How does it work?
During an assessment, a patient with a heroin addiction is also found to suffer from recurrent bouts of anxiety and depression over several years, with periods of abstinence from heroin. Multiple detoxes have been undertaken but relapse has unfortunately occurred within a few months. During our assessment, we find that there were flare-ups of mixed anxiety and depression which triggered some of the relapses.
Our patient underwent a successful 7-day detox with The BONDS Clinic and moved onto our Consolidation and Relapse Prevention programme, received a naltrexone implant and solution-focused & integrated talking therapies looking at triggers and behaviours linked with addiction. A mental health treatment plan was initiated using non-addictive medication, psychological therapies and lifestyle and self-help strategies to optimise wellbeing through support networks, diet, exercise, sleep and additional resources.
- Individual therapy is integral to dual diagnosis treatment because it can specifically address not only the issues surrounding someone’s substance misuse but also the symptoms, they experience because of their mental health disorder.
- Relapse prevention and psycho education supports an individual to understand and therefore alter their behaviours.
- When necessary after a careful assessment and exploration of all options, medication management is often part of dual diagnosis treatment. Medication may help treat symptoms of the mental health disorder, but only as part of a holistic treatment plan, which should aim to promote better outcomes for the addiction treatment programme.
- Family therapy can help the loved ones of someone struggling with dual diagnosis disorders to better understand what is happening
- Holistic treatment approaches are often utilised within Dual Diagnosis programmes because they address the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the client.