At the Hader Clinic we provide a specialist treatment program for dual diagnosis clients. Our qualified staff are trained in both mental health and drug addiction treatment and we have a long history of successfully treating complex addictions.
Dual diagnosis is a situation in which an individual is dealing with both a drug addiction and a mental illness at the same time. For example, a person struggling both with depression and cannabis addiction. Both conditions can be intrinsically linked together that neither issue can be treated effectively without treating the other.
With dual diagnosis it is often hard to know what came first, the addiction or the mental health issue. Which is the cause, and which is the effect?
With some residents we find the drug addiction came first and, as a result, the mental illness followed. In other cases, mental illness led to the drug use and addiction. There are other times both occurred at the same time.
A common problem is that many services for substance abuse and mental illness don’t overlap, which means that the person with dual diagnosis is managed through separate systems. This can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult. At the Hader Clinic we provide both mental health and drug addiction programs to overcome this difficulty.
Our therapists and counsellors work closely with dual diagnosis residents to determine if one problem led to the other. We create personalised treatment plans that address both issues without causing new problems to arise.
For example, we often treat residents suffering from both alcohol addiction and depression. Some prescription medication typically used to treat depression could have adverse effects on alcohol recovery and medications used to control alcohol withdrawal symptoms could contribute to depression.
By treating the addiction, the symptoms of the mental illness will improve.
There are certain signs you can look for that will help you identify a case of dual diagnosis:
The lack of professional knowledge about dual diagnosis can be frustrating for those affected and their families. Common experiences may include:
At the Hader Clinic, we provide a safe and calm environment for people in need of dual diagnosis treatment and a holistic recovery program. As dual diagnosis can be complicated, on admission a detailed assessment and medical examination is undertaken to ensure that a safe and effective treatment process is established immediately.
We encourage you to now give one of our trained staff a call on 1300 856 847 (or via email here) to organise a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified helpers who can give you more information on treatment options.