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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Altoona Help for Dual Diagnosis

How Does Addiction Develop

When you try a drug for the first time, it produces exaggerated effects. Some of these might be psychological in nature; however, a majority of the effects are drug induced. As you continue to engage in the activity of taking drugs and enjoying its pleasurable effects, you begin to reach a state where the dosage does not produce the required effects. This is when you develop what is called a tolerance for the drug.

Under this phenomenon, your body grows accustomed to the drug. Now, whenever you take the dosage that you are accustomed to, your body does not experience the usual high. This of course forces you to increase your drug intake. And the vicious cycle of addiction begins because now you have to continually increase your dosage just to feel a regular high.

Now that you are physiologically dependent on the drug, the chemical balance of your body is changed. At this point, you will realize that you need the drug. This will scare you because you do not want to be dependent on it, so the instant reaction is to stop. Unfortunately, this only further aggravates your health condition because you start to suffer from what are called, withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, the rehab program is initiated. Note that not all drug and alcohol rehab centers in Altoona have the same facilities. It really depends on how much you pay, or what your insurance covers. Also remember that not all rehab programs are inpatient. You can even sign up to attend sessions without staying full time at the facility.

An important component of drug and alcohol rehab is where addicts are presented information on the dangers of substance abuse. This is usually done to strengthen their conviction that they took the right step by seeking help. A major part of recovery also has to do with counseling and group therapy. The final stage is aftercare, which ensures that the addict doesnt relapse in the first few weeks after completing the program.

Someone can be diagnosed with a dual diagnosis with a combination of several different substance abuse problems and a number of different mental illness diagnoses. Some of the most common mental illness diagnosis s associated with substance abuse include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Altoona alcohol rehab programs are designed to treat both of the diagnoses, the substance abuse and the mental illness.

When choosing a drug rehab in Altoona, it is important to know the difference between an inpatient facility and an outpatient facility. Inpatient Altoona dual diagnosis treatment centers provide you with temporary living quarters in the facility, while you are undergoing treatment. Outpatient means that you will go see a therapist and/or substance abuse counselor only during scheduled appointments, which are typically during regular business hours. If you have been diagnosed as dual diagnosis, it is it important to seek a facility that is experienced in treating both the mental illness and the substance abuse.

Abusive individuals usually get a dual diagnosis and end up in a treatment facility, such as the Altoona Dual Diagnosis treatment facility. What is a dual diagnosis anyways?

Altoona Dual Diagnosis: Definition

Dual diagnosis refers to people who have two mental health problems that co-exist together. It can be a developmental disorder co-existing with a mental disorder or with learning disability or with substance abuse. Most dual diagnosis involves mental disorder and drug abuse.

The connection between drugs and mental disorder is very strong. Individuals who abuse drugs have at least one significant mental disorder (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, etc.) and most people struggling with mental illness have a substance abuse problem or a alcohol problem.


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