20 Aug What is a Dual Diagnosis Holistic Recovery Center?
Increasingly widespread, dual diagnoses (also known as co-occurring disorders) affect over 7.9 million people in the US today. They’re complex and carry far-reaching consequences, and if you struggle with one, you know that finding the right treatment for it is both absolutely critical and hard to do. Let’s take a look at exactly what dual diagnoses are and how they can be treated.
What are Co-Occurring Disorders?
A dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder, is when an addiction and a mental health disorder occur at the same time. Some of the most common co-occurring disorders are:
- Alcoholism and anti-social personality disorder
- Opioids and trauma/ PTSD
- Cocaine addiction and anxiety disorders
- Heroin addiction and depression
These disorders work both ways: people might turn to substances to self-medicate the symptoms of their mental health issue, or they might develop mental health disorders as a result of their substance abuse. In what’s known as a “synergistic effect”, each disorder can also trigger the other, causing both conditions to worsen. This is what makes dual diagnoses especially complicated.
Since it can be hard to distinguish symptoms of each disorder from one another, they can be tricky to diagnose, which means that many people live with them for quite some time before they get the treatment they need. Dual diagnoses are best treated at the same time, in what’s known as “integrated treatment”.
How Does Holistic Treatment Work for Co-Occurring Disorders?
Holistic treatment is especially effective in healing those struggling with dual diagnoses. Addiction and mental health disorders take place on multiple levels – they affect your body, heart, mind, soul and spirit – and your treatment should address all of those levels, too. In fact, studies show that treatment centers that use holistic therapies have better program-completion rates, meaning holistic approaches significantly improve your chances of a making a thorough and lasting recovery.
This is especially true for co-occurring trauma and addiction, which has been proven to respond well to holistic treatment. Therapeutic body work, for example, can be hugely beneficial to people who might feel uncomfortable verbalizing their trauma in talk therapy.
Learning to harness the healing power of ancient wellness-promoting practices like yoga, mindfulness meditation, breathwork, energy medicine and spiritual development can not only set the stage for a more well-rounded and complete recovery, but equip you with the tools you need to manage your disorders and self-soothe during stressful moments throughout your life.
How The Sanctuary Treats Co-Occurring Disorders
At The Sanctuary, we use our extensive, scientific knowledge of addiction and mental health disorders in a non-12-Step, holistic approach that aggressively treats co-occurring disorders at the same time. We offer a wide range of therapies to heal your whole self, including:
- Consultations with a Doctor of Functional Medicine
- Individual, family and group counseling
- An organic superfood program and nutritional support
- Music therapy
We understand that treating an addiction or mental health concern is just one aspect of your overall picture – in order to find your purpose, fulfillment and happiness, you must listen to your spirit and tune in to your soul’s desires. And our compassionate, encouraging addiction and mental wellness experts can help you do just that.
Learn more about our work with dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders here, or call us at 877.710.3385.