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Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment Modalities: Dual Diagnosis

When you begin looking into drug and alcohol rehabilitation for yourself or for a loved one, you are surprised by the vast range of approaches. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Treatment approaches and individual programs continue to evolve and diversify, and many programs today do not fit neatly into traditional drug addiction treatment classifications.” Although there are not clear classifications, there are large modalities, or treatment approaches, that you can look into for more insight into how the program is run.

If you would like help exploring the modalities of rehabilitation programs, contact InpatientDrugRehabCenters.com at 800-430-1407Who Answers? and speak with someone today.


There are a few constants you can count on. Most rehab begins with detoxification, where the body is cleared of drugs through abstinence from them. This process can be very hard on the body and rehab programs will manage the acute and potentially dangerous effects of stopping drug use. One way to do this is through medically managed withdrawal, where medications are administered by a physician to counter-act the physiological dangers of detox.

When detoxification is complete, the hard work of rehabilitation takes over. But, what work will you or your loved one be doing? It is important to learn about different modalities because you need to find a rehab program that fits in with the philosophy you or your addicted family member is most likely to respond to.

If you or your loved on suffer from a behavioral or mental disorder in addition to a substance abuse one, you will need to find a treatment center versed in dual diagnosis treatment.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for dual diagnosis.

In 2014, 7.9 million adults aged 18 and over had both a substance use disorder and any mental illness in conjunction. If you or your loved one suffers from mental or behavioral health issues as well as a substance abuse disorder, rehabilitation will be more complicated.

These conditions connect and treating one without acknowledging the others is imbalanced. Instead, dual diagnosis works to stabilize both the substance abuse and the mental disorder. In many cases, once the acute phases have been dealt with, other modalities, like cognitive behavioral therapy, can be put into play.


In dual diagnosis, clinicians and clients monitor the client’s disorders by investigating the status of each disorder and notifying each other of signs of relapse. Counselors generally use a supportive, empathic, and culturally appropriate approach when working with these clients. In some cases, it is important to distinguish between behaviors and beliefs that are cultural in origin and those indicative of a mental disorder. Finally, counselors increase structure and support to help their clients with co-occurring disorders make firm progress during recovery.

A Few Musts

When seeking a rehabilitation program that advertises the treatment of co-occurring disorders, you should make sure that the treatment center has an active psychiatric consultant. Without a mental health professional participating with you or your loved one, it won’t be possible to treat the co-occurring disorders. In addition, the center must have the staff necessary to recognize and medically treat the underlying symptoms. In all cases, treatment plans should be drawn up for all co-occurring disorders and used at the same time.

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It’s vital that people with multiple co-occurring disorders receive addiction treatment through a program that specializes in dual diagnosis. If you are having a hard time finding a facility that meets this need and you need some help, call InpatientDrugRehabCenters.com at 800-430-1407Who Answers? and speak to an expert. We can connect you with resources that can help you seek out appropriate dual diagnosis care.

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