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Mental and physical illnesses often contribute to alcohol and drug addiction. Many people who don't know how to handle their psychological or physical pain turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to medicate themselves. For this reason, it is important to choose a dual diagnosis rehab center if you are struggling to stop using drugs or drinking alcohol and you also suffer from a mental health issue. Dual diagnosis rehabilitation centers treat underlying issues as well as addiction. Call 1-888-341-7785 if you want to discuss rehab options.

Do You Need an Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Program?

Rehabilitation programs are divided into inpatient and outpatient programs. Inpatient programs require participants to live at the rehabilitation center for the duration of their treatment. Participants may or may not be allowed to leave the center or have visitors, depending on the specific center's rules. Outpatient programs allow the patient to live at home and are less disruptive to the participants' lives. These programs are designed for recovering addicts who don't need intensive interventions.

"Rehabilitation programs are divided into inpatient and outpatient programs."Some people benefit more from inpatient treatment than outpatient treatment. Inpatient dual diagnosis rehab programs are more intensive because participants receive therapy every day, have the opportunity to attend support groups on a daily basis, and are immersed in a community of people who are also learning to live without drugs or alcohol. However, this type of treatment can be very disruptive to your personal life; you have to take a leave of absence from your job and may not see your family often.

Is Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Private and Confidential Enough to Meet My Needs?

Although all dual diagnosis rehab programs respect confidentiality--for example, discussions with your therapists or doctors are confidential, and any diagnoses you are given can't be shared with the general public--some rehabilitation services are more private than others. Some dual diagnosis rehabilitation facilities disguise themselves as hotels or ordinary buildings, while others are clearly marked as rehab centers. In addition, not all rehabilitation programs offer you private rooms. You may need to pay extra if you don't want to have a roommate, in many of these programs.

How Long Does Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Last?

You and your doctors will discuss your treatment plan during the intake and assessment portion of your rehabilitation. Your stay at an inpatient dual diagnosis rehab facility can last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days, and some programs can even last up to a year. If you have been ordered by a court to attend rehab, your initial stay will be based on the court order; otherwise, it's up to you. In most cases, your doctors and therapists will evaluate your progress at the end of the initial rehab period and help you decide whether or not to extend your stay.

Treatment Protocol

Most dual diagnosis rehabilitation centers follow a specific protocol for treatment. Although some aspects of your program may be different, especially if you choose a rehab center that doesn't follow the 12-step model, you can expect to encounter the following at any dual diagnosis treatment center:

  • An intake and assessment period. When you first enter rehab, staff members need to know exactly what your issues are so they can determine how best to help you. You'll have to talk to intake personnel about your history and about what you hope to get out of attending rehab. The intake staff can then assess your situation and determine what services you need.
  • Therapy and counseling. You will receive regular psychotherapy and counseling to try to help you overcome your addiction. Your therapy will also address underlying issues and psychological disorders, eating disorders, behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, etc. that may contribute to your drug or alcohol use. Both therapists and doctors will help you get other mental and physical disorders under control so you stop feeling the need to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.
  • Care specific to your dual diagnosis. You may have to take prescription medications or have extra therapy sessions related to the coexisting conditions that are causing you to drink or use. You may also be taught specific behaviors that can help you overcome problems caused by your diagnosis. For example, if you have Asperger syndrome, you may be taught techniques to help you feel less overwhelmed and avoid meltdowns that can lead to drug or alcohol use.
  • Aftercare. Once you finish your dual diagnosis rehab program, you usually transition to an outpatient program for at least a year. This allows you to continue to receive therapy and support so you can continue to flourish, solve problems and avoid returning to destructive or addictive behavior.

Will My Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Program Be Covered by Insurance?

Some insurance packages do cover rehabilitation services, so you will need to check with your insurer. Even if insurance doesn't cover the entire cost of rehabilitation, it may cover therapy and medications related to your other diagnosis.

If you don't have sufficient insurance to cover your dual diagnosis rehab program, you might be able to get financing from the rehab center itself. Financial packages are usually based on need; you might get a reduced rate or be allowed to pay your bills in monthly installments. Otherwise, you will have to pay out of pocket. Keep in mind that you will have to pay for your food, room and board in addition to your rehabilitation services while you are in rehab. Call 1-888-341-7785 to discuss your financial options with a trained advisor.

Does It Matter Where the Dual-Diagnosis Rehabilitation Program Is Located?

There are two reasons to consider attending a program near home. First, it'll be cheaper to go to a dual diagnosis rehab center near home because you won't have as many travel expenses. In addition, it'll probably be easier to find suitable aftercare if you live nearby.

Sometimes it pays to go to a distant dual diagnosis rehabilitation center. If there are no good programs near where you live, or there is a world-renowned program that you're really excited about somewhere else, you may want to travel some distance to rehab. Some people also prefer to attend a dual diagnosis rehab program that is far away so nobody they know will accidentally find out they are in rehab.

Staying Sober When You Come Home

"Before making an investment in a dual diagnosis rehab program, it's important to make sure you're ready to take advantage of it."Getting through an intensive dual diagnosis rehabilitation program is challenging; once you complete it, you face new challenges when you return home. Your home environment is often less structured than the environment in your dual diagnosis rehab program, and drugs are more readily available. Thus, you need to protect yourself from relapses. Here are a couple of things you can do to protect your sobriety once you come home:

  • Attend an aftercare program. It's important to keep up with therapy and ask for support from people you worked with at rehab so you are less likely to give in to temptation.
  • Avoid people who you know are still using or drinking. Don't go back to hanging out with the same crowd of people that you drank or used with before.
  • Structure your life as much as possible. Continue to set a schedule for yourself. Make sure you eat meals at regular times, sleep enough and engage in productive activity throughout the day.
  • Tell someone you can trust if you feel tempted to drink or use. Telling someone lessens your shame and guilt and makes it less likely that you will give in to temptation.

I Want to Find an Executive or Luxury Rehab Center

If corporate responsibilities have kept you or your loved one from getting help for a substance abuse problem or behavioral addiction, executive rehab programs are the answer. By combining great substance addiction and behavior treatments with the flexibility of computer and cell phone access, an executive or CEO can get healthy in privacy and style.

Many modern addiction treatment centers offer the luxury amenities one would only expect to find in the nation's finest hotels, with your success and comfort being the top priorities. From private rooms and 5-star chef-prepared meals to fine linens and gym facilities, you can get the best substance and behavior addiction treatment for yourself or your loved one while relaxing in style. If you need assistance in searching for the greatest luxury treatment facilities for dual-diagnosis disorders, call our toll-free helpline today at 1-888-341-7785.

Assessing Rehab Readiness

Before making an investment in a dual diagnosis rehab program, it's important to make sure you're ready to take advantage of it. The more you crave sobriety, the more likely you are to work as hard as you can to resolve your problems. If you or someone you love hasn't fully accepted that there's a problem that needs to be solved, rehab may not be as successful as it could be. Make sure you are going into rehab for yourself and not just because someone you love told you to.

Topics for Further Investigation

There are ways to prepare yourself for a dual diagnosis rehabilitation program. If you're worried about someone in your life, you might want to learn more about intervention, which is a systematic process of confronting an addict and convincing him or her to get help. You may also want to learn more about different treatment methods in case you aren't comfortable with the traditional 12-step program for addressing drug and alcohol addiction. Finally, you may need to learn about detoxification if you are addicted to a prescription drug or another drug that causes withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop taking it.

Whatever your addiction issue is, don't worry that it's too late for you. If you find the right dual diagnosis rehab program, you can resolve your issues and turn your life around. Ask for help today by calling 1-888-341-7785; in a couple of months, you will feel much better and stronger than you could ever imagine.

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6 thoughts on “Choosing the Best Dual Diagnosis Rehab Program”

  1. Kristina

    What are the signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis addiction?


      Dual-diagnosis addiction requires two things: symptoms of addiction and symptoms of another disorder. If somebody who already has a mental health diagnosis begins overusing drugs or alcohol, can’t limit or stop their drug or alcohol use, or is putting drugs and alcohol above their relationships, job and other responsibilities, he or she may have a dual diagnosis addiction problem.

  2. Kristina

    How can I help a dual diagnosis addict?


      The most important thing you can do for a dual-diagnosis addict is to “detach with love,” which means that you refuse to protect the addict from the consequences of his or her behavior while still expressing love for that person. You can tell the addict you are concerned about him or her, but you can neither force the addict to get help nor protect against negative consequences, such as DUIs or health problems. Continue to do the things you need to do for yourself and set boundaries with the addict; do not let him or her take advantage of you. However, if the addict does admit he or she has a problem and asks you for help, respond with love and kindness; don’t ever give up hope.

  3. Kristina

    What happens when you call a dual diagnosis hotline?


      If you call a dual diagnosis hotline, trained staff will listen to your situation and refer you to a rehab center, a therapist or a doctor for further help with your problem. Hotline staff members are trained to be nonjudgmental and helpful to addicts and the people who love them.

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