Dual diagnosis care involves the combined treatment of addictive disorders at the same time as other mental health conditions.  A common dual diagnosis treatment plan would address Major Depressive Disorder along with Alcohol Use Disorder.  Dual diagnosis approaches emphasize the following components:

  • Thoughtful and accurate diagnostic approaches
  • Safe treatment initiatives
  • Goals of achieving remission from both the mental health and addictive disorder

Of note, programs with this rating either directly employ a psychiatrist or work closely with an independent contractor psychiatrist.  They also allow patients to take different medications during treatment such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers.  They provide quality talk-therapy approaches in line with the best medical evidence to treat these conditions.  They treat mood and anxiety disorders with the same degree of support and sophistication as that of alcoholism or drug addiction.

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