Dual diagnosis treatment seeks to get at the heart of addiction. For so long, addiction treatment was approached solely as a means to treat substance abuse. Treatment professionals sought only to treat their clients’ dependence on the chemicals that preyed on the human body’s physiological leanings. In retrospect, it is no surprise that many of yesterday’s approaches toward addiction treatment have been discredited as largely dismissive of the underlying causes of addiction.
Drug and alcohol addiction treatment has evolved in its assessment of the addiction phenomenon. No longer is addiction viewed and treated as a free-standing and exclusive occurrence; rather, treatment professionals have realized that the disease of addiction is, in fact, often a symptom of a much deeper, much more serious reality.
Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment for Complete Recovery
Dual diagnosis treatment – also known as comorbidity or co-occurring disorders – is the process by which addiction is treated in tandem with a behavioral disorder that may present in an individual as assessed by a health professional. Dual diagnosis treatment may account for such conditions as depression, ADD/ADHD, trauma, psychosis, and any number of other disorders that, in large part, remain untreated. Ourdrug treatment center in South Florida applies dual diagnosis in the treatment of addiction so as to better understand the past, present, and future needs of clients in their attempts at recovery and sobriety.