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mental health treatment near charleston, south carolinaA co-occurring disorder, or dual diagnosis, occurs when someone has both an addiction and a mental health diagnosis such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. These co-existing illnesses are common, with research from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicating that 9.5 million American adults have both a mental health diagnosis as well as a substance use disorder (2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). While these disorders may be serious, the good news is that they are treatable, and people do recover.

Dual diagnosis treatment is an integrated approach that addresses individuals seeking help for both their addiction as well as their mental health.

At Hammocks at the Edisto, we provide dual diagnosis treatment for those with addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. We are not, however, equipped to manage acute or emergent mental health issues, but we will work with other local providers to find psychiatric care. We strive to ensure our residents’ safety at all times. To learn more about the support we can provide, please contact our dual diagnosis treatment program today at 833.793.0191.

Who Needs Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Substance abuse and mental disorders commonly co-occur, and research suggests three possible explanations for the overlap. The first explanation is that there are some common risk factors can contribute to both substance use and other mental disorders. Secondly, mental disorders can contribute to substance use. Alternatively, substance use can contribute to the development of other mental disorders.

It may be difficult to determine if someone requires dual diagnosis treatment. In addition to drug and/or alcohol use, the woman seeking treatment is also facing difficulties with depression, anxiety, mood swings, or trauma. In such cases, please reach out today, to see if one of our treatment programs can help. The following are common symptoms associated with prevalent mental health disorders, as identified by the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V):

Depression

A low or sad mood, feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and/or excessive guilt are common with depression. Those who struggle with this condition also experience:

  • Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
  • Changes in sleep or appetite
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Research shows that it is extremely difficult to overcome depression alone. Therefore, it is nearly always best to seek a mental health treatment program.

Anxiety

Excessive worry that may be difficult to control is a trademark symptom anxiety. These individuals also experience edginess or restlessness, feeling more fatigued than usual, poor concentration, and irritability. Some people also struggle with increased muscle aches/soreness and difficulty sleeping.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar type I consists of both manic and depressive episodes, each lasting at least one week. Manic symptoms may include elevated, expansive, or irritable mood swings. They may also have increased activity/energy levels, a decreased need for sleep, and more talkative. They experience grandiose thinking, racing thoughts, and distractibility. Furthermore, they experience lowered inhibitions for activities with significant consequences, such as risky/dangerous behavior, shopping sprees, and impulsive business decisions.

Depressive symptoms may include:

  • Low or sad mood
  • Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and/or excessive guilt
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
  • Changes in sleep or appetite
  • Fatigue or loss of energy

Like those struggling with depression, they may experience difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD

PTSD can lead to reoccurring, involuntary, and intrusive memories of a traumatic event. Many people experience repeated, upsetting dreams about the event and flashbacks related to the event. Other symptoms may include:

  • Distress when exposed to reminders/cues of the event
  • Strong physiological reactions (increased heart rate, sweaty palms, etc.) when reminded of the event
  • Avoidance of thoughts, feelings, peoples, places, objects, or situations that bring up memories of the event
  • Difficulty remembering aspects of the event
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, or fear
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Feelings of detachment from those around them
  • Difficulty experience positive emotions (happiness, love, joy, etc.)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Irritability
  • Impulsivity
  • Feeling constantly “on-guard”

Reach out to the team at Hammocks on the Edisto for comprehensive treatment today.

Why Is It Important to Seek Mental Health Treatment?

We believe in an integrated treatment approach that simultaneously addresses both mental health and substance use. While we are primarily a substance use facility, we also assess for and address mental health disorders. When left untreated, mental health issues can make recovery from substance use and addiction more difficult. On the other hand, if substance use and addiction are left untreated it is difficult to adequately address and treat mental health. Substantial and lasting change is possible when a person is able to heal on all levels; mind, body, and soul.

Find Support at Hammocks on the Edisto

At Hammocks on the Edisto, we provide addiction treatment that addresses the needs of the whole person. We use a wide array of therapy programs to give our residents the support they need to recover from both addiction and mental health issues. To learn more about our mental health treatment program near Charleston, contact Hammocks on the Edisto today at 833.793.0191.