dual diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

As one of the few IOPs in South Florida or that adheres to a particular standard of clinical excellence, Guardian IOP offers a highly specialized level of age- and gender-specific programming that also treats dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, so long as substance use disorder is a client’s primary diagnosis.

Many treatment programs claim to offer dual diagnosis, but very few weave this unique approach into treatment from the very beginning. Substance use rarely occurs on its own, and the most sophisticated recovery plans will address the underlying issues that contribute to addiction.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis treatment addresses substance use disorder, as well as the underlying mental health disorders that fuel addiction. Substance abuse often begins with the vicious cycle of self-medication, or when a person uses drugs or alcohol to manage symptoms of a mental health disorder. While substances may offer some temporary relief, symptoms will return, and a person will find they need more of a substance to get relief.

A dual diagnosis approach to treatment requires a comprehensive assessment of a client and a highly specialized recovery plan. Guardian IOP’s dual diagnosis treatment program offers clients a clear roadmap to recovery. This process serves to connect them with their individual clinicians they meet with as IOP clients, or within their own communities allowing them to continue treatment upon discharge.

Common dual diagnosis disorders include:

  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Comprehensive Care, Clinical Excellence

Dual diagnosis is a critical component of effective treatment because it addresses the substance use disorder, as well as underlying psychiatric disorders. If psychiatric disorders are left unaddressed and untreated, they can serve as risk factors for relapse.

Guardian IOP’s expert team of licensed and trained treatment professionals provides clients with cutting-edge therapy and, if necessary, medication management. Each client meets with their clinician as determined by their recovery plan to address the underlying causes of their addiction, learn how to manage their mental health symptoms and adopt safe, healthy coping strategies for long-term recovery. We can also transport clients who live within a 5-mile radius of Guardian IOP to and from therapy sessions.

Contact us at 855-517-1871 for more information about how our dual diagnosis treatment program can help you or someone you love maintain permanent recovery.