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Dual Diagnosis Program

Mental Health and Addiction

sproutfl_dual_diagnosis2Substance addiction has been found to be closely linked to the development of either mental health or behavioral issues. A substance abuse patient may have developed an underlying disorder prior to using drugs or alcohol, or an underlying disorder may have possibly developed after the patient began using. Nevertheless, drugs and alcohol tend to exacerbate many untreated medical conditions and a significant amount of patients who suffer from mental illnesses are inclined to abuse drugs, which is why our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program (also referred to as Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment) at Sprout Health Florida is a critical step in drug and alcohol recovery.

This specialized treatment can locate and isolate the underlying mental health factors that contribute to the ongoing addiction of the patient. These overlapping conditions may include anxiety, personality disorders, mood swings, eating disorders, panic disorders and depression. When left untreated, these factors can sabotage the rehabilitation process which is why our team of expert psychologists and therapists work to target and treat these often ignored but critical issues.

Patients take a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s physical, mental, social, emotional, as well as spiritual health and plan customized treatments based on those findings. Our dual diagnosis treatment program is approached similarly to the psychiatric treatment of mental health problems with individual, group and family therapy.

Dual diagnosis treatment still remains an underutilized practice in most drug treatment centers. Treatment of mental health has usually been isolated from that of addiction treatment. Sprout Health Florida firmly believes in the efficacy of this method for treating addiction. There is much evidence and research within recent years which supports the need for dual diagnosis treatment in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs as the separation between the two has often resulted in less than desirable outcomes for many patients, including the lack of retention in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. This unfortunately leads many individuals to an increased risk for hardships such as: imprisonment, poverty, self-destruction, homelessness and seclusion. By treating mental health causes in addition to treating drug and alcohol addiction, program retention rates improve, overall health and wellness improve and patients are more likely to remain drug and alcohol-free post-treatment.

Indications of Dual Diagnosis

It is important that friends and family pay close attention to loved ones who may be fighting with substance abuse coupled with additional disorders. The importance of friends and family participation within our dual diagnosis treatment program cannot be understated. Someone who is close to the patient may be able to identify certain characteristics that may fall under dual diagnosis as an outsider looking in. Some indicators include:

  • Compulsive use of a substance
  • An inability to discontinue using a substance
  • Becoming difficult or anxious when they do not have access to a substance
  • Participation in illegal, irresponsible or dangerous means in order to retrieve a substance,
  • Preoccupation or obsession with the perceived benefits of a substance
  • Engaging in risky behavior as a result of using a substance.

Also, if there is a history of repeated relapses even after completion of addiction treatment programs, it is highly likely that the individual is suffering from an underlying disorder and could benefit from dual diagnosis treatment. In many of these instances, patients are attempting to self-medicate through the use of certain substances in order to suppress their previous trauma, pain, stress and/or calm the effects of an untreated disorder. Family and friends of patients need to be present in identifying the symptoms of dual diagnosis disorder and must also play a major role as the support system for the continued recovery of the individual in post-treatment.

Dual diagnosis treatments will also include variations of wellness practices meant to enhance the lives of our patients whether they be inpatient, outpatient or post-treatment. These practices may include: exercise, meditation, art therapy and music therapy. Each of these practices and more can be utilized depending on the preferences of the individual. We take pride in offering natural and holistic approaches to treatment in order to encourage healthy habits and worthwhile lifestyle goals.


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After completing the assessment, Sprout Health Florida offers several different types of therapies to provide treatment for behavioral and mental tendencies of those who struggle with addiction. These therapies address all areas necessary to the path of recovery.