Dual Diagnosis and Addiction Treatment

Safe & Expert Addiction Treatment & Detox

Smarmore Offers Unrivalled Facilities and Medically Managed Detox From Drugs and Alcohol.

Dual diagnosis is a medical term that describes when an individual suffers from an alcohol or drug addiction in addition to mental health difficulties such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, an eating disorder or a personality disorder.If you are suffering from addiction at the same time as experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, or eating disorders, contact us for specialised treatment.

There is a close relationship between addiction and psychological disorders, and often the two can develop simultaneously over a period of time.

While substance abuse can lead to mental health issues, the opposite can also be true, where drugs and alcohol are used in response to psychological problems e.g. in the case of Post Traumatic Stress disorder, where the person affected may ‘self-medicate’ with alcohol or drugs.

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How We Treat Dual Diagnosis

There is no single treatment option for dual diagnosis as it is a complex condition and each case is unique. The addiction and the underlying mental health issues are best managed and treated at a residential rehab clinic, at the same time and in the same location. At Smarmore Castle, we offer a comprehensive care programme which treats both drug addiction and any related mental disorders.

Dual diagnosis must be treated on a case-by-case basis as each patient is different. We develop personalised treatment plans for every patient according to their individual needs. Due to the complex interaction between drug use and mental health, it is best to treat both problems within a residential rehabilitation programme. 

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Why Residential Rehabilitation Is the Best Treatment

Co-occurring mental health and addiction problems should be treated simultaneously to give the patient the best chance of a full recovery. Dual diagnosis disorders are very complicated because drug and alcohol use can exacerbate psychological problems and produce unpredictable mental and physiological effects in the user.

It is because of the complexity of this disorder that residential rehabilitation is the best option to treat these patients. Patients can receive treatment for both addiction and mental health disorders at the same time. If the focus is solely on treating the addiction, the, untreated mental health issues make the patient vulnerable to relapse.

Outpatient and smaller clinics are often ill-equipped to treat these disorders and the patient may have to attend many different service providers to find the treatment they need. By contrast, Smarmore Castle offers a high-quality, comprehensive treatment programme located on one site.

Our Treatment Programme for Dual Diagnosis

At Smarmore Castle, our highly experienced, specialist team of Consultant Psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and therapists have an impressive track record when it comes to helping people recover from dual diagnosis.

Our treatment programme contains the following components:

The length of the treatment varies between patients depending on their initial addiction diagnosis and their physical and mental condition as they progress through the programme.

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If you are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction at the same time as experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, OCD or eating disorders, get in touch with our admissions team for advice on your treatment options.

  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. At the end of the day, it needs to be their decision because they are the ones that need to be open to turning their lives around. There are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter treatment, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the addict. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We can detox people from any drugs whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport and we can arrange a driver to collect you and bring you straight to us for free.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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