Dual Diagnosis


Dual Diagnosis Rehab

Dual diagnosis, which is also known as comorbid disorder and co-occurring disorder, is extremely common in California. All these terms refer to a mental health issue coexisting with chemical dependency, usually alcohol.

Many people believe there is a chemical for every ill, whether it is physical or emotional. Relief is just a matter of finding the right chemical combination. Alcohol comes in many forms, so the chemical combinations are almost endless. Once this process begins, it is difficult, but not impossible, to end.

At The House of the Rising Son, we have the resources and experience to address dual diagnosis issues. We offer accessible help in a number of different environments, because we understand that everyone’s treatment needs are different.

Am I the Only Person Who Needs Dual Diagnosis Rehab?

Definitely not. In fact, you are probably not the only person in your workplace or neighborhood who struggles with this issue. Nationwide, about eight million people struggle with dual diagnosis dependency. Yet only a fraction of these individuals seek professional assistance. Frequently, they believe that no one can truly help them overcome their addictions.

Furthermore, some people try to get help for their dual diagnosis issues, but the help does not change things for the better. For some reason, these individuals suffer from symptoms which are more pervasive and difficult to treat than people with just one issue. In this context, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that is a bad thing.

In both these situations, it is important not to be fatalistic. We can help you, even if other dual diagnosis rehab centers have tried and failed. Additionally, if a friend or loved one needs treatment but has had a bad experience elsewhere, give us a try.

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Dual Diagnosis Symptoms

Clinical depression is one of the most common dual diagnosis illnesses. This condition is different from situational depression. It’s natural to be sad over a loss, such as the death of a loved one or a divorce. Generally, this natural sadness passes, or at least gets much better with time.

But clinical depression is different. If a chemical imbalance in the brain causes depression, that is not natural and the problem will not go away on its own. If the patient self-medicated with alcohol, the issue could be even worse. Some frequent clinical depression symptoms include:

  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt,

  • Disinterest in previously pleasurable activities,

  • Lethargy,

  • Significant changes in weight or sleep patterns,

  • Racing thoughts,

  • Personality changes, such as increased irritability,

  • Risky behavior, and

  • Suicidal thoughts.

Clinical depression usually has a clinical treatment. But things get complicated if AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder) is also involved. Some antidepressants have extremely serious side-effects in these situations. Additionally, as mentioned, some comorbid disorder patients are more resistant to treatment. The dual diagnosis rehab must take all these factors into account.

Substance abuse is another common dual diagnosis issue. Alcohol use and substance use often go together. Some indications of substance abuse include:

  • Empty promises to quit using,

  • Inability to curtail use, either by dosage or frequency,

  • Denial of a problem,

  • Suffering thorough physical withdrawal,

  • Inability to meet deadlines and other obligations due to substance use,

  • Spending a great deal of time acquiring, using, and recovering from use, and

  • Using even if it adversely affects personal relationships.

Opioid addiction is a good example of this process. Many prescription painkillers are more powerful and addictive than heroin. As abuse progresses, addicts must spend more time acquiring painkillers and use more of them to get the same effect. Then, the downward spiral continues, especially if alcohol is involved as well.

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What About Dual Diagnosis Rehab Aftercare?

As inpatient treatment individuals transition to independent living, we often recommend weekend stays at the center or a temporary residence in a halfway house.

For everyone, a change of scenery is often an important part of aftercare. The change need not be dramatic. In fact, simple changes, like a slightly earlier bedtime, a different commute route to and from work, or a new hobby, often make the most difference.

Therapy, in a 12-step or non-12-step program, helps a lot. This environment gives patients a chance to share their concerns and victories with people who are going through the same thing. Additionally, therapy gives patients a chance to mentor and guide others.

Particularly for those overcoming dual diagnosis substance abuse issues, drug testing is often important. Frequent tests are a measuring rod of progress (e.g. six sober weeks, seven sober weeks, and so on). They also give patients advanced warning of trouble.

The general rule in aftercare programs is that patients get what they give. The more you invest in your recovery, the better return you see. Try getting results like that on the stock market.

Find Out How Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Can Help Your Family

At The House of the Rising Son, our San Clemente facility can help you overcome a dual diagnosis addiction. Contact us now, and let us start working for you.

Our Medical Team

Dr. Sarah Nunley, MD

Dr. Sarah Nunley is a well known dual diagnosis executive passionate about pain and addiction medicine in treatment. Her specializations also include trauma work and executive leadership with clinical teams. Having worked in private practice, inpatient and outpatient dual diagnosis facilities, as well as private psychiatric hospitals, she is an expert in leading teams nationwide. She received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University Los Angeles and her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University along with a certification in clinical mediation. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California and reciprocal to the State of Florida.

Dr. Raafat Girgis, MD

Dr. Raafat Girgis is a psychiatrist in Newport Beach, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Loma Linda University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Girgis accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 20 doctors at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and one of 26 at Loma Linda University Medical Center who specialize in Psychiatry. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Arabic.

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