 

Nature Immersion 

Outdoor Behavioral Health

Narrative Therapy and the “Hero’s Journey”


Yoga and Somatic Techniques

Help for Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorders

The more Dr. Ilardi looked at the commonalities of these mentally healthy societies, the more he was able to tease out certain common variables; things like living in a close-knit community, being more physically active, having a greater sense of purpose in their lives, not ruminating on the negative. Armed with his findings, he developed a protocol based on these elements called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) and discovered amazing research results when incorporated into the lives of modern Americans.
And there is one other key factor as well: For many, the modern age has also vacuumed out a sense of meaning and purpose out of people’s lives. At Omega Recovery, we that that many of our clients are indeed undergoing an existential crisis of meaning and purpose and turning to toxic habits and behaviors to fill the emptiness. In these cases, existential exploration and finding a sense of life purpose is critical in the healing process. 
Dr. Kardaras has incorporated “Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes” into the clinical protocols of Omega Recovery in Austin: Unplugging from electronic devices, developing a sense of healing community, physical exercise within a group/community setting, immersing oneself in nature–all combined with existential exploration and traditional psychotherapy and evidence based modalities like CBT and DBT can literally be life-saving.
When all of the abovementioned elements are combined together in treatment, the results are often nothing less than human alchemy– a complete psychic transformation. 

Do You Suffer From Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorders?

OMEGA Recovery offers dual diagnoses treatment in Texas. We assist those who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Clients can find a wide choice of therapy options through the dual diagnosis’s treatment TX rehabs. One of the most effective strategies to treat a coexisting disorder is finding the correct type of therapy.  Our ultimate goal is to find the correct form of therapy and build a lasting foundation in your recovery.

Contact Us for Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

My Dual Diagnosis & Co-Occurring Disorder is Ruining My Life–or My Child’s Life—What can I do?
While hundreds of Dual Diagnosis treatment centers exist throughout the nation, treatment options in the Texas had been almost non-existent.
But now that’s changed. Omega Recovery offers the best, evidence-based, most immersive and transformative Dual Diagnosis  treatment center for young adults in the United States.

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