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Today the term "dual diagnosis treatment" has become common place in substance abuse treatment. But does that mean you will receive effective treatment for both your mental / emotional problem and your substance abuse?
We think NOT!
Recent research shows that more than 90% of treatment centers that claim to be "dual diagnosis treatment" really only tolerate or accept patients that have psychiatric or emotional diagnosis, but do not provide psychiatric care, nor do they have Psychiatrists on staff at their centers. Also, if they do provide a visit to a psychiatrist it is brief and infrequent. Most treatment centers only provide a single visit a Psychiatrist mostly just to have medication prescribed. After that the patient is integrated into the Substance Abuse portion of the treatment for the remainder of their stay.
We believe this is only a "tolerant" approach at best and is not an effective TREATMENT for dual diagnosis patients. Treatment of a dual diagnosis is so complex it is safe to say that a certified substance abuse counselor alone is not qualified to provide the level of care needed to help these patients. We are not implying that the substance abuse treatment is not important, it is. It is vital to the overall well-being of every dual diagnosis patient. However, there are many more areas that need to be assessed by a medical doctor.
Let's define what TRUE dual diagnosis treatment includes before we find "treatment". Here is what we define as dual diagnosis treatment:
Now that we know what a TRUE dual diagnosis treatment looks like, we can now ask any treatment center or program the proper questions.
Here are some of the questions you should ask to determine if the treatment center is a true dual diagnosis treatment or just dual diagnosis tolerant:
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