Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in PA and NJ

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Dual diagnosis treatment is typically offered when a person is struggling with both a mental health disorder and addiction at the same time. Many times, mental disorders can trigger addiction to occur. The inverse is also true. This is taken into consideration at Summit Outpatient in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, because we know that addiction and mental disorders need combined treatment in order for an individual to overcome substance abuse and live a happier life.

Addiction & Mental Health Disorder Dual Treatment

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis & Drug Rehab

Dual diagnosis can be defined as when a person has two more disorders occurring at once. Examples include depression and alcoholism, anxiety and cocaine addiction, and PTSD and binge drinking. These are just few of the many examples of dual diagnosis-related cases, which are also known as co-occurring disorders.

Mental disorders that are often present during dual diagnosis treatment include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Addiction

What is Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehabilitation?

Dual diagnosis is often a complex situation that needs to be handled by medical personnel with experience dealing with various disorders. The relationship between mental illness and addiction can include one or more of the following:

    • Self-Medication:

      When a person is dealing with a mental disorder, they may or may not be aware of it. Self-medicating often occurs because the person will feel less pain when they are abusing substances. This can lead to dependence on the substance, which almost always makes the situation worse than if the person would have been treated appropriately for the mental disorder.

    • Substance-Induced Psychosis:

      When a person doesn’t have a mental disorder already, they can still feel the symptoms of a mental disorder due to ongoing substance abuse. The overuse of substances can lead a person to feel symptoms that weren’t formerly present, such as:

      • Depression
      • Hallucinations
      • Delusions
      • Anxiety
      • Other mental health disorders


  • Intensified Substance Abuse or Worsening Existing Mental Illnesses:

    When someone with a mental disorder uses drugs or alcohol, the mental illness can worsen. For example, when a person with depression decides to binge drink, they may begin to feel suicidal while they’re consuming, or beginning to withdrawal from, alcohol. Likewise, those suffering from bi-polar or other disorders may exacerbate the symptoms by using substances like drugs or alcohol.

How Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Are Different

No Cookie-Cutter Treatment Programs

Summit Outpatient takes a personalized approach to treatment for co-occurring disorders. Our dual diagnosis drug rehab programs are customized to your needs, teaching you how to make changes in your day-to-day lifestyle while integrating techniques to reduce cravings.

At our dual diagnosis treatment centers in PA and NJ, you will receive a dedicated therapist that you can go to with any needs or questions. We also integrate counseling and holistic treatment techniques that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle during and after treatment.

Best of all, our treatment programs are flexible with your school and/or work schedule, so that you can still attend to your daily obligations while receiving treatment that helps you maintain sobriety. To get started on a program that will help you put addiction away for good, call Summit Outpatient at the number below.