Dual Diagnosis


What is a Dual Diagnosis Program?

A dual diagnosis program integrates treatment for substance abuse and psychological disorders, which are known togeter as co-occurring disorders. Substance Use Disorder, also known as addiction, very frequently co-occurs with other emotional and mental health conditions. When an individual has both conditions, he/she  is designated as having a ‘dual diagnosis.’ For example, a person may be addicted to heroin but also suffer from depression. This individual would be considered a dual diagnosis. Evoke Wellness Massachusetts Dual Diagnosis program targets both conditions equally to help a person overcome their SUD and to improve or manage their emotional and mental health disorder.

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Our dual diagnosis program relies on evidence-based forms of therapy, one on one counseling, group counseling, and advanced addiction treatment methods that are proven to help individuals with co-occuring disorders. Although one condition may require more attention than the other, both have the potential to aggravate each situation separately. There are countless cases of people who struggle with uncomfortable psychological symptoms and use substances to suppress or numb their symptoms. For instance, if a person is suffering from anxiety and drinks alcoholically or abuses benzodiazepines to calm themselves down, they may experience negative consequences as a result of their drinking/drugging, which will increase their anxiety.    

Treatment Methods for Co-Occurring Disorders

A psychological disorder often improves when a person is on the right medication or combination of drugs. Our Dual Diagnosis program assigns each client to their own psychiatrist, who will safely prescribe medications to help reduce negative symptoms and promote emotional well-being; and to stabilize their mental health. Clients can always refuse medications, and we only encourage dual diagnosis clients that are open to using safe prescription medications prescribed by our psychiatrist.  

The most well established and successful type of treatment for Dual Diagnosis is an evidence-based therapy, known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is particularly beneficial for dual diagnosis clients because of how it helps the person to understand better how their thoughts and emotions are directly related to how they perceive the world and others as well as how they respond or behave. CBT focuses on helping a person better understand their needs and motives, which are often impaired from a history of substance use or mental health disorder symptoms. 

Other types of therapy are also extremely beneficial for a person with a dual diagnosis. Evoke Wellness MA provides facilitated holistic therapy groups. Comprehensive therapy groups teach clients how to engage their creativity, learn relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, and more.  Our Dual Diagnosis program also provides access to recovery centered support meetings such as the 12 steps, as well as, specialized groups and classes that promote emotional well-being and addiction-free lifestyles and goals. 

Who Requires a Dual Diagnosis Program?

Our dual diagnosis program is meant for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol or both along with an emotional or mental health disorder. For many persons, the presence of a mental health condition may have initiated their experimentation with drugs and alcohol. Or the other way around. Many individuals abuse drugs and alcohol in such a dangerous and extreme manner that they develop a psychiatric condition as a result of their drug and alcohol use. In either case, the Evoke Wellness Massachusetts Dual Diagnosis program will provide treatment for persons who are diagnosed with an addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, benzodiazepines, cocaine and methamphetamine, alcohol, and hallucinogens. And for the following types of psychological disorders:  

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Schizophrenia

To learn how to be admitted into the Evoke Wellness Massachusetts Dual Diagnosis program, a person must first successfully complete a medical detox program. After detox, the person will be assessed by our expert staff members who will evaluate what program is best for them. If the Dual Diagnosis program benefits their growth and success in recovery, then they will immediately begin the admission process.  

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