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Why Dual Diagnosis is Finally Getting Well-Deserved Attention

Why Dual Diagnosis is Finally Getting Well-Deserved Attention

Addiction can take a toll on your body but many don’t realize how it harms your emotional health as well. Addressing addiction means finding ways to heal the underlying cause of substance use with a gentle approach. Trauma treatment requires a cohesive approach that is holistic.

Trauma-Informed Care

Providers are now paying more attention to mental health issues than ever before. For many people with substance use disorders, mental illness can take over their lives. Understanding this can help practitioners treat substance use disorder more effectively, equipping people with tools to stay in recovery long term. This can also help people without addiction empathize with those who are struggling. The root cause of addiction is also how to help the person with substance use disorder understand their own decisions and actions in light of addiction. Many people don’t realize why it is happening, so trauma-informed care can walk alongside you as you process the challenges of uncovering layers of trauma to heal from that along with addiction.

Coping Strategies

Dual-diagnoses can help support a trauma-informed care approach by offering help to people with mental health issues who have addiction. Under the layers are traumas, pain, and difficulties they did not want to face until now. Long term consequences go out the window with addiction. With support, people can feel released of shame that binds them to addiction and move forward with their lives. Learning to cope with life as it is right now, including mental health issues, can be challenging. Addiction only adds fuel to the fire so it is necessary to work towards healing the whole body, mind, and soul. Healthy coping mechanisms for people with dual diagnoses can include:

  • Healing spaces to deal with trauma
  • Medication
  • Learning to honor feelings and thoughts without numbing them
  • Embrace challenging emotions and feelings while not negating positive ones
  • Getting help from trained counselors and providers who understand how to support mental health and addiction

The more support you surround yourself with, the better off you will feel overall. If you are struggling with addiction and mental health issues, there is hope and healing out there for you with the right treatment approach and program.

Finding yourself in a space where you struggle with addiction and mental health issues can feel overwhelming. We are here to take away some of the stress by providing a safe environment to begin the healing journey. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401