Dual Diagnosis Treatment in North Florida

Dual diagnosis treatment is necessary when a patient struggles with co-occuring disorders – a simultaneously existing mental health disorder and an alcohol or drug addiction. Addicted individuals may also struggle with disorders that include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or personality disorders without their knowledge. Over time, the lack of treatment for one condition can exacerbate the other.

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Substance Abuse Treatment with multiple levels of careOur dual diagnosis treatment center has a state-of-the-art detoxification facility and the Lakeview Health staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We closely monitor the progress of patients detoxing in our drug and alcohol rehab facility. Physical and psychological assessments are made daily, and each member of our multidisciplinary team participates in the treatment plan for the addict.

Lakeview Health’s doctors make every attempt to use medications for mental health symptoms that will not be addictive. When the dual diagnosis patient is properly medicated for mental health symptoms, the risk of relapse decreases.

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Programs Look at Recovery Comprehensively


90% Overall SatisfactionSome recovery or rehabilitation centers that don’t acknowledge dual-diagnosis do their patients a disservice. Lakeview Health, on the other hand, looks at recovery comprehensively. Full recovery means not just the cessation of drugs or alcohol for a specific period, but a lifestyle where drug use is not a temptation as a result of undiagnosed or misidentified mental illnesses.

A thorough dual-diagnosis treatment program is beneficial because it gives patients the tools they need to have a lasting recovery. For instance, when depression, anxiety or panic attacks hit, patients will know what they are dealing with. Counselors or therapists may equip patients with techniques and tips to handle these psychological side effects, which in turn can reduce the need and desire for drug or alcohol use.

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Lakeview Health’s Dual Diagnosis Program Offers:

  • Medication management
  • Mood stabilization and continued monitoring by doctors
  • Relapse prevention techniques for addiction
  • Education on coping skills for managing mental health disorders
  • Resolution of underlying issues contributing to dual diagnosis
  • Counseling with family or significant others to increase awareness about dual diagnosis

Doctors, therapists and nurses will work with the patient, from initial admission to discharge, on an aftercare plan to reduce the risk of re-hospitalizations, additional legal and financial problems, homelessness, suicide, violence, sexual and physical victimization, incarceration or the development or worsening of serious illness.

Lakeview has been a very rewarding treatment center, both for my drug rehab and the treatment of my depression issues as well. The staff are all great to work with and very understanding of the stresses of recovery. ~ Douglas K.

Medications are Prescribed with Addictive Behavior in Mind

image of a nurse taking blood pressure of a patient at LakeviewAnother reason that a dual-diagnosis treatment program is so vital for some patients has to do with prescription medications. Depending on the addiction or addictions in each case, prescription medications can be a major concern and a potential hurdle toward sobriety. In a dual diagnosis program, however, medical professionals are aware of the risks and concerns of prescription medications in the treatment of mental illnesses and disorders. They will understand which medications are risky for those addicted to drugs or alcohol, and they will cognizant of dosage, increased reliance and signs of a potential relapse.

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Everyone dealing with dual diagnosis – both patients and loved ones – should realize the importance of mental health medications. Even if you feel better and symptoms have decreased, you cannot stop taking your mental health medications. This increases the risk of relapsing on substance abuse. If you feel like you want to stop your medication, make sure to consult your psychiatrist first.

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