Dual Diagnosis

When a person is affected by both an emotional or psychiatric illness and chemical dependency, they are suffering from co-occurring conditions, commonly referred to as dual diagnosis.

Psychiatric illness and chemical dependency affect an individual physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Although the two conditions are separate and independent, they interact in ways that make diagnosis, treatment, and recovery more complex. Often, individuals find themselves using alcohol or drugs to treat their mental illness rather than taking physician prescribed medications. This leads to self-medicating, which treats the symptoms, but not the underlying illness. Unfortunately, many treatment centers are unable to effectively treat all aspects of the illness.

Wekiva Springs’ Dual Diagnosis Program is designed to meet the needs of women and men who may be suffering from co-occurring conditions. Treatment plans are customized, and based on the evaluation provided by our multidisciplinary treatment team. Patients are encouraged to participate in the therapeutic process as soon as they are able, and are offered support throughout their inpatient stay.

Program features include:

  • intensive therapy
  • medication management
  • psycho-educational lectures
  • specialty consults as appropriate

Clinical staff places special emphasis on aftercare planning, and ensures that a discharge plan is compiled for each patient. As with participants in all of our therapeutic programs, patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

Important facts about our dual diagnosis programs:

  • Treatment is based on the combination of cognitive-behavioral refocusing and a 12-step philosophy of recovery, with group therapy used as a primary model of treatment. All patients are carefully supervised by on-site medical staff.
  • Wellness of body, mind and spirit is the goal. We introduce patients to new interests and help them rediscover joy in healthy living.
  • We treat underlying problems, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, sometimes from events in childhood or adolescence; psychological concerns, including feelings of inferiority or unrealistic goal setting; co-dependency and relationship issues; and other family problems.
  • We teach new, life-affirming behaviors and help victims recognize both their self-destructive patterns and their self-worth. Healing modalities may include yoga, movement therapy, meditation, art therapy, guided imagery, journaling, scrap booking and recreation therapies.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), rapid trauma resolution is offered to patients while in rehabilitation or residential status and ordered by the physician and/or treatment team.
  • Patients are coached in crisis management and life skills through a variety of therapeutic groups.

Trauma-based disorders

Could an unresolved trauma experience be contributing to your addictive behavior or mood disorder? (Including physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape and others.)

Stressful events occur in everyday life, but when the event (or series of events) causes excessive stress, it is called a “traumatic event.” Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. None of us are fully prepared to deal with violent or traumatic events. Men and women of all ages may display a wide range of responses to trauma, including feelings of fear, grief, depression and anxiety. Physical and behavioral responses such as nausea, dizziness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and withdrawal from daily activities may occur in relation to traumatic events.

Trauma has been described as a profound deviation from normal life experience. Trauma experienced during childhood (i.e., physical and/or sexual abuse) can actually reprogram the neurological pathways and have an impact on normal emotional functioning later in life. Men and women who experience trauma as adults usually do so in the form of catastrophic natural or life events, assault or domestic violence, rape, loss of a significant person, occupational trauma where serious injury or loss occurred at the work place, and other serious stressors.

Major traumatic events can also produce Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the survivor. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Many people with PTSD repeatedly re-experience the ordeal in the form of flashback episodes, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially when they are exposed to events or objects that are reminiscent of the trauma. Anniversaries of the event can also trigger symptoms.

Wekiva Springs provides a comprehensive treatment approach for women and men struggling with a chemical dependency and/or mental health disorder, who may also have a history of abuse or trauma. These issues often coincide, and it is not uncommon for men and women with unresolved trauma issues to struggle with sobriety and relapse. We can help you regain that balance which is vital to long term recovery.

As part of our comprehensive treatment programs, you are able to address these underlying issues while establishing a foundation of recovery from addictions and/or mental health disorders.

Contact us to learn more.

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