Dual Diagnosis? How MAT Programs Can Help 

Alcohol and drug detox and treatment programs like Edge Recovery are designed to safely assist you on your journey to addiction recovery. This is especially true when it comes to managing a Dual Diagnosis. Edge Recovery, a substance abuse treatment organization for men and women located in Coral Springs, Florida, offers adults a program designed to promote healing from the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma of addiction as well as co-occurring disorders.   The premium continuum of care at Edge Recovery includes detox, PHP, IOP and MAT treatment programs.

The treatment team at Edge Recovery understands all too well that addiction does not occur in isolation. There are usually underlying mental issues that lie at the root of a person’s drug and alcohol abuse. For those people who are struggling with a dual diagnosis, Edge Recovery MAT program can offer medications that aid in a better recovery.

Dual Diagnosis is also known as Co-Occurring Disorders, which is the term used to describe a situation when an person struggling with a substance abuse disorder also has a mental illness, or mental disorder At Edge Recovery we find that Dual Diagnosis is more and more prevalent as we seek to help with addiction treatment and that it can often pertain to a broad spectrum of mental illnesses and addictions. Whether the substance addiction or mental illness came first it doesn’t matter, the two can often present hand-in-hand. In fact, more frequently than not, the substance abuse or misuse can worsen mental disorders. Additionally, there are quite a few Edge Recovery patients who experience mild to severe mental illnesses and therefore turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope with or deal with an unmanaged mental illness and that’s when the vicious cycle can begin.

At Edge Recovery we understand it can be common for some of our patients to have some level of Dual Diagnosis, which is why we have a professional, medical diagnosis to fully identify a co-occurring disorder. Our clinical team is equipped to address the main struggles of those people suffering from addiction and dual diagnosis, who may have specific needs in this case. Whether it is anti-anxiety medications, antipsychotics or other psychotropic drugs, the expert treatment staff works together to carefully adjust and find the right combinations of medications and other interventions to help dual diagnosis patients find the best road to recovery.

No two mental illnesses are exactly alike, just as no addiction looks the same for every addict. Here are some of the symptoms of Dual Diagnosis: 

  • Person who uses drugs or alcohol to escape a mental or emotional struggle
  • Exhibiting extreme volatile mood changes and irritability
  • A person who isolates and is withdrawing from friends, family, and loved ones
  • Sensory issues and delusions (hallucinations) that are not shared by others
  • Struggling to keep a job, pay rent, or maintain stable relationships
  • Having feelings of despair, hopelessness, or extreme outrage last for several weeks in a row

Some of the names or labels being given to the most common disorders in Dual Diagnosis are: 

  • Bipolar or depression
  • Borderline, narcissistic personality, or antisocial disorder
  • ADD or ADHD (Attention deficit disorders)
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis is individualized for the patient and his specific history, condition, and psychiatric needs. We take co-occurring disorders are taken seriously serious consideration and care when working with patients to meet the best possible treatment modalities for their recovery. At The Edge Recovery we work with all Dual Diagnosis patients to the best of our ability, at their own pace. Different diagnoses can require the following treatments:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Therapy

Are you looking for a South Florida MAT program? Are you or a loved one looking for a MAT program that is evidence-based and proven to work even for dual Diagnosis patients? Are you looking for treatment staff that is compassionate, experienced and professional? The clients at Edge Recovery receive the highest standards of withdrawal management and clinical medical supervision with 24-hour licensed clinicians taking care of their needs. When you arrive at our treatment center you will be surrounded by knowledgeable staff who’s one desire is to help you transition from drug or alcohol addiction to lasting sobriety. Many of our treatment team has firsthand experience with addiction, and MAT and we are better equipped to relate to the devastation addiction caused for you and your loved ones. Call the addiction professionals at Edge Recovery toll-free today and we will work closely with you to design a MAT program that fits specifically with a comprehensive treatment plan.

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