The initial phase of receiving treatment for a drug or alcohol use disorder involves detoxification, or the expelling from the body of the related chemicals and toxins related to the substance. A residential detoxification allows the individual to benefit from oversight and intervention for managing the withdrawal symptoms that will emerge during the detox process.
Many individuals who struggle with a substance use disorder may have a co-occurring mental health disorder. When two disorders coexist, it is referred to as a dual diagnosis. The existence of a dual diagnosis creates a more enhanced, even erratic, overall version of a substance use disorder.
Many people struggle to manage a mental health condition on their own, hoping that eventually it will resolve itself. Unfortunately, in most cases once a mental health disorder develops it will only become more unmanageable as time goes on, leading to more psychological and physical consequences. Untreated mental illness can derail a career and destabilize relationships as well.