For years, many scientists, doctors, and everyday people have regarded addiction as a disease. Many researchers identify addiction as a disease of the brain, one identified by chronic relapses resulting from the prolonged effects of drugs and chemicals on the brain . At Excel Behavioral Health, our Florida treatment center, we agree that addiction can be viewed as a disease. Much like other diseases, effective treatment requires a multifaceted treatment plan that combines psychological support, therapy, and medical treatments when necessary.
Addiction does not typically exist on its own. It can intertwine with other diseases and mental health disorders, resulting in comorbid disorders. A comorbid disorder occurs when one issue, such as addiction, exists with another, such as anxiety. These two issues work together in a dangerous cycle that keeps a person trapped in addiction and the comorbid disorder. While comorbid disorders usually involve mental health, there are chronic diseases that can exist in a dual diagnosis setting with addiction. Our Florida treatment center specializes in treating dual diagnosis disorders that involve addiction and chronic diseases.
Chronic Disease Management as a Means of Treating Dual Diagnosis
At Excel Behavioral Health, we provide an integrated approach to chronic disease management and treating this dual diagnosis. First, we address the difficulties of chronic diseases. Often, chronic diseases can lead to depression , which can exist with addiction and other issues. Successfully addressing all of the related disorders involves treating the depression, treating the addiction, and managing the chronic disease.
We take a personalized approach to chronic disease management, giving each patient the individualized attention that they need for successful disease management. This approach includes regular checkups, screenings, treatment, and therapy to improve the patient’s quality of life. Coupled with a dual diagnosis approach, we can address all challenges of the chronic disease and its related mental health and substance abuse disorders. We offer chronic disease management services for diseases such as:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Eating Disorders
- Mental Health Disorders
- Liver Failure
- Cardiac Failure
- Chron’s Disease
Many of these chronic diseases can be linked to addiction or alcoholism. For example, alcoholism can lead to liver failure and diabetes. Using needles to inject drugs, such as heroin, can lead to collapsed veins that may result in heart disease or related issues.
Chronic Disease Management & Addiction Treatment
Even if there is no direct correlation between addiction and a chronic disease, our professionals at Excel Behavioral Health are here to help patients live their most comfortable life possible. With our dual diagnosis treatment, we can address addiction and chronic diseases through a personalized approach. Our Florida treatment center addiction professionals will treat the addiction while safely managing the chronic disease through medical and therapeutic care.