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Young Adult Rehab: The Meaning of Dual-Diagnosis Care

Dual-Diagnosis can treat substance abuse and the underlying cause

For many young adults and their parents, the decision to get help for alcohol or drug abuse can be a life-changing moment. It usually follows months, if not years, of pain and agony. But, once someone hits rock bottom, they can start to change and get the help they need. For some young adults, that includes dual-diagnosis treatment. But that idea can be confusing and scary for some, so let’s look at what that means.

Young Adult Rehab: When Is It Needed?

In-patient and out-patient rehab give safe spaces for young adults to address their alcoholism or drug use. It can be the first step in the process to break the cycle of addiction and the return to day-to-day life. Rehab often includes medical and psychiatric care to help a person safely stop their substance use and find support to start a new life.

Young Adult Rehab: What Is Dual-Diagnosis?

For some people, no matter the age, substance use disorders and mental health illness go hand-in-hand. According to medical reports from the Journal of the American Medical Association, 50% of people with severe mental disorders are affected by substance use disorders. About 37% of people who abuse alcohol and 53% who abuse narcotics have at least one serious mental health issue.

Not everybody who abuses alcohol or drug has a mental illness, but some conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorder and part of the reason they turn to substances.

A dual-diagnosis means finding the underlying cause of substance use disorders.

Young Adult Rehab: What is Dual-Diagnosis care?

Dual-Diagnosis care is how staff at Momentum approaches addiction treatment. Our staff has the experience and innovative therapies to help people learn how trauma and mental health conditions have lingering effects. Then they help people heal.

Dual-Diagnosis care looks to treat both substance use in young adults and the underlying health causes.

Contact our staff at Momentum today to learn more about dual-diagnosis care or to find out if it’s the correct treatment option for you or a loved one.