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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

Co-occurring mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders are complex, as secondary issues muddle substance abuse problems.

An estimated 8.9 million Americans have co-morbidity and/or dual diagnosis challenges; with only 7.4% receiving appropriate treatment.  Since few treatment centers are specialized in treating dual diagnosis, clients are often treated by different teams of physicians, therapists and caregivers. This can result in contradictory and opposing treatments. Many times a person does not get the help he or she fully deserves when treating substance abuse, chemical dependency and/or mental health challenges at different times.

Signs and Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis

signs-and-symptoms-of-dual-diagnosisHow can you tell if you have a dual diagnosis? There is not one definitive way to determine whether you have dual addiction problems. However, there are some standard signs and symptoms that may indicate you would be best served at a facility that focuses on dual diagnosis therapy and related treatment center services:

  • You have already been diagnosed with depression, OCD or another mental health challenge that is or is not being treated.
  • You suspect you have a form of mental illness or psychiatric condition, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
  • Others in your family who are also dealing with addiction to drugs or alcohol may have received a dual diagnosis.
  • You have tried substance abuse treatment on your own or at another center without success. You cannot determine why your recovery did not succeed and suspect there is an underlying cause.

At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, our pain physicians are well-trained to help diagnose any other mental health challenges that may be circumventing your success in overcoming substance abuse. Not only do we offer our dual diagnosis services as part of our treatment plans, but we also help you understand what it means to have a dual diagnosis. The more you know about your own body and mind, the better equipped you will be to reach your goals.

Common Disorders Concurrent With Addiction

What are the common disorders most often seen with a dual diagnosis in mental health? The following disorders frequently go hand-in-hand with addiction to drugs or alcohol:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Phobias
  • Antisocial personality disorder

This is not an exhaustive list of disorders that are comorbid with substance abuse addiction. When you come to JourneyPure Emerald Coast, you will receive a complete mental health evaluation. If we determine you have a dual diagnosis, we will focus on treating all of your mental health challenges at the same time we treat your addiction for maximum impact and the best possible outcomes.

What Happens If Dual Diagnosis Is Missed?

When another condition is present, simply treating your addiction is unlikely to succeed for very long. We need to identify all the underlying primary problems that are contributing to your cravings for drugs and/or alcohol. Our pain specialists at JourneyPure Emerald Coast are highly trained and understand all the areas of dual diagnosis addiction. We can pinpoint all the challenges you are facing and create a unique case management plan to tackle them together. You are never on your own when you choose our dual diagnosis treatment center in Florida.


Why Partner With JourneyPure Emerald Coast in Panama City Beach, FL?

why-partner-with-journeypureOne of the leading dual diagnosis treatment centers in Florida, JourneyPure Emerald Coast specializes in holistic addiction care for clients with dual disorders. We offer effective addiction and substance abuse treatment with an emphasis on mental health and trauma. JourneyPure Emerald Coast is based in the Florida panhandle and offers the most effective dual diagnosis services in the region.

We Are Considered One of the Best Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Florida

We specialize in treating dual diagnosis cases — or a substance addiction and mental illness simultaneously. Successfully addressing the complex interaction between mental illness and addiction demands implementation of specific therapeutic interventions meant to address both problems.

While clinical depression and PTSD are commonly diagnosed in our clients, personality disorders — especially borderline personality disorder (BPD) — also affect many addicts seeking help at our treatment center. People with BPD have such a strong fear of being alone and abandoned that they often allow themselves to remain in abusive relationships. In addition, they suffer from a severe lack of impulse control, which makes them susceptible to the immediate gratification provided by drugs and alcohol.

Clients with long-term addictions who require detoxification before entering therapeutic treatment may exhibit signs of a previously undiagnosed mental illness once they complete detox. Alternately, addictions can produce symptoms similar to schizophrenia or psychosis when, in fact, the person is not psychotic or schizophrenic.

Some clients may even present symptoms of developmental disorders after detoxification that should have been diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Developmental disorders include learning disabilities, autism/Asperger’s, attention-deficit disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and mental retardation. Any of these conditions can potentially be seen in addicts and alcoholics because their condition was never properly diagnosed and treated.

Dual Diagnosis Services and Treatment Programs

JourneyPure Emerald Coast’s therapists are highly skilled at dealing with mental health and dual diagnosis clients. We include secondary challenges into every client’s treatment plan. Compared to most treatment centers that focus solely on addiction recovery, JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers psychiatric services for a case-by-case basis. This makes us specialized and gives an advantage to those who entrust JourneyPure Emerald Coast for treatment.

One of the most successful therapeutic techniques we use at JourneyPure Emerald Coast to treat dual diagnosis clients is CBT, or cognitive-behavioral therapy. Counselors specializing in CBT help clients recognize and rectify distortions in thinking and perception. Especially helpful for clients suffering from borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety, CBT challenges certain false beliefs and wrong thinking patterns, such as magnification of negative events, overgeneralizing and catastrophizing.

JourneyPure Emerald Coast utilizes the latest research and technology in a combined effort to address all the underlying challenges of addiction. Research has shown a link between addictions and other mental disorders. In order to recover completely, all challenges need to be treated.

To learn more about dual diagnosis treatment at JourneyPure Emerald Coast, please contact us today for additional information.

Treatment Options

There are many different, yet effective, types of therapy that can help treat addiction as well as mental health and dual diagnosis. We offer time-tested and proven effective therapies, as well as the newest effective treatment modalities in the industry at our dual diagnosis facility in Florida.

They include:


Group Sessions

group-sessionsSimilar to 12 step programs, these sessions involve group sharing, where clients can derive strength and support from others with mental health and dual diagnosis issues. This shows the client that they are not alone and breaks down any walls of isolation.

Individual Sessions

individual-sessionsJourneyPure Emerald Coast offers no less than two individual sessions per week during treatment, and a session with a one of our recovery coaches. These are private, one-on-one sessions with a counselor or therapist. Clients explore the personal events and situations that drove them to addiction, gaining insight to avoid relapse in the future.


aftercareAfter you successfully complete treatment, the aftercare begins. When a person returns to society after completing treatment, they are faced with the outside world and the pressures within. Following treatment, JourneyPure Emerald Coast will continue to support your recovery.

Customized Treatment

customized-treatmentJourneyPure Emerald Coast’s therapists are highly skilled at dealing with dual diagnosis clients. We include secondary issues into every client’s treatment plan. JourneyPure Emerald Coast also has psychiatric services available, and can arrange for appointments when needed.

Most treatment centers, for a long time, were focused solely on either alcohol or drug recovery. They would not focus on the mental health challenges that are associated with addiction. Research has shown a link between addictions and other disorders. Complete recovery means that each component needs to be addressed as a whole.

Alcoholism benefits greatly from mental health and dual diagnosis treatment, as these are very closely related. According to research, over 44% of people that struggle with alcohol addiction also have mental health complications before they became dependent on alcohol. Many others develop these mental challenges after the onset of dependence. Some of these challenges include dysthymia and depression.


One of the best ways to not only identify, but help address mental health and dual diagnosis challenges is through counseling. These therapy and counseling sessions include relapse-prevention skills along with extensive addiction education. They also help you figure out what triggers the unwanted behavior and find out other issues that are related to their mental health challenges. There are many differently effective types of counseling that can help treat alcoholism as well as mental health and dual diagnosis, at the same time.

Common Challenges of Dual Disorders

common-challenges-of-dual-disordersThe way mental health and dual diagnosis pathologies work to stimulate the addictive response is dangerous. An individual prone to depression, for instance, is more likely to self-medicate with amphetamine or cocaine to boost his or her mood. If the individual is already genetically predisposed to addiction, he or she begins to develop tolerance to the drug almost immediately.

This is the birth of the addiction. The addicted individual must take increased amounts to numb the pain of their mental health challenge. As tolerance develops, the person will adjust dosage to enjoy the same stimulus. It evolves into a viscous cycle that’s difficult to break.


If you feel as if you will never be able to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is time to look at your addiction in a new light. Call JourneyPure Emerald Coast and talk to us about getting the treatment you deserve now, especially if you think — or know — you have a dual diagnosis.

If you, or someone you love, are suffering from addiction, we’re here to help.

Call (800) 493-5253 today. Our lines are open 24/7/365.