After enduring years of seeing clients come back into treatment after relapsing, the addiction treatment community as a whole decided to make changes. They decided to stretch the bounds of the way they have been treating clients. While some facilities still rely mostly on traditional treatment methods, many of the more progressive treatment facilities are offering a wider range of treatment options. This affords them enough flexibility to customize treatment programs for each client.
It’s common knowledge that Florida stands as one of the best addiction treatment destinations on the planet. There’s a lot of valid reasons for this level of confidence in the region’s ability to consistently turn out clients who succeed in recovery. The main reason has a lot to do with the variety of treatment options a lot of Florida’s best rehab centers are able to employ. That does include ours.
Over the last 10 years or so, the addiction treatment community as a whole has come to the realization that addiction and mental health issues are often found together in a growing number of clients. The community has further come to the realization that traditional treatment methods won’t work very well with clients that have what experts refer to as coexisting conditions. This holds true for reasons to be discussed below.
At this point, we want to start a discussion about what happens with addiction treatment clients who enter rehab with depression issues also in tow. Under certain circumstances, this clientele group is going to require a very specific type of treatment, something the addiction treatment community refers to as dual diagnosis therapy.
Is an Addiction Treatment Center in Florida Capable of Handling Depression?
Good news. The answer to the titled question is yes, many of Florida’s top addiction treatment centers do have the ability to help you deal with your depression. However, you need to know they will only do so if your depression is intermingled with your addiction.
Depression and addiction become coexisting conditions in the eyes of the addiction treatment community under one of two circumstances. If the depression appears to be one of the proximate driving forces behind the addiction, it needs to be addressed. Likewise, there are circumstances where someone’s addiction has driven them into the depths of depression. Again, both of these issues will need to be addressed by a therapist.
If you are curious about how depression morphs into an addiction, consider this. Some people are already getting treatment for depression issues. In such cases, they may be taking certain medications to help them cope with their depression issues. Would it surprise you to know that some depression medications are addictive? It’s true. Should a mental health patient decide to abuse their depression medications, they might well fall victim to an addiction to one of those substances.
For folks who aren’t getting treatment for their depression issues, they might decide to turn to drugs or alcohol to help them cope with the sadness they feel all the time. If the depression continues and the individual decides to keep coping by abusing some chosen substance, the individual ends up with coexisting conditions.
The premise behind dual diagnosis therapy is clients with coexisting conditions need someone to address both conditions at the same time. Failure to do this almost always results in the untreated condition interfering in the treatment process. In such cases, the client is going to leave rehab, facing the very real possibility of a relapse. That serves no one.
Dual diagnosis therapy attempts to make sure the client gets treatment for anything that’s happening related to their addiction. Under the best circumstances, the applicable addiction treatment facility will have a therapist who is licensed and trained to handle both ends of a coexisting condition situation. With this option, continuity of care becomes a clear benefit. If a therapist with all the needed credentials is not available, the client would likely have to spend equal time with two therapists, each charged with helping the client deal with one side of their problems.
Whether your realize you have coexisting conditions or not, it is something we can detect once you enter our rehab facility. If such is the case, we do have the ability to offer you dual diagnosis treatment. The first thing we need to do is get you into treatment. We can help you start that process if you’ll pick up the phone and call one of our representatives at 772-934-6580. At that time, we can have further discussion about a possible treatment strategy.