Dual Diagnosis Specialist

Insight Health and Wellness

Addiction Treatment Centers & Mental Health located in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

An estimated 9.2 million men and women in the United States have additional mental health disorders in addition to a substance use disorder. If you have co-occurring conditions, known as dual diagnosis, you need specialized care to address both your addiction and your mental health disorder. The team of experts at Insight Health and Wellness in West Los Angeles has extensive experience diagnosing and treating dual diagnosis patients. The team works with your primary care provider to offer forward-thinking, collaborative health care for effective addiction recovery. To schedule a consultation, call the Sawtelle neighborhood clinic today, or make an appointment online.

Dual Diagnosis Q & A

What is a dual diagnosis?

You have a dual diagnosis when you have both a substance use disorder, or addiction, and a mental health condition. 

Many types of mental health conditions can occur along with addiction, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sometimes addiction arises because you abuse substances as a means to cope with the symptoms of an existing mental health disorder. Substance abuse can also contribute to the development of mental health conditions because it changes the chemistry and function of the brain and has an effect on your physical health.

What are the symptoms of a dual diagnosis?

If you have symptoms of both addiction and a mental health condition, it could indicate that you have a dual diagnosis. The trained and experienced mental health professionals at Insight Health and Wellness have the expertise to accurately diagnose co-occurring conditions.

Some common symptoms of addiction include:

  • Withdrawal from social interaction
  • Inability to control substance use
  • Inability to function without the substance
  • Needing more and more of the drug 
  • Risk-taking behavior
  • Spending a lot of time or money obtaining the drug

The broad range of mental health disorders that can occur along with addiction can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Some symptoms that occur with several of these conditions include:

  • Mood swings
  • Disordered thoughts
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others

If you’re experiencing overwhelming negative emotions such as sadness, worry, or fear, you may have a mental health disorder.

How is dual diagnosis treated?

If you have a dual diagnosis, it’s essential that you receive integrated care for both your conditions. Addiction treatment may not be successful if the co-occurring mental health disorder isn’t addressed, and vice versa. The providers at Insight Health and Wellness offer personalized, integrative treatment plans designed to address your unique mental health and substance abuse needs.

Your customized program may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling
  • Exercise, yoga, and mindfulness training
  • Neurofeedback
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Relapse prevention

If you require antidepressants or other medications, the team works with your doctor to monitor how it is affecting your treatment.

If you think you may have a dual diagnosis and you’d like to schedule an evaluation with a licensed mental health provider at Insight Health and Wellness, call the office today, or make an appointment online.