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Opportunities In Dual Diagnosis Applications

May 25, 2008
Dual diagnosis occurs when a person is addicted to two different substances, or is a severe mental disability disorder as well as a drug addiction. Dual diagnosis can also mean that the sufferer has a severe addiction as well as a personality disorder of any kind. These disorders require immediate medical care a long with addiction treatment.

Any combination of mental illness and drug addiction can be considered dual diagnosis. The majority of those suffering from this combination of illnesses is already being treated or is in prison. Some people who require treatment for dual diagnosis can not afford to receive if or are homeless. This means that they will most likely never be able to better their situation.

Dual diagnosis can be found in many different classifications. These consist of MICAA, MISA, MIDAA, CAMI, and CAMI with substance induced psychotic episodes. Each of these classifications is a uniquely different combination of illnesses and addictions. Some of these are purely addictions; others are mental illnesses with a type of personality disorder and other combinations of disorders.

The mentally challenged that are chemical drug users and have found themselves addicted to the substance are known as MICAA. This dual diagnosis can not contain those that may be considered severely mentally ill. If mentally challenged individual is using drugs but can not yet be considered an addict they are placed as MISA. When a drug addict is also an alcoholic, but not at all mentally ill they are considered to fall under MIDAA. A form of dual diagnosis called SAMI consists of the continuous drug users, but has not been found addicted but are severely mentally ill. This can not consist of anyone with a personality disorder.

Discovering dual diagnosis with mentally ill sufferers can be very difficult for the people around them. This is because when a mentally challenged individual is taking drugs they may act similar to as they do when having a bad outburst. It is also difficult for them to find treatment, because most treatment facilities will not know how to deal with a mentally challenged patient. The facility may know how to treat the drug problem but not how to take care of their other special needs.

These problems should be dealt with immediately by those who are professionally trained to work with them. They can better understand the needs of the patients and what is best for them. They can walk them through the process of getting clean and starting there life over again after treatment is finished.

The process in which a patient with dual diagnosis must go through before they can be considered rid of the illness. First is detoxification, in which the patient goes the process of having all of the drug related chemicals removed from their body. This can take up to seven days and cause several symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, headache and sweating, along with many other unpleasant symptoms.

Long term residential programs have been set up for those trying to recover from dual diagnosis and wish to lead as normal lives as possible after their stay. These centers are much like your traditional addiction treatment center, but are better prepared for those patients with special needs.
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