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Addiction Treatment Centers, Drug and Alcohol Rehab and Addiction Intervention Services
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center
Not all drug treatment centers are equipped to handle those who are considered as having a dual diagnosis (a mental or personality disorder, which some health care professionals are expanding to include post-traumatic stress disorder-PTSD-as well as a drug or alcohol problem), and therefore cannot accept them and a dual diagnosis treatment center may not want to accept anyone but a dual diagnosis patient. This is because, depending on how a center is designed, it may not be able to provide but certain types of substance abuse treatment.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine classifies drug alcohol treatment centers and alcohol treatment centers into three categories. These are: addiction-only services, dual diagnosis capable and dual diagnosis enhanced centers. The categories did not specify whether or not the treatment centers were substance specific (in other words, they treated ONLY drug abuse or ONLY alcohol abuse) or if they were equipped to handle any and all types of addiction treatment.
Addiction-only services or AOS, were defined as drug treatment centers or alcohol treatment centers that could not accept patients who were diagnosed with mental or personality disorders for which they were receiving ongoing treatment, even if they were currently considered in a stable condition and were functioning at an acceptable level or higher. The reasons for their inability to accept patients could range from not having sufficient funding to simply having the option of choosing not to accept such patients for rehabilitation.
Dual Diagnosis Capable or DDC, drug treatment centers or alcohol treatment centers (again, no distinction was made) whose primary focus was on addiction treatment or substance abuse treatment ONLY. However, they did have the capabilities of accepting and treating those persons who had been diagnosed with mental or personality disorders (or the propensity for them to develop) as long as they were exhibiting signs of relative stability.
Dual Diagnosis Enhanced rehabilitation facilities were those that were specifically designed and/or had the capabilities to accept and treat dual-diagnosis patients. Basically, this means that a dual diagnosis treatment center will have staff members who are trained or experienced in dealing with patients who have psychiatric problems as well as substance abuse problems. They will know what signs to look for in regard to whether or not a person's mental or emotional disorder is improving or worsening as a result of the addiction treatment. In addition, regulations and guidelines will be in place to provide for patient and staff safety and security.
A dedicated dual diagnosis treatment center may be exactly what is needed for someone who is suffering from a mental or emotional disorder and also requires addiction treatment. Knowing such facilities are available can alleviate much of the stress that can often be felt when dealing with a person with these problems.