Macon Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Simultaneously Addressing Addiction and the Factors That Drive Substance Abuse in Georgia
While addiction does not cause mental illness (or vice versa), many people who struggle with substance abuse also have a mental health disorder that can lead to behavioral health problems. At the Georgia Recovery Campus, our Macon dual diagnosis treatment program allow us to get to the heart of what is driving a patient’s addiction and help them reduce the possibility of relapse and achieve long-term healing.
What Is a Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders, is a term used to describe when an individual suffers from both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder. This can also be referred to as having two separate diagnoses at the same time. While having a mental health disorder is not a prerequisite for developing an addiction, the reality is that many people turn to drugs to manage the sometimes-overwhelming symptoms of their mental illness. This can create dangerous feedback loops as users increasingly rely on addictive substances to keep their mental illness at bay.
Separately, some especially dangerous drugs change the structure and chemistry of the brain, potentially triggering mental health disorders in users who previously have not dealt with these issues. In either of these cases, it is important to determine what specific factors are driving an addiction and what specific consequences substance abuse may be causing.
Risk factors for dual diagnosis include:
- Genetic Predispositions. Research has shown that individuals with a family history of mental health disorders or substance abuse are more likely to struggle with similar issues themselves.
- Environmental Factors. Exposure to drugs, alcohol, or other substances at an early age has been linked to an increased risk of developing both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.
- Trauma. Trauma can have a significant impact on an individual's mental health, and it can also be a major factor in the development of dual diagnosis. Traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or violence can cause deeply rooted feelings of guilt and shame which can lead to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
“Cognitive behavioral therapy” (CBT) focuses on exploring and modifying the individual's thought patterns and behaviors in order to reduce symptoms of mental health disorders. This approach helps individuals identify, challenge, and replace negative thoughts and beliefs so they can better cope with stressful situations or emotions. CBT also emphasizes developing skills to help manage emotions, improve communication, and build healthier relationships.
Our healthcare professionals will often use techniques such as role-playing, self-monitoring, problem-solving strategies, journaling, and exposure therapy to help individuals recognize how dysfunctional thought patterns or behaviors can enable and drive their addictions. By doing this, they can learn how to modify their behavior to avoid relapses and stay sober. The focus on goal setting is important for helping individuals overcome any challenges they may face during treatment. CBT has been proven effective in treating substance abuse disorders, and it can also be used to treat a variety of other mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, relationship conflicts, anger management problems, and more.
Our compassionate team offers no-judgment support to people struggling with addiction. Call (478) 216-1110 or contact us online to learn more about our treatments.
What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness and acceptance strategies. The goal of DBT is to help individuals identify and modify negative behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that contribute to their addictions. It also encourages individuals to be mindful of their internal experiences and learn how to tolerate distress without resorting to unhealthy behavior patterns. This type of therapy is specifically designed to help patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD), pervasive emotional dysregulation, or non-suicidal self-injury in addition to issues with substance abuse.
The core idea of DBT is that change is possible with the right skills, strategies, and support. Our therapists provide patients with the necessary tools to understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact with each other. Through this process, they can learn how to regulate their emotions to avoid relapse and function more effectively in daily life.
The trauma track may be appropriate for patients struggling with substance abuse as well as complex trauma, PTSD, acute stress disorder (ASD), depression, and/or anxiety. Treatment is specifically tailored to each patient’s unique needs and will typically include a combination of daily process groups, recreational therapies, and individual sessions. At Georgia Recovery Campus, the trauma track uses the following modalities:
- Beyond Trauma. The Beyond Trauma curriculum centers women and explores the connection between substance abuse and trauma. It may include a plethora of experiential modalities, including meditation, acupuncture, massage, art therapy, and yoga.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a form of evidence-based psychotherapy that combines cognitive and behavioral techniques with mindfulness and acceptance strategies to help individuals identify and modify negative behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.
- Prolonged Exposure. Prolonged Exposure helps individuals identify and understand their traumatic experiences, as well as gain insight into how these past experiences are impacting their present-day thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As its name may imply, this type of therapy involves directly engaging with past traumatic events instead of avoiding the subject.
- Seeking Safety. Seeking Safety is an evidence-based approach to the trauma track of dual diagnosis treatment that focuses on helping individuals manage and recover from both their mental disorder as well as any trauma they may have experienced by using a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), exposure therapy, accelerated resolution therapy (ART), and cognitive processing therapy (CPT).
If you are struggling with substance abuse and a mental health disorder, we encourage you to get in touch so that we can walk you through how our Macon dual diagnosis treatment program can help. Call (478) 216-1110 or contact us online to get started.
We understand how difficult recovery is. We work one on one with you every step of the way to ensure we are helping you make the necessary changes to obtain the life you deserve.
When you come to our facility, you are not only getting a beautiful campus and quality services, but you are also getting a team who truly cares about your recovery.
Our dedicated, experienced, and compassionate team of experts is here for you every step of the way. We have the tools, resources, and knowledge to help you on your journey.
At Georgia Recovery Campus we treat the entire mind, body, and spirit. When you come to us, we work one on one with you to select the track that would be most beneficial to you and your goals.