Treatment Options for Dual Diagnosis
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that 45% of people in the United States struggle with a dual diagnosis. With so many people having a dual diagnosis, it’s paramount that rehabilitation facilities effectively treat it.
Historically, clients with dual diagnoses received sequential treatment. This treatment focused on treating one condition at a time. Often, these treatments did not occur at the same facility and were not related to each other.
Parallel or integrated treatment now treats both conditions simultaneously.
The SAMHSA recommends integrated treatment, which combines care for a client’s mental health and substance abuse challenges. Clients receive treatment for both disorders at the same time and in the same facility. Psychiatrists and clinical staff trained in mental health and substance abuse provide treatment.