Stimulant Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

Stimulant Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

Dual diagnosis treatment programs address substance dependence along with co-occurring diagnoses, such as bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and many other psychiatric illnesses. Since most alcoholics and addicts suffer from another illness along with their addiction, these facilities are often necessary for effective treatment. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 7.9 million Americans suffer from co-occurring addiction and mental illness.

What Do Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs Do?

In addition to offering therapy and access to support groups such as SMART Recovery and 12 step programs, dual diagnosis facilities treat the co-occurring and underlying disorders that contribute to addiction. This is done through a comprehensive approach, which often includes:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medication adjustment and monitoring
  • Psychiatric care
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Holistic care
  • Yoga, meditation, massage
  • Family therapy
  • Biofeedback

Stimulant Abuse and Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis treatment programs address the psychiatric symptoms of patients who suffer from mental illness along with substance abuse, which makes it effective in treating patients with an amphetamine addiction. This is because amphetamine use often mimics the symptoms of mental illness, and in some cases, it can even create mood disorders in the user. Amphetamine causes users to experience euphoria and extreme energy levels, often causing addicts to stay awake for days. Over time, the drug and the unhealthy patterns that users develop can result in drug-induced psychosis, a mental state that mimics the symptoms of schizophrenia. Along with physical consequences such as weight loss, nausea, cardiovascular damage, and convulsions, amphetamine use can also lead to:

  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Manic episodes
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Cognitive functioning impairment and memory loss
  • Changes in brain structure
  • Intense mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

How Amphetamine Users Can Benefit From Psychiatric Care

Many of the consequences of amphetamine use are psychiatric in nature, amphetamine addicts can benefit from the services offered by dual diagnosis treatment centers. Someone who suffers from stimulant-induced psychosis requires a psychiatric evaluation to identify whether or not their symptoms stem from drug use or from an underlying condition, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In order to determine which therapies and medications are appropriate for an addict in mental health crisis, ideally, an expert in treating mental illness and addiction should evaluate and treat the patient. In a dual diagnosis facility that specializes in treating substance abuse and other disorders, an amphetamine addict will have access to the most effective forms of treatment. A program that focuses only on drug addiction may fail to recognize and address mental illness in an addict, and mental health care without addiction treatment does not provide a foundation for recovery so that the patient can establish long-term recovery.

How to Identify Amphetamine Addiction

If you are concerned that a loved one is suffering from addiction to amphetamine or other stimulants, there are several indicators that can help you to determine whether or not they are in active addiction. Signs of amphetamine abuse include:       

  • Erratic behavior and mania
  • Disinterest in sleep
  • Drastic decrease in appetite or weight loss
  • Paraphernalia, such as syringes or prescription bottles that don’t belong to your loved one
  • Inability to hold a job
  • Uncharacteristic mood swings or violent behavior
  • Stealing or selling important possessions
  • Periods of extreme energy followed by a “crash”

How We Can Help

At Wellness Retreat Recovery, we offer a dual diagnosis program that effectively treats addiction and underlying disorders. Our program features cutting-edge therapeutic techniques, a small, intimate residential program that emphasizes individualized treatment, family counseling and aftercare support, and holistic approaches to treatment. Amphetamine abuse can disrupt the life of the addict and their family, but effective treatment is available. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, contact us at 1-855-762-3797.