Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis? Dual diagnosis refers to any combination of addiction with at least one mental health disorder. For example, a person who is addicted to alcohol may struggle with trauma or depression, or a person with an eating disorder may also have a problem with ADHD, severe anxiety or other co-occurring disorders.

Dual diagnosis isn’t rare. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that approximately one-third of addicted individuals also have some type of mental illness, and other estimates are much higher. However, only a small percentage of those people ever get the help they need.

What Causes Dual Diagnosis Problems to Occur?

It’s difficult to know if the addiction is causing the mental health disorder, or if the disorder came first and lead to addiction. The latter is often the case, as it’s common for people to turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate difficult thoughts or emotions.

It can be a major challenge to figure it all out, but it’s clear that dual diagnosis is complicated and difficult to uncover. Complicating matters even further, one problem can greatly intensify the other.

Not all Treatment Centers Offer Dual Diagnosis

Many treatment providers are equipped to offer help for addiction and others do a good job at treating mental health issues. However, treatment centers that offer an integrated approach to both disorders aren’t easy to find and their claims can often be misleading.

The following tips may help you determine if a drug and alcohol treatment center or rehab truly offers treatment for co-occurring disorders:

  • A good dual diagnosis provider will have at least one psychiatrist on staff.
  • Treatment methods for addiction and mental health disorders should be evidence-based with a proven history of clinical success. A qualified dual-diagnosis provider will offer treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
  • One-on-one sessions with a skilled clinician are critical. Don’t trust a treatment center that places excessive importance on group therapy, which tends to be less expensive than individual treatment.
  • Don’t rely solely on a treatment center’s website, no matter how comprehensive and glitzy it may appear. Visit the facility and ask if they have a staff of clinicians who are educated, experienced, and who truly understand how to diagnose and treat dual diagnosis clients.
  • Be sure the treatment center implements medication-based treatment, as people with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions may need medication to manage symptoms while addressing addiction and other problems.
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment providers must be equipped to offer medical detox. Detox must take place first because it’s impossible to treat a mental health disorder when a person is under the influence.
  • Does the provider offer treatment beyond the standard 28-day rehab? Dual diagnosis is difficult and rarely resolved in a short timeframe.

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