What is Dual Diagnosis?
A dual diagnosis (often referred to as co-occurring diagnosis) is a term used to describe people who have an alcohol or drug problem in conjunction with an emotional or psychiatric illness. The Journal of American Medical Association published a report that 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug users suffer from at least one mental illness.
Vizown staff believes that a successful recovery blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment.
The professionals at Vizown know that there is no single treatment option that works for everyone with a dual diagnosis. At the time of admission, we assess clients for issues related to their addiction, psychiatric issues and trauma. This allows us to establish a comprehensive, individualized plan of integrated care, which addresses the psychiatric, alcohol and/or substance use issues. Our program provides a roadmap for both our clients and clinical staff to examine the unique and inter-related aspects necessary for successful treatment. More importantly, it helps our clients learn the tools for managing these multiple conditions and empowers them to live sober and healthier lives.
The traditional approach for treating dual diagnosis is parallel treatment. This is where one professional is teaching the client about their addiction, while another helps with their psychiatric issues, such as depression or bipolar disorders. The tragedy of a parallel path is that it does not help the client recognize the intersection or interaction as a unique experience as it applies to them.
Vizown practices an assessment driven, integrated approach in developing each client’s individual treatment. In order to achieve this we use the Venn Diagram. It is recognized as one of the leading methods for treatment and was developed by Dr. Julio Rojas of the University of Oklahoma, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, OUHSC College of Medicine. The treatment program is geared towards increasing the client’s literacy of their psychiatric disorder and how it interacts with their addiction. Our treatment program teaches the client how their mental health concerns overlap with their addiction. Understanding the possible intersection of these two issues increases their literacy of their illness.
To assist client’s in achieving such literacy about their illness, we utilize the Venn Diagram assessment in conjunction with a variety of evidence based interventions, psycho-education, and expressive modalities.
At Vizown, we have found that when clients are shown the results of their testing completed at admission and pre-discharge, they are able to obtain a visual explanation of their treatment experience. Moreover, it prepares them with a much better understanding of what they need to do to maintain a successful recovery after they discharge from Vizown.