Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Teenagers

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

Overusing alcohol or drugs repeatedly (co-occurring addiction) can often happen in individuals with mental illness. They will sometimes use it to cope with overwhelming situations and their symptoms. The combination of these two illnesses has its own term: dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders.

Dual-diagnosis treatment for teenagers has started to become more mainstream since the early ’90s. The treatment of co-occurring addiction and mental disorders will take place at the same time. Therapies may include behavioral therapy, medication, support groups, or inpatient care.

Before this type of treatment was available, there was no supportive evidence to even consider that there could be an underlying disorder that led to the addiction. Looking at the root causes and handling the underlying mental disorder has come a long way in treating addiction.

We can help you locate a dual-diagnosis treatment center for your teen that treats drug or alcohol addiction in conjunction with therapy for mental illness.


Does my teen need help?

Some of the symptoms of co-occurring addiction disorder in teens may include:

  • Difficulty maintaining focus
  • Lack of motivation; appearing tired or “spaced out”
  • Sudden changes in their behavior
  • Appearing fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.
  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Withdrawal from your family and friends
  • New peer groups or friends
  • Developing a high tolerance for the substance
  • Having withdrawal symptoms
  • Periods of unusually increased energy, nervousness, or instability.
  • Sudden mood swings, increased irritability, or angry outbursts.
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.

Symptoms of a mental health disorder may include:

  • Feeling restless, wound up, or on edge
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Becoming fatigued easily
  • Struggling with concentration
  • Experiencing irritability
  • Having difficulty keeping worry levels under control
  • Confusion
  • Problems concentrating
  • Feeling muscle tension
  • Unable to function at school
  • Avoiding social activities and friends or family
  • Thoughts of suicide

If your son or daughter is showing any of these symptoms and signs there may be an issue with drugs and alcohol or a co-occurring mental illness that needs treatment. Free My Addiction’s counselors are here to help to decide if a dual diagnosis treatment center is the best choice for an adolescent or young adult in your life. Please call us at your earliest convenience and we can help you locate a dual diagnosis rehab center near where you live, or anywhere in the United States. Most rehab centers for teens will accept Medicaid or private insurance.


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