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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Georgia

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Atlanta, GA

When someone experiences both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, it makes life challenging. Furthermore, it becomes important to find a treatment provider who has experience in working with both types of illnesses. Inner Voyage Recovery Center designed a program we provide at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia that helps people fully address their physical and mental health needs. We offer several types of therapy and other support as part of our outpatient programs. Finding help for dual diagnosis can be easier than many people realize. 


What is a Dual Diagnosis Disorder?

Dual diagnosis is the presence of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. In fact, how common this condition is may surprise some people. In 2019, 9.5 million adults in the U.S. had a dual diagnosis. Having one condition can influence the development of the other. Receiving care at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia can help a person become sober while simultaneously improving their mental health. 

How Does Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Georgia Work?

Each time someone comes to us for assistance at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia, we begin by performing an in-depth analysis. We evaluate the status of their addiction and mental health. This allows us to determine their needs and create treatment goals. From there, a schedule for types of treatment sessions can be created that meets their specific needs. 


We offer outpatient programs that require attendance during the day. This allows people to avoid moving into a residential facility while still getting the quality, focused care that makes a difference. The levels of outpatient care we provide include outpatient rehab, an intensive outpatient program, and a partial hospitalization program. Attendance ranges from a couple of days to several days a week, depending on the needs of the individual.

Signs and Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis Disorder

The signs a person exhibits when they have a dual diagnosis vary to some degree, depending on which addiction and mental health disorder they have. However, some basic signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling depressed for long periods of time
  • Hopelessness
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Difficulty thinking or making decisions
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Change in appetite
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Hallucinations
  • Isolating
  • Trouble keeping up with work, school, or personal responsibilities
  • Self-medicating with substances to alleviate symptoms of poor mental health
  • Experiencing an increase in symptoms of a mental health disorder when abusing drugs or alcohol

Any combination of disorders is possible. For example, someone may have an addiction to alcohol and an anxiety disorder. Another person may be addicted to opioids while also having bipolar disorder. 


Risk Factors of a Dual Diagnosis Disorder

While developing a dual diagnosis can happen to anyone, certain risk factors can increase a person’s chances of having one. Genetics often contribute to a person developing a mental illness or an addiction to drugs or alcohol. This means having family members with either condition increases the chances that someone else will deal with the same disease. 


Having experienced trauma can also put a person at risk of developing a dual diagnosis. As well, living under stressful circumstances can cause a person to develop poor mental health and turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Dual diagnosis creates a cycle in which the addiction makes the mental health disorder worse. Conversely, as a person’s mental health declines, they often feel a stronger need to abuse substances.

Most Common Dual Diagnosis Disorders

Any combination of addictions and mental health disorders can occur. Common substances a person becomes addicted to include:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine and crack
  • Opioids
  • Methamphetamines
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Prescription drugs

The most common types of mental illness that are part of a dual diagnosis include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

The highly skilled and experienced staff at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia helps identify the addiction and the mental illness. From there, healing from both illnesses can begin. 

Services Offered at our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in Georgia

We provide several types of services in order to provide a well-rounded choice of options. Our menu of services available at our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia includes: 

  • Individual therapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Health and Wellness therapy
  • Medically Assisted Care

We also offer assistance with intervention services for families who need help convincing a loved one that they need help.


Visit Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Georgia

Having a dual diagnosis presents a unique challenge for many healthcare providers to provide effective help. Getting treatment for both conditions at the same time helps a person makes progress in a more timely manner. Inner Voyage Recovery Center offers a first-class treatment program to help people overcome substance use disorders and improve their mental health. Our outpatient programs offer several levels of care, allowing us to match you to the one that fits your needs. 


If you would like more information about our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia, visit our admissions page now. Our staff is happy to explain the options we have for helping you regain your health.

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