Wouldn’t it be lovely if life fit neatly into organized compartments? In such a scenario, you would never have to face more than one problem at a time. In the real world, however, this is seldom the case. Trouble usually arrives in droves — especially when addiction is at play. After all, drug and alcohol dependency often lead to health issues, altered family dynamics, financial woes and more.
At Mt. Rubidoux Residential Treatment & Detox Center, we get it. In response, we offer treatment for dual diagnoses. In other words, if you struggle with mental illness and drug dependency, we can help. Or if depression came part-and-parcel with your loved one’s alcoholism, at MFI Recovery Center, we offer hope. Seem like a no-brainer? Not quite. Unfortunately, not every rehab facility offers treatment for co-occurring mental health or behavioral disorders, despite the overwhelming need.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
- 9 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously
- More than half of those people—4.1 million to be exact—are men.
- Forty-five percent of people with addiction experience a co-occurring mental health disorder.
- About half of the adults with co-occurring Any Mental Illness (AMI) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in the past year did not receive either mental health care or specialty substance use treatment.
- One in three adults with co-occurring Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and an SUD did not receive either type of care.
The New “Official Definition” of Substance Abuse Disorder
Doctors used to make a clear distinction between substance abuse and substance addiction. However, most medical professionals and therapists now agree that the symptoms of abuse and addiction often appear together in a wide variety of combinations. Thus, the official definition of substance use disorder does not distinguish between abusive, non-addicted substance consumption and addicted substance consumption. Eight specific designations of SUD exist today, each named for an addictive substance or group of substances.
How to Tell if You or Someone You Love Could Qualify for Dual Diagnosis
Although the specific symptoms of substance abuse and addiction vary widely between individuals and often depend on the type of substance consumed. Nevertheless, we can identify some general symptoms that tend to appear in affected individuals. These include:
- Repeated use of a substance in high-risk situations
- Inability to control the rate or amount of substance intake
- Isolation from family, friends or other support networks
- Unexplained or rapidly developing changes in attitude or behavior
- Increasing tolerance of the effects of substance use
- Onset of withdrawal symptoms when substance use stops or decreases
- Reliance on a substance to feel “normal”
- Strong cravings for a given substance
- Continued substance intake even when doing so causes serious personal, social, school-related or work-related problems
- Devotion of significant time to obtaining, using and/or recovering from episodes of substance use
A person with mild SUD has only two or three of the above symptoms, while a person with severe SUD has at least six. Moderately affected individuals fall in the middle of these two extremes.
Mental Health-Related Symptoms
Each diagnosable mental illness produces unique symptoms. The following four conditions most likely appear in people who have co-occurring disorders.
- Bipolar I Disorder
- Bipolar II Disorder
- Major Depression
Whole Person Care – Treating Substance Use, Mental Health, and Physical Health
At MFI Recovery Center, we understand the importance of treating the whole patient — body, mind, and soul. In fact, we proudly provide primary care services to our clients. What’s more, we offer integrated behavioral health services with medical services. And our non-denominational 12-step spiritual program addresses weighty matters. Working together, our team of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, therapists and counselors provide whole-person care.
About Mt Rubidoux, MFI Recovery Center
Our treatment center provides services to people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Located in the shadow of Mt. Rubidoux in the City of Riverside, we provide structured and supportive addiction treatment in semi-private, comfortable apartment-style setting. Monitored by professional addiction specialists 24 hours a day, our modern apartments offer a haven for healing during the rehab process. Living and recovering in our Mt. Rubidoux residential treatment facility means becoming healthy again. Our clients receive intensive treatment and learn new, healthy strategies to sustain recovery. To find out more, call today 866-218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at 951-683-6596.