Where To Find a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

Read on in this article to learn about dual diagnosis and the best treatment processes for recovery.
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What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment centers can be hard to come by. Most treatment facilities only focus only on substance use disorders or only on mental health conditions. A dual diagnosis treatment center, like The PAC Program, focuses on both, giving individualized treatment plans that give you the best chance at finding success in recovery.

Dual diagnosis is when a person has been diagnosed with both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition at the same time.1 Dual diagnosis treatment is the comprehensive treatment plan to address both disorders simultaneously. Most centers are not equipped to address both mental health conditions and drug addictions, so it is important to find a dual diagnosis treatment center.

Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment centers allow for a person to take a holistic approach to their recovery. Although co-occurring conditions do not cause one another, they can turn into a cycle very quickly. Because of this fact, it is essential to treat both mental health disorders and substance use disorders simultaneously.

If a person chooses not to treat one or both conditions, it can lead to severe and possibly fatal symptoms. It is a challenging process, which is why it requires an in-depth, comprehensive treatment plan.2

Why Is Self-Medication Dangerous?

Many people who have a dual diagnosis attempt to self-medicate. Several different issues can go wrong when self-medicating. Some of those areas follows:3

  • Incorrect self-diagnosis
  • Lack of accurate medical advice
  • Severe adverse reactions
  • Illicit drug interactions
  • Overdosage
  • Risk of dependency
  • Masking of a severe illness, disease, or disorder

Self-medication often gives a delusion that everything is going okay when symptoms are becoming progressively worse. If you or a loved one are struggling with a health issue, it is best to seek care from a medical professional.

What Are the Signs That Someone Needs a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

There are multiple signs that a person might need a dual diagnosis treatment center. A person who struggles with a dual diagnosis must have a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Both disorders have different warning signs, so it is important to track both to find the proper treatment plan.

Signs Of Mental Health Disorders

There are several different signs of mental health disorders. These symptoms will vary depending on what specific mental illness a person is struggling with.

Sleep Or Appetite Changes

A person with a mental health disorder may begin to struggle with an irregular sleep schedule. It could include sleeping abnormal amounts of time or struggling with insomnia. This issue can lead to extreme sleep deprivation, significant fatigue, and low energy.

Increased Sensitivity

You might notice that a person has become a lot more sensitive. This increased sensitivity might present itself as an inability to deal with stress or issues as they arise throughout the day. They might suffer from extreme mood changes, which could go from super highs to super lows. This sensitivity could also be a sensitivity to the environment around them. A person might begin to struggle with concentration. Mental health issues could also lead to extreme anger, hostility, or violence.4   

Illogical Thinking

Finally, if a person is struggling with illogical thinking, it may be a sign that they are struggling with a mental health condition. Some conditions lead to delusions or hallucinations. If a person has illogical or excessive fears or if they have a strong sense of guilt and shame frequently, it might be a sign that they

are struggling with a mental health issue.4 It could present itself with suicidal ideation or through isolation and withdrawal.   

Signs Of Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorders can potentially be easier to spot depending on how well you know the behaviors of a person. For example, if you know that a person is using a substance frequently, that is a clear sign that they are struggling with a substance use disorder. However, here are a few more subtle signs they might be struggling with.5

Bloodshot Eyes

If a person consistently has bloodshot eyes, this could be a clear sign that they are under the influence or using substances consistently. Bloodshot eyes can be caused by things such as marijuana or alcohol use, but it can also be a sign of sleep deprivation or poor sleep habits, which is another potential sign a person might be struggling with substance abuse.

Craving Drugs

If a person also begins to feel a craving to use a substance, that is a clear sign that dependency has set in. These cravings might also show themselves by an individual always keeping the substance on hand. Many times, a person might try to quit a drug once they begin to have a consistent craving.

If a person is struggling with substance use disorder, they may try to quit, but they give in to cravings or relapse. Moreover, if a person is dealing with withdrawal symptoms, it is a clear sign that they have become addicted to a substance.5  

Issues With Money

Finally, if an individual is struggling with money, it can be a sign that they are spending it on drugs or alcohol. People that struggle with substance use disorder will continue to use substances even when they interfere with their day-to-day life such as paying for bills or showing up to work.

What Are the Treatment Options for a Dual Diagnosis?

There are several dual diagnosis treatment centers that you can go to, which allows you to view all of your options. Some people, due to schedule, will use an outpatient treatment plan. It is where a person goes into a facility regularly for treatment.

There are also inpatient treatment centers. Stays could last anywhere between one month to a year. There are several behavioral therapy options that a person might use that can be extremely effective. Finally, support groups can provide the necessary emotional support that someone needs to deal with a dual diagnosis.6

What Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center is Best for Me?

When looking for a dual diagnosis treatment center, it is vital to determine what are your specific needs and your family’s needs. Doing so will allow you to look for programs that will adequately address those things, leading to a higher chance of success. Some questions you might ask are about the success rate of previous patients, the kind of insurance they take, and if you want to travel or stay close to home.

Treatment Location Options

The best way to find dual diagnosis treatment centers is to look up locations in your area. If you are in Arizona, The PAC Program could be a great option. We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment. We accept patients from out of state as well. If you would like to stay closer to home, you can ask a therapist or medical professional for help finding a program.

Paying for Dual Diagnosis Rehab

The number one-way people normally pay for rehab is through insurance. Each treatment program varies on which insurances they accept, so it is important to do some thorough research. The PAC Program accepts Cigna, MHN, Tricare, BlueCross BlueShield, Beacon, Humana, Magellan, Ambetter, and HealthNet.

Recommendations from People Leaving Treatment

The best way to discover if a program is worth going to is by asking people that went through the program. Doing so can give you an idea of what the program’s strengths and weaknesses are and what exactly they provide. Going to things like Google Reviews, a company’s website, or other sites that track rehab centers could be great places for testimonials and reviews.

Recover With Us

The PAC Program is a comprehensive program that gives you the individual attention you need to be successful with your dual diagnosis treatment. We make sure that your unique journey in recovery is not only acknowledged but is taken into consideration when helping you learn the skills you need to adjust to a sober lifestyle.

Treatment Based on Scientific Evidence

At Blueprint for Recovery, we create a treatment plan that is based on scientific evidence to ensure that you maintain a sober life after graduating from the program. Our team uses a three-phase program that focuses on small wins, making it much more manageable to work through both diagnoses.

The first phase is called the residential phase, where the patient works with the staff to create an individualized treatment plan. It is normally a combination of evidence-based therapy, psychiatric services, and the use of a small community.

The second phase is the transitional phase. The goal of this phase is to slowly re-introduce a person back into the world outside of the treatment facility. Leaving completely can be very difficult, so The PAC Program does our best to slowly introduce a person back into the real world. Patients will normally go through thirty hours of therapy a week to help with this transition.

Finally, a patient will go through the third phase which is called the launch phase. During this time, the patient will apply the skills they learned at Blueprint for Recovery. Our staff is available twenty-four hours a day to help a patient through this process.

Effective treatment of co-occurring disorders

The PAC Program is known for its effective treatment of dual diagnosis disorders. Because we take a holistic approach, we can help a patient cope with their mental health disorder while also remaining sober. Our team provides a relapse prevention program that helps patients maintain sobriety outside of the treatment facility.

A Long-Term Care Option

The PAC Program also provides a long-term care option for people that need a more in-depth treatment plan. Long-term plans will vary depending on the individual, but they normally last between 6-12 months. For more information, you can contact The PAC Program at (928) 232-6455.

Why Specialized Medical Treatment Is Very Necessary?

When it comes to a dual diagnosis, it is essential to get comprehensive, specialized medical treatment. Every person deals with mental illness and substance use disorders in different ways. At The PAC Program, we give you treatment that is based specifically on you. A cookie-cutter program will miss out on essential aspects you need to be successful.


If you or a loved one needs help, please call us at
623-523-4748 and our team at Blueprints For Recovery in Arizona will help.

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