Hollywood Addiction and Mental Illness Treatment

Addiction specialists have found that a high percentage of patients struggling with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health condition that contributes to their problem. These dual diagnosis conditions require additional support throughout the treatment process and when patients return to their normal lives. Hollywood addiction and mental illness treatment centers can help patients with co-existing disorders find a treatment center so they may achieve success in recovery.

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term used for co-occurring problems of addiction and mental health disorders. Mental health problems can often cause substance use as individuals struggle to manage their behavior, without understanding why they have symptoms. Dual diagnosis, management must focus on the diagnosis and treatment of the mental health problem, as well as the addiction problem, which requires additional therapy, counseling and aftercare services.

Co-existing Disorders

Researchers have found that parts of the brain that affect the potential for addiction are also involved in problems with mental health. This similarity may explain why a high percentage of patients dealing with addiction are also dealing with mental health issues. In addition, mental health disorders often cause behaviors that can put them at risk for addiction, such as risk-taking, attempts to reduce anxiety or other actions.

Mental Health Problems with Addiction

The following are the most common mental health disorders that co-occur with addiction:

  • Eating disorders - substances are used to control appetite and avoid facing the severity of the disorder
  • Depression - substances are used to lift mood and improve daily function
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder -substances are used to control hypervigilance, improve sleep and reduce feelings of isolation
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder - substances may be used to control repetitive behavior to function normally
  • Anxiety disorders - substances are used to manage daily anxiety symptoms so that the individual can function


  • Pharmacology - appropriate medications can help dual diagnosis patients manage symptoms and function more effectively. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications or anti-psychotic drug may be needed for these patients.
  • Psychotherapy - dual diagnosis problems often require addiction counseling to help understand the condition and manage symptoms.
  • Behavioral management - behavioral management techniques can help dual diagnosis patients improve their daily function and prevent relapse into substance use.

If you're considering treatment, call Hollywood drug detox centers for further assistance in locating a rehab center. You can also visit your local Narcotics Anonymous (http://naflorida.org/meetings/) for more support.

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