What Does It Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?

What Does It Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?Lortab addiction is almost always connected to other mental heath issues. This powerful prescription painkiller is comprised of hydrocodone (a highly addictive opiate) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). In addition to blocking physical pain, this drug temporarily relieves symptoms of the following psychological conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Self-esteem deficiencies
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

Even issues like loneliness and boredom increase the risk for becoming physically and psychologically addicted to Lortab. When people suffer from addiction and a co-occurring disorder, they have a Dual Diagnosis, and a specific treatment plan is required for recovery to be realized.

How Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Work?

The goal of Dual Diagnosis treatment is to address all emotional issues that a patient experiences so a comprehensive treatment plan can provide for a thorough recovery. While classic addiction treatment used to focus on physical detox alone, most addicts relapsed due to the ongoing emotional distress their other conditions caused. In a way, Dual Diagnosis treatment  can be compared to pulling a weed out by the root instead of just clipping it at the surface of the ground: when the underlying issue is identified and addressed, then the likelihood of relapse is significantly reduced. This type of treatment commonly uses the following therapeutic elements:

  • In depth personal counseling of various types
  • A thorough diagnosis of all mental health issues the individual faces
  • Peer or group counseling meetings that allow patients to help each other
  • Empowering education about the cause and function of addiction
  • Coping skill enhancement
  • Non-traditional techniques, such as prayer, meditation, yoga and etc.

This kind of comprehensive treatment is often progressive in nature. As one layer of healing is achieved others rise to the surface. A person may find freedom from an anxiety disorder only to then realize that she also struggles with poor self-esteem, a personality disorder, or even depression. Because this process takes time it is usually recommended for addicts to undertake it in a full-time, residential format.

Finding the Best Dual Diagnosis Programs Available

Choosing the best treatment program can be an incredibly daunting process, but our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day with the following free services:

  • Referrals to the best treatment programs for your unique needs
  • Confidential answers to all of your questions about Lortab and addiction
  • Help navigating insurance coverage issues
  • Transportation assistance and other logistical help

Lortab addiction is a powerful physiological and emotional disorder, and Dual Diagnosis treatment is the most effective way to find lasting healing. Call now for free, confidential help.