One of the most important things in a recovery program is the attention to detail so that all sides of addiction are addressed including the mind, body, and spirit. For us to properly treat addiction, the mind must be clear and focused, the body clear of harmful substances and the spirit open to treatment. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we evaluate dual diagnosis on every patient to pinpoint each facet of mental health concerns that can contribute to or are concurrent with their addiction.
Treating dual diagnosis is imperative in addiction treatment as it relates to mental health conditions and addiction treatments combined. This method allows our clinical team to diagnose both any pre-existing or late onset mental health conditions at the same time that we diagnose substance dependence. This assessment helps us to best understand the mind of each patient and how we can unlock happiness and fulfillment in their lives. It’s important that we make a distinction between addiction and dependence early on in our diagnosis so that we can treat accordingly.
What is the difference between addiction and dependency?
The difference between addiction and dependency is that the tendency toward addiction can be supported by genetics and learned behaviors from childhood. Addictive behaviors learned in childhood are done so over a period, as children are heavily influenced by their parents or immediate family members. Dependency is also learned but comes with the abuse of alcohol or drugs.
The body that becomes dependent on a substance is taught to behave this way physically; this is where rehabilitation is the most powerful. Dependency can be reversed and redirected elsewhere long term. Addiction takes a lot more work since the person addicted needs to retrain their brain from the need and relapse every single day. Concurring mental health conditions can complicate recovery if they’re left undiagnosed.
Understanding and Education
When the mind is free of mind-altering substances, we can make a definite diagnosis of each mental health condition so that we can treat them accordingly. We also want our patients to be present in the decision-making process. Once a dual diagnosis has been identified, we will first bring these conditions to each patient’s attention and then educate them on these things.
When our patients are aware of everything that affects their lives, they can then know what to prepare for as they learn to manage their addiction and mental health conditions. The more we know about depression, anxiety and other related mental health topics, the better the transition into treatment. Our patients can move through treatments with goals in mind and pay attention to skills we offer them for future conflict, internally or externally. To feel well and to begin healing, we have to know which remedies to apply and how to know when they’re working. Enlightenment is the key to effective therapy that repairs the mind, balances the body and feeds the spirit.
Does addiction cause mental health conditions or do mental health disorders cause dependency?
This question is a chicken or the egg question, and we take it very seriously at Cypress Lakes Lodge since substance abuse and mental health issues are often paired. It can be difficult to tell which came first, especially if these habits have lasted for years. Addictive substances can change the chemical composition of brain function and from this depression and other conditions arise. Each can be overwhelming for those affected, and it is our job at Cypress Lakes Lodge to help guide our patients through both conditions equally.
We have set the basis for our program on the holistic approach to recovery. This means that we want to key into the whole person and care for each parcel of their character, body, and mind as they need to be well. Offering a true diagnosis program allows us to treat our patients in a whole holistic way. We can’t offer our patients complete care and successful recovery if we do not address everything, which is why we stress dual diagnosis of addictions to drugs, alcohol, and behaviors as well as depression, anxiety, and anything else that inhibits them from remaining sober.