Dual Diagnosis

Rehabilitation Programme for Dual Diagnosis, Ireland

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis describes someone who suffers from addiction, as well as a related mental health issue such as depression, anxiety or PTSD. Dual diagnosis is best treated within a hospital environment in order to successfully treat both disorders.

Dual diagnosis treatment is an increasingly common occurrence among patients seeking help with alcohol or drug addiction at Smarmore Castle.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis describes the situation where someone who suffers from addiction also has one or more mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, PTSD  or some other disorder that is not directly linked to their addiction. Dual diagnosis is also known as ‘co-occurring disorder’, or ‘comorbidity’.

The diagnosis itself is challenging because some mental health conditions, such as depression, occur as a result of addiction, but can also occur separately due to a different cause. Great care must be taken with the diagnosis because treatment that follows can have negative consequences if the diagnosis is wrong.

For example, clinical depression that is quite separate in origin from a person’s alcohol abuse may require specific medication and a specifically focused psychotherapy.  But, if mis-diagnosed, those drugs and that therapy will be quite inappropriate. They may have an adverse effect on the patient’s ability to recover.

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Treatment for Dual Diagnosis Patients

At Smarmore Castle our highly trained professionals recognise the challenges of dual diagnosis and use special assessment tools to ensure that diagnoses are made correctly. Dual diagnosis is best treated within a residential hospital environment where co-morbid disorders and treatment progress can be regularly monitored.

We aim to help educate patients about their illnesses while encouraging assertiveness and building self-esteem; we also teach healthy coping strategies and practise relapse prevention techniques. Our complementary therapies, equine therapy and drumming, explore the hidden causes of addiction and related psychological issues.

Dual diagnosis patients will start the usual addiction treatment programme of individual and group therapy, written assignments and educational lectures and workshops. As part of their treatment plan, they will also receive counselling from specialist staff on such issues that arise from the dual diagnosis. These might be issues for example, of anger, depression or anxiety.

Where trauma is involved, this may require other types of therapy such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

There are also specialist groups to address childhood trauma, grief and other issues. It is always beneficial to be in a residential setting when addressing co-morbid disorders, especially in extreme cases where the treatment sessions can be challenging and tiring.

Treatment Facilities for Dual Diagnosis in Ireland

Ireland is not currently well-equipped to provide dual diagnosis treatment and much that there is seems to be on a day-care basis.

According to Dual Diagnosis Ireland, “most mental health services and addiction treatment centres in Ireland are currently not organised to treat such people holistically.”

Smarmore Castle offers specialised care, 24/7, in a single, consistent framework.

Our treatment programme is a well-tried route to recovery for dual diagnosis patients because it allows uninterrupted medical and psychotherapeutic treatment that addresses both illnesses: addiction and any additional mental health disorders.

Our intensive, personalised treatment programme follows the 12 Steps, providing detox and medical treatment, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and other specialist therapies

Multidisciplinary Team of Specialists

Our experienced team of medical staff is made up of a consultant psychiatrist, certified therapists, doctors and nurses. They review each patient’s progress on a daily basis and recommend necessary directions for the patient’s personalised treatment plan.

This allows difficult cases, like dual diagnosis, to receive the time and attention they require for a full recovery.

Contact us for Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction alongside a mental health disorder, it’s important you seek help before both illnesses progress. Contact us if you wish to access treatment, or for advice on the next steps. Dual diagnosis is a complex issue and needs to be treated accordingly with the help of trained professionals in a hospital environment. 

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    Last updated & clinically assessed 16 February, 2022