What is Dual Diagnosis?
Dual diagnosis describes someone who suffers from addiction as well as a related mental health issue such as:Dual diagnosis is best treated at a residential rehab clinic.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
- Eating disorder,
- Sexual compulsivity,
- Other psychological disorders.
Dual diagnosis is also known as ‘co-occurring disorder’, or ‘comorbidity’.
Treatment Facilities for Dual Diagnosis in Ireland
According to Dual Diagnosis Ireland, “most mental health services and addiction treatment centres in Ireland are currently not organised to treat such people holistically.” At Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin we treat both the substance use and the mental health disorder at the same time in our residential clinic.
Rehabilitation Programme for Dual Diagnosis, Ireland
Smarmore Castle inpatient addiction clinic offers specialised care, 24/7, in a single, consistent framework. Our treatment programme is particularly valuable for dual diagnosis patients, because it allows for long-term medical and psychotherapeutic treatment that addresses both illnesses: the addiction and the mental health disorder.
We educate patients about their illnesses, encourage assertiveness and build self-esteem; we teach coping strategies, and practice relapse prevention techniques. Our complementary therapies, equine therapy and drumming, explore the hidden causes of addiction and related psychological issues.
Multidisciplinary Team of Specialists
Our experienced 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. Patients are involved in developing their personalised treatment plan and in setting goals for their recovery.