In some cases, a loved one suffering from addiction may also have a diagnosable mental health condition. The presence of this dual diagnosis, or “co-occurring psychiatric disorder” can make it difficult to get them to comply with treatment recommendations. Many co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or bipolar disorder, lead to feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, or fear. Addiction creeps in as the individual uses harmful substances to manage the painful symptoms of mental illness.
Dual diagnosis is a relatively new phenomenon. Prior to the 1990s, addiction and mental illness were treated separately. Studies have shown that it is more effective to look at these conditions holistically and pursue integrated treatment for both diagnoses. Intervention is often the best way to prevent potentially life-threatening addiction consequences and convince a patient to enter into treatment.
What to Expect During a Dual-Diagnosis Intervention
Next Step Intervention professionals are experienced in managing the needs of dual-diagnosis clients, and can help to facilitate a successful intervention even in the most stressful situations. An intervention meeting consists of the affected individual, a facilitator, and a group of involved family or friends gathering in a neutral place. During a dual-diagnosis intervention, attendees often take turns discussing the impact of a loved one’s substance abuse on health, work, and relationships. Interventions have the potential to become heated since emotions run high. A professional Next Step Intervention facilitator will guide the conversation and prevent it from becoming destructive.
Interventionists tailor dual-diagnosis addiction meetings to an individual’s existing mental health disorders to optimize chances of success. Taking the addicted person’s state of mind into account, Next Step Intervention specialists adopt an educated, reassuring approach to minimize anxiety, anger, or distress during the meeting.
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Dual-diagnosis addiction treatment is often more complicated than straightforward addiction cases, and professional intervention may be a last resort in saving a friend or family member from continuing to hurt themselves and those close to them. Your intervention specialist will provide the resources needed to confront dual-diagnosis substance abuse and direct your loved one’s treatment for co-occurring disorders. To learn more about possible intervention approaches or request an intervention for a friend or relative, call our interventionist directly today at 1-800-298-1850.