Any type of addiction is dangerous or even life-threatening, but some cases are more difficult to treat and overcome than others.
A family may wonder how to convince an addict to get help, and this can be especially difficult for people struggling with both addiction and mental illness. These “dual diagnosis” cases require careful treatment for both addiction and mental health, and family members play an important role in both areas.
Handling Dual Diagnosis Cases
Many substance abuse problems run in tandem with mental health issues. A person may have a mental health problem that he or she decides to try to treat with addictive drugs, creating a dangerous symbiotic relationship in which the mental health problem and the addiction feed into one another.
In other cases, some people develop mental health problems during the course of feeding an addiction. For example, many people who abuse drugs engage in risky or dangerous behaviors. Incidents like violence, sexual assaults or criminal acts can leave an addicted person traumatized and open the door to other mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
Interventions for Dual Diagnosis
While many families will recognize the need for an intervention, some may wonder what to do about a loved one struggling with both substance abuse and a mental health disorder like depression. Some people wonder what to say during an intervention and feel completely lost when it comes to handling a loved one’s mental health issues.
This is where a professional interventionist can be a tremendous asset. An interventionist can help family members acknowledge how they have influenced a loved one’s addictive behaviors or exacerbated an existing mental health issue.
During a professional intervention, the family will learn to acknowledge the roles they have played in their loved one’s addiction, including past conflicts, familial tensions and enabling behaviors. While this may be somewhat straightforward for addiction, intervention is much more complicated when it involves a mental health issue.
Addiction and mental illness often have profound effects on families, and a professional interventionist can help families find the right resources for their loved one’s dual diagnosis issues.
Dual Diagnosis Interventions
Dual diagnosis cases require delicate treatment that addresses both issues simultaneously. When a person is suffering from addiction and a mental health issue, he or she will not be able to fully recover from one condition without addressing the other.
A professional interventionist such as one from Family First Intervention can help families plan the intervention process as well as prepare for everything that comes after the intervention. This may include mental health and family counseling, group therapy sessions and many other possible treatments.
Our interventionists travel all over the country to help families handle interventions and rehab, and we understand that no two families are the same, nor are any two addictions the same.
Every family, especially those with a loved one struggling with a dual diagnosis, will have unique factors to consider and will respond differently to treatment. Most interventions focus on the family’s desire to see their loved one recover, but this process is more complex for cases involving mental health issues.
Why Hire a Professional?
The intervention process may sound straightforward at first, but hiring a professional interventionist for assistance is the safest possible choice for handling one. Family members’ emotions can flare during an intervention, and if a discussion devolves into a “blame game,” or family members start insulting or accusing each other for the addiction in question, it does nothing to help the person struggling with addiction.
Tense situations like these are for people suffering from mental health issues as well. A professional interventionist will act as a host for the intervention and also a mediator. Our professionals are well-trained for the most difficult intervention scenarios, and they know how to help families approach the difficult subject of dual diagnosis.
Family members of people who are struggling with both addiction and mental health issues require professional, compassionate assistance during the intervention process and beyond. If your loved one seems to be suffering from a mental health problem in addition to substance abuse, it’s crucial to act quickly before the dual diagnosis situation worsens.
Reach out to Family First Intervention if you would like more information about handling dual diagnosis cases, or to get started on planning an intervention for a loved one.