Recovering from substance addiction is never easy. Yet for many people, dual diagnosis makes the road ahead even more challenging. In such cases, the best way to address both concerns, and prevent future relapses, is to receive specialised dual diagnosis rehab treatment.
This kind of complex treatment is best conducted in an inpatient setting, which raises the price significantly if you’re looking for dual diagnosis rehab in Western countries. High-quality care, however, can also be found in Thailand, where facilities like Hesten Hill Rehab deliver professional treatment in state-of-the-art facilities – all at very competitive prices.
The first step to any solution, of course, is to understand the task at hand. With that in mind, let’s look at the issues surrounding co-occurring disorders, and their implications for addiction recovery treatment.
What is dual diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis (also known as a co-occurring disorder) is a serious condition where an addiction is complicated by a related mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Dual diagnosis can indeed be treated – through a complementary treatment focus on both the addiction itself, as well as any mental health issues which may have exacerbated or contributed to forming that addiction.
Without proper help, those suffering from dual diagnosis may find themselves feeling trapped by their circumstances, even as they also run the risk of causing additional harm to themselves and to others.
Understanding co-occurring disorders
Substance addiction rarely occurs in isolation. Instead, it is frequently accompanied by one or more mental health issues which may need to be resolved before any addiction treatment can be considered complete. Dual diagnosis represents an additional obstacle to self-control when trying to break free from the pattern of drug or alcohol abuse.
Mental health disorders tend to fuel the cycle of addiction, which is why joining a dual diagnosis programme is so important if you are struggling with both mental health issues and addiction.
People who struggle with dual diagnosis usually live with their condition for prolonged periods of time before they seek professional help, if they ever choose to do so. Their mental health symptoms lead them to self-medicate with harmful substances.
They can find relief from their symptoms by doing this, which causes them to apply the solution to more of their problems. This leads to a cycle where substance abuse and mental health disorders end up compounding each other. Over time, substance abuse can worsen the original mental health disorder and even lead to additional disorders developing.
Common mental disorders that co-occur with addiction
It is quite common for frequent drug users or alcoholics to suffer from a range of co-occurring mental disorders such as:
Anxiety: extreme nervousness in social situations, lack of energy and concentration, restlessness, irritability, and trouble sleeping
Depression: deep feelings of sadness and hopelessness, lack of motivation and energy, and inability to feel satisfaction from doing enjoyable activities
Bipolar disorder: intense mood swings characterised by extreme periods of depression and mania
ADHD: suffering from low self-esteem, depreciating work or school performance, and turbulent relationships
PTSD: intense nightmares and distressing daytime recollections of past traumatic events or tragedies, such as a terrible accident, the loss of a loved one, violence, or sexual assault
Outpatient vs inpatient dual diagnosis programmes
Outpatient and inpatient dual diagnosis programmes can both be helpful for people struggling with dual diagnosis. Outpatient programmes are normally better suited to people with milder cases of dual diagnosis conditions, where one form of minor treatment can be sufficient.
Common forms of outpatient treatments can include: undergoing scheduled detoxification sessions at a medical clinic, participating in group therapy sessions, or going to psychiatric counselling.
Inpatient programmes provide multiple treatment methods all in one controlled setting, making them more comprehensive and better suited to clients suffering from more severe symptoms of dual diagnosis.
Determining who needs dual diagnosis rehab
During the initial stages of treatment, the client is asked a series of questions so that we can understand your drug history, mental health history, and current physical and psychological condition.
When conducting a dual diagnosis evaluation, our medical professionals are looking to answer the following four questions:
Is there a medical problem?
Is there a problem with supports and appropriate expectations?
Is there an emotional problem?
Is there a psychiatric disorder?
Some of the signs and symptoms of co-occurring disorders can include:
feelings of suicide
physical and sexual abuse
Dual diagnosis can be a very serious and progressive condition that becomes more acute over time. If left untreated, the disorders can lead to greater risk of self-injury, disease, and even death.
The advantages of inpatient dual diagnosis treatment centres
Dual diagnosis residential treatment can help you improve your mental stability, recover from substance abuse, and reclaim control of your life. When you join our inpatient dual diagnosis residential centre, medical experts will analyse your drug history as well as your current physical and mental health, and then provide you with a clear pathway to recovery.
Our inpatient programmes typically last for a minimum of 30 days or longer based on your needs. During this time, you will live onsite at our rehab facility and receive constant care and support. If needed, treatment will begin with detox.
Once all traces of harmful substances have left your body, you can begin full treatment. This includes individual counselling, group therapy, and a wide range of additional holistic activities designed to bolster the gains you make in core treatment.
Our dual diagnosis residential treatment offers
- Detox and medication
- Behavioural therapy and trauma treatment
- Mindfulness meditation
- 12-step Minnesota model
- Holistic activities and treatments
- Relapse prevention and aftercare
Joining our inpatient rehab programme in Thailand also allows you to take a break from the stresses of your day-to-day life and privately begin your journey to recovery in a safe and supportive environment.
Benefits of our addiction treatment programme
- Intimate group size / max occupancy of 6 beds
- Beautiful location in a natural tropical setting
- State-of-the-art treatment facilities
- Nutritious à la carte meals, personalised to your dietary needs
- 24-hour nursing care
- Professional medical team, including onsite doctor, psychiatrist, and psychologist
- Cooperation with Chiang Mai Ram Hospital – one of Thailand’s leading medical institutions
- Four private therapy sessions per week (highest number of sessions available among rehab centres in Thailand)
- Access to a personal recovery coach and counsellor
- Mindfulness meditation exercises led by Thai monks
- Complete relapse prevention and aftercare programme
Cost of dual diagnosis rehab in Thailand
Hesten Hill Rehab’s fees are all-inclusive and cover everything that you will need during your time with us, including treatment, medication, meals, accommodations, holistic activities, offsite excursions, aftercare, and more. Our prices are highly competitive with other treatment centres in Thailand, and generally far less expensive than similar programmes available in western countries, even after travel costs are factored in. To find out more about our fees, insurance coverage, and payment plans, please contact us directly.
Are you ready to join our dual diagnosis rehab programme?
Dual diagnosis rehab is an excellent first step towards recovery, yet the path forward still requires a great deal of effort and commitment. Our team of experts are committed to helping you through every step of your journey. And, even though rehab can indeed be hard work, that doesn’t mean you can’t leave us with very fond memorise of your time in Thailand. To learn more about our dual diagnosis programme, contact us today and speak with one of our addictions experts.