What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis treatment addresses substance use disorder, as well as the underlying mental health disorders that fuel addiction. Substance abuse often begins with the vicious cycle of self-medication, or when a person uses drugs or alcohol to manage symptoms of a mental health disorder. While substances may offer some temporary relief, symptoms will return, and a person will find they need more of a substance to get relief.
A dual diagnosis approach to treatment requires a comprehensive assessment of a client and a highly specialized recovery plan. Guardian IOP’s dual diagnosis treatment program offers clients a clear roadmap to recovery. This process serves to connect them with their individual clinicians they meet with as IOP clients, or within their own communities allowing them to continue treatment upon discharge.