Understanding Dual Diagnosis Treatment

I had never dealt with drug addiction or rehabilitation centers until college. I was assigned a random dorm roommate my freshman year, and this woman ended up being my best friend for many years to come. Although we both had separate lives after graduating college, we maintained a close friendship, and kept in touch frequently. As the two of us grew older and steadier in our lives, I ended up securing a wonderful career and marrying my high school sweetheart.

However, my friend had other ideas. She had always been free-spirited, and enjoyed trying new things. She thought she would end up getting married around the same time as I did, but when she refused to enter the adult world, there were some serious consequences for her. The year I was going to be married was the year my friend and I began drifting apart. She would often not return my calls for weeks at a time, and when she would finally be in touch with me, she seemed so much different than she had ever been. I knew that something was not right with her, and began fearing for the worse. When I didn’t hear back from her for over a month’s time, I began growing seriously worried.

After talking to some of her family members, I found out that she was battling a serious drug and alcohol addiction. She had told me that she was busy with her life and that things were insanely good for her, and this was the reason she could not keep in touch with me. However, her family informed me that she was not spending time with anyone, and would often battle her addictions alone in her apartment outside of town. This saddened me deeply, and I immediately went to talk to her. When she resisted to speak to me in person, I knew that things were worse than I thought. I told her that she would end up living in this lifestyle forever if she did not make a serious effort to turn things around.

She informed me that she had sought drug rehabilitation last year and relapsed worse than ever. I could not believe that her drug problem manifested into a huge alcohol problem, and I knew she would need some serious help before it was too late. Upon returning home, I was talking to my soon-to-be-husband about my friend. When he told me to refer her to a rehabilitation center, I told him that she had failed at rehabilitation centers before, and was unwilling to try again. It was then that he told me about dual diagnosis treatment.

My husband had worked in the therapy world for many years prior to this, and he was quite educated on dual diagnosis treatment. He informed me that dual diagnosis treatment is important for individuals who are fighting more than one addiction. Often times, if people enter a facility that is geared at fighting a specific type of addiction, it does not cater to many individuals. This causes people to think that rehabilitation centers do not work, and will often relapse terribly. However, my husband told me that dual diagnosis treatment would be perfect for my friend because they would address each angle of her disease.

This would provide a larger possibility for success, and thus I proposed it to my friend. After she refused many times, my friend finally agreed to go to dual diagnosis treatment. While she now takes her addiction one day at a time, it is clear that within the dual diagnosis treatment program, she is able to truly discover what it is that causes these various addictions, and how she can be on the road to recovery.

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