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Addiction is more than a habit. It’s a compulsion that stems from your brain and body becoming physically dependent on a substance to function. At its core, addiction is an abnormality in the brain — one caused by repeated exposure to something that triggers a reaction in your brain’s pleasure or rewards centers. In the case of addiction related to substance abuse, it’s a drug or alcohol that you come to rely on to find that “feel-good” reaction. Over time, it becomes almost impossible for you to feel happy, relaxed or energetic without satisfying your addiction because your brain simply doesn’t produce the right chemicals on its own. When addiction reaches this point, many people end up developing other mental health disorders like depression or anxiety, or making existing mental health disorders like bipolar disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder worse. These situations are called co-occurring disorders, a co-occurring diagnosis or a dual diagnosis.

Treating Co-Occurring or Dual Diagnoses

When addiction develops in the presence of other mental health disorders, treatment becomes slightly more complex. Co-occurring disorders should be addressed by professionals who are trained in addiction treatment and mental health counseling. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stresses the need to seek a treatment facility that is properly credentialed to treat co-occurring addictions and disorders — integrated treatments can significantly reduce chances of relapse.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at The Springboard Center

The Springboard Center is fully equipped to provide our full range of treatment services for clients who are struggling with a mental health disorder alongside their addiction. Our staff includes licensed chemical dependency counselors with backgrounds in psychology, alcohol and drug addiction and substance abuse counseling. We also have a highly qualified nursing staff with experience in mental health nursing who are prepared to handle any situations that may arise, and close partnerships with neighboring hospitals in the case of medical emergencies.

In addition, we offer a unique psychology program for our dual diagnosis clients and their families. Three time per week, we host visits from fully-licensed and accredited local psychiatrists who can provide specialized mental health counseling as well as medication management. Once per week, we offer a psychiatry clinic for our clients and their loved ones to talk to our psychiatrists, learn more about the process of treating dual diagnoses and understand how to best support someone who is struggling with a co-occurring addiction and mental health disorder.

The Springboard Center is on the leading edge of dual diagnosis treatment in Texas. Our upcoming reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is slated to include their highest level of accreditation for dual diagnosis treatment in the region as we continue to develop and improve our programs.

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