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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

It can be extremely difficult to make the decision to seek help for dual diagnosis and at Winds of Change, we understand that struggle. We realize how unique each person’s story is, so your care should be too.

People don’t often realize how closely dual diagnosis can go hand in hand. Dual diagnosis can only be able to be effectively treated by addressing the root cause. Many do not realize that past trauma can be a reason they are struggling with dual diagnosis. Our program is specifically designed to treat dual diagnosis and the underlying trauma that may be feeding it.

Research has found that at least 30 days in a supportive and structured environment is highly effective in providing dual diagnosis help. Additionally, young adults who meet or exceed the minimum treatment time in a drug rehab program were 1.5 times more likely to remain in recovery a year later. It takes time to build a relationship and connection with your therapist so you can begin to work through past trauma and address current struggles. You will also have time to practice new ways of coping with difficult emotions and situations.

There are three important evidenced-based treatment approaches for co-occurring serious emotional patients suffering from serious dual diagnosis in young adults

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

Pharmacotherapy-Medication Management

At Wind of Change, we treat young adult women suffering from dual diagnosis issues by using:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) by providing a framework for teaching skills related to managing emotions, challenging negative thoughts, and problem-solving.

CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that enables individuals with dual diagnosis issues to identify and understand their current problems, challenges, and experiences, and change their patterns of thinking or behaviors.

Family-based therapies This is psychotherapy and counseling that engages an individual along with their family members (e.g., parents, siblings, and other caregivers) in therapeutic sessions and treatment planning. Wind of Change family therapy recognizes that an individual’s symptom management, retention in treatment, and overall treatment response are shaped not only by unique patient factors (e.g., genetics, personal motivation) but also by factors within the family (e.g., home environment, interpersonal relationships).  This is why we encourage the patient and the family to take part in weekly family therapy sessions. 

Pharmacotherapy/Medication Management- refers to medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat young adults suffering from dual diagnosis issues.  At Wind of Change your psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner will work with you to manage your medications to obtain the therapeutic benefits you are looking to achieve with minimal side effects. 

The right treatment center can help set you up for a successful and thriving future. You can come to understand more fully how dual diagnosis is serving as an unhealthy coping mechanism for underlying trauma and emotional struggles. As you work through those issues, you will be able to create stronger relationships with family and friends, develop your unique strengths, and ultimately step confidently into your true self.