Fort Worth Dual Diagnosis and Drug Treatment

A dual diagnosis is the co-existence of a mental illness and a substance use disorder. There are a wide range of possible dual diagnosis interactions, with examples including depression disorder and alcoholism, panic disorder and sedative abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence. Dual diagnosis interactions affect people in a variety of different ways, with specialized treatment often needed to break the cycle between mental illness and drug abuse. Depending on the substance of addiction and nature of the mental illness, entering one of the tailored Fort Worth dual diagnosis and drug treatment centers may be needed. While integrated treatment is often recommended, sometimes people living with a dual diagnosis may have to settle for less comprehensive treatment options.

If you are suffering with dual diagnosis, there are Fort Worth drug detox treatment centers offering treatment programs that can help you. Dial (817) 764-5728 for more information.

Depression and Alcoholism

Multiple links are known to exist between depression disorder and alcohol use disorder, with some people drinking as a way to drown their sorrows and others developing depression problems as a result of drug addiction. Depressed people often self-medicate with alcohol and other psychoactive substances, with drugs often able to provide temporary relief from mental illness. Ongoing consumption is only likely to exasperate existing problems, however, with professional treatment programs often needed to break the cycle of depression and alcoholism. Alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, with long-term exposure to alcohol and other CNS depressants often leading to mental depression over time.

Methamphetamine Induced Psychosis

While some dual diagnosis conditions involve complex bi-directional relationships, others are much easier to analyze and treat. Methamphetamine induced psychosis is one example of a clear linear connection, with other stimulant drugs like cocaine also known to induce psychotic states. Unlike depression disorder and anxiety disorders, drug induced psychosis is normally an acute state, with symptoms only present for a short period of time. By treating the underlying reasons for psychosis, which in this situation is methamphetamine abuse, clinicians are also able to treat the secondary disorder.

The vast majority of drug induced psychosis cases are due to CNS stimulants, with amphetamines, methamphetamine, and cocaine all represented. While hallucinogenic drugs are also thought to cause psychosis, these drugs have been shown to mimic psychotic states rather than actually causing them.

If you're considering treatment, call (817) 764-5728 for help finding addiction rehab treatment centers in Fort Worth. You can also visit your local Narcotics Anonymous ( for more support.

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