Treating Polysubstance Abuse with Dual Diagnosis Rehab

Treating Polysubstance Abuse with Dual Diagnosis Rehab

Many people think that those who are addicted to drugs are only addicted to only one particular drug. That just simply is not the case. Often times those that abuse substances, although they may have a favorite, use more than one substance throughout the span of a year’s time. This can be for a number of different reasons, but it is important to determine those reasons in treatment so that those that practice polysubstance abuse can live a life free from addiction. Treatment can be successful, even for those that use more than one substance, with dual diagnosis rehab.

What is Polysubstance Abuse?

Polysubstance abuse is classified as an addiction disorder and is characterized by the use of three separate addiction-forming drugs in the period of a 12-month timeframe. For those that suffer from polysubstance abuse, they may not necessarily have a dependence on all of the drugs they use. Other characteristics of polysubstance addiction include:

  • The forming of a tolerance, meaning that the individual must take a higher dose to feel the desired effects of a drug.
  • The individual must feel withdrawal symptoms when they refrain from using one or more of the drugs.
  • The individual ends up using more of a substance than originally planned and has little control over their drug use.
  • The individual has tried to stop using drugs but has failed, or wants to and cannot.
  • The individual spends much of their time obtaining and using drugs.
  • The individual has lost the desire for things that previously were important to them like responsibilities, interests, and relationships.
  • The individual continues to use drugs even after they are aware that their lives and well-being are in danger.

Reasons for Polysubstance Abuse

People may use more than one drug at a time because they want to feel more intense effects. Others may use some drugs for certain events or parties but take other drugs at different times. For example, a person may like to drink at parties but take benzos alone at night. Some use different drugs to come down from the high from another drug. Another example is a person may take cocaine all day to be high but then use a Xanax to fall asleep after a binge. There are even situations where someone is already addicted to a substance and then eventually becomes addicted to a prescribed medication given to them by their doctor on top of their previous addiction. Whatever the reason, polysubstance addiction is obviously extremely dangerous and should be treated as soon as possible before the mixing effects of chemicals damage the body and mind further.

Dual Diagnosis Rehab

Dual diagnosis rehab is the program designed for those with a mental disorder and an addiction concurrently. Since polysubstance abuse is categorized as a mental health disorder, it must be treated as such. Behavioral therapy in dual diagnosis rehab helps a polysubstance user to be able to examine the underlying causes of their addictions so that they can recognize triggers and cravings once they enter back into society. Additionally, dual diagnosis rehab gives polysubstance addict’s the techniques needed to prevent relapse in early recovery. With dedication and commitment, treatment is helpful and successful for even those who struggle with polysubstance abuse. If you or a loved one struggles with multiple substance addictions, the Wellness Retreat Recovery Center has a dual diagnosis rehab program that we would like to talk to you about. Call us today at 1-855-762-3797 to learn more about the dual diagnosis rehab that we offer.