How Dual Diagnosis is Treated
The first step in treating a person with a dual diagnosis is having them undergo detoxification (detox). This is the process where they are freed from the influence of chemicals. Once a client is clean, they can be examined by psychiatric experts to confirm their diagnosis.
At that point, an individual treatment plan is devised with the client’s input to take into account their past drug use, personal history and treatment goals. The client’s mental illness and addiction are treated simultaneously, for best results. Medications may be used to treat a client’s mental health concerns; these do not interfere with the addiction treatment, since the medical team is aware of the client’s history and does not prescribe any medicines that would interfere with their rehab efforts.