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Substance Abuse Disorders & Dual Diagnosis

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Substance use disorder changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family. In 2014, 20.2 million adults in the U.S. had a substance use disorder and 7.9 million had both a substance use disorder and another mental illness. More than half of the people with both a substance use disorder and another mental illness were men (4.1 million). Having two illnesses at the same time is known as “comorbidity” and it can make treating each disorder more difficult

SUDs are a type of mental health disorder. That is, they occur as a result of changes and dependency in the physical body and the brain. Understanding that it’s a mental health disorder makes it possible to treat the underlying cause of the addiction.

Helping patients cope with substance abuse addiction, prescription drug addiction, drug overuse or alcohol addiction, Access Ohio lets individuals become self-dependent, productive and healthy. Detoxification treatment and a comprehensive rehabilitation program for the patient and his/her family helps establish a long-term commitment to sobriety and mental wellness. Addiction counseling includes crisis stabilization, community integration, family therapy intervention and rehab. Group counseling therapy, with the support of peers and trained counselors, eases the patient’s transition into a valuable community member.  

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