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Oct 30, 2019 / by Spearhead Lodge

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Of the over 20 million Americans with a substance use disorder, nearly 8 million have also been diagnosed with a mental illness. Instances of co-occurring disorders, also referred to as dual diagnosis cases, are increasingly common, particularly in the male segment of the population. More than half of the people who reported experiencing both an addiction and mental illness were men.

Addiction and mental illness can feed into one another, creating a vicious cycle of suffering. This is a major concern, because research shows that men are much less likely to seek mental health treatment than their female counterparts. In order to fully recover, both the addiction and its root cause must be treated. Spearhead Lodge offers mental health care in partnership with addiction treatment to ensure complete, lasting healing.

Signs of Mental Illness

When someone experiences a substance use disorder, this can take the form of an addiction to alcohol, prescription medication, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, or many other substances. Similarly, mental illnesses have countless nuances. If your loved one has never been formally diagnosed with a mental illness, but you observe the below behaviors, we encourage you to reach out to Spearhead Lodge today.

Symptoms of mental illness in men may include:

  • Anger, irritability
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Changes in mood, appetite, or energy level
  • Changes in sleeping patterns (sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Seeming restless
  • Expresses feelings of worry
  • Low mood, inability to enjoy once-loved activities
  • Feeling “flat”
  • Random aches and pains, seemingly without a physical cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Unusual thoughts or behaviors that disturb others

Co-Occurring Disorders Treated at Spearhead Lodge

Spearhead Lodge crafts a unique treatment plan for each and every individual who joins the program. This means that our team of clinicians and addiction experts are able to tailor care to your loved one’s specific needs. We treat mood disorders – which include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder – along with personality disorders, complex trauma, and PTSD. This list is by no means exhaustive; our team has experience treating a wide spectrum of mental health concerns. If you have questions about a specific offering, please reach out today for more information.

Our team of experts select the therapeutic approach that will work best for each client. At times, they may even combine therapies for maximum effect. Spearhead Lodge makes use of cutting-edge treatments like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and experiential therapy, while also employing proven methods such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and psychodrama. Additionally, family involvement, robust alumni resources, 24/7 medical care, and neuropsychological testing are available to every program participant.

Proven Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

Spearhead Lodge’s message of hope, recovery, and freedom has helped countless young men to reclaim their potential. Our gender-specific programming addresses the unique concerns of dual diagnosis patients, resolving years of mental illness and substance use simultaneously. Through comprehensive addiction treatment and extensive focus on one’s mental health, the miracle of recovery can be yours, too. Call 1-866-905-4550 to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment services.