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Medically Reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Last Updated on March 19, 2024


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Find Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Georgia

Mental health disorders cannot be treated by treating the symptoms alone. We use holistic and evidence-based methods to treat the entire individual.

North Atlanta Behavioral Health is a state-of-the-art dual diagnosis treatment center in Georgia. Our team of experienced professionals offers comprehensive mental health services designed to effectively treat individuals struggling with co-occurring alcohol and substance use disorders and mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder.

We strive to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique needs. By providing dual diagnosis services integrated into their course of treatment, we can ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

From compassionate case management and individual therapy sessions to group therapy and family support groups led by our highly trained clinicians, North Atlanta Behavioral Health offers a full spectrum of treatment options that focus on healing the whole person — both mind and body — in order to give clients the tools they need for long-term success and sustained recovery from addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health and substance abuse issue, we can help. Call us now at 770-230-5699 or verify your insurance now. 

What is a Dual Diagnosis Disorder?

A dual diagnosis disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual experiences depression or another psychological issue and an alcohol or substance use disorder simultaneously. At our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia, we specialize in helping individuals with this complex condition manage their symptoms using comprehensive approaches to treating the underlying causes of their suffering. This approach combines behavioral therapies, group support services, psychiatry, medication management, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and self-help strategies.

Signs and Symptoms of a Dual Diagnosis Disorder 

There are several signs and symptoms associated with dual diagnosis disorders, including:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
  • Irritability or anger outbursts
  • Impaired judgment
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns

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Risk Factors for Dual Diagnosis Disorders

Individuals who have suffered from trauma, personal loss, or another difficult life experience are often more likely to develop dual diagnosis disorders. Additionally, individuals genetically predisposed to mental illness and addiction can be at greater risk of developing these conditions. Other possible factors for the combined disorder include alcohol and substance use addictions, insufficient coping skills to manage stress, and inadequate support networks or resources.

How Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Georgia Work?

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, our team of compassionate professionals is committed to providing the highest standard of dual diagnosis care available. Our center takes a holistic approach in simultaneously addressing both mental health and addiction issues.

During treatment, clients work one-on-one with a clinician who will assist in developing an individualized plan specifically tailored to their needs. This plan may include a variety of therapies, including detox, residential treatment, PHP, IOP, medication management, individual and group counseling, nutrition education, meditation, and exercise programs.

We focus on helping individuals learn effective coping mechanisms and strategies to maintain long-term sobriety and recover from substance use while dealing with their mental health disorders. At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we strive to give our clients all the tools necessary for success in their journey toward recovery.

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How We Treat Dual Diagnosis Disorders in Georgia

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, our dual diagnosis treatment center in Georgia provides access to programs designed to effectively and safely treat individuals struggling with co-occurring conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or bipolar disorder, as well as addiction. Our comprehensive approach incorporates holistic and evidence-based therapeutic techniques needed for recovery in an individualized format tailored to each patient’s unique needs and circumstances. 

We understand addiction is a highly complex condition. We take pride in providing all the tools necessary for our patients to succeed on their journey of sustaining long-term sobriety while living happy and healthy lives.

The Goal of Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Georgia

The goal of dual diagnosis treatment is to simultaneously help people with substance abuse problems and mental health issues. Dual diagnosis treatments aim to address both the mental illness and the addiction, treating both at once so that recovery can be more successful. Generally, this type of treatment will include therapy, medication management and monitoring, lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and exercising habits, and 12-step programs, support groups, and individual counseling for ongoing long-term sobriety maintenance.

Why Is It Crucial to Treat Both Conditions Simultaneously?

It is crucial to treat both conditions simultaneously because treating one without the other can worsen the symptoms of either disorder, making recovery more difficult. When addiction and mental health are treated correctly, they each support the other in their respective recoveries. By addressing addiction and mental health together, any underlying issues causing the disorders can be revealed as well, helping individuals find their triggers for substance abuse or relapse while understanding how to cope without drugs or alcohol in healthy ways.

Which Came First: The Addiction or the Mental Health Disorder?

It is difficult to know which came first: the addiction or mental health disorder. It can vary from individual to individual and situation to situation. In some cases, using alcohol and drugs regularly leads to addiction and, later on, causes mental health issues. In other cases, individuals with preexisting mental illnesses may use drugs and alcohol to cope by self-medicating, unknowingly causing an addiction while trying (unsuccessfully) to ease their symptoms.

Begin Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Georgia Today

If you are struggling with addiction and mental health problems, help is available at dual diagnosis treatment centers in Georgia. At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we provide a safe, caring, compassionate, and supportive environment where you can take the steps to a new, healthy, and sober-free life. Start your treatment today by contacting us now.

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North Atlanta Behavioral Health is dedicated to the health and happiness of our clients. We offer personalized treatment plans that put each individual's needs first.

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Our multidisciplinary team wants nothing more than for our clients to achieve a lifetime of recovery and sobriety. Let us help you get the most out of treatment.