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Healing Root Causes of Addiction with Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Are you a Tampa resident and find yourself struggling with addiction and possible mental health issues? The Legacy Healing Center team is here to help. We collaborate with our clients to help them develop a plan for alcohol rehab or drug rehab that can include treatment for a dual diagnosis. Our team has extensive experience working with clients who know they have a dual diagnosis or clients who may not be aware of it.

When you trust the Legacy Healing Center team with your care, we will work with you to diagnose any possible mental health conditions so you can receive treatment for both your mental health and addiction during your time in alcohol rehab or drug rehab.

What Does Dual Diagnosis Mean?

One of the common questions that we receive from both potential clients as well as friends and loved ones revolves around what it means to have a dual diagnosis. A person is diagnosed as having a dual diagnosis when they are struggling with both addiction and mental illness.

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Common Co-Occurring Disorders That Accompany Addiction

Several mental health disorders can accompany addiction. A few examples include:

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance in the brain that can trigger different mood swings. Due to how erratic a person can act while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s not uncommon that the symptoms of bipolar disorder may not be noticeable.


Countless people around the world struggle with depression regularly. Unfortunately, both drugs and alcohol can make your depression worse as you begin to struggle with feelings of guilt or an increase in anxiety as a result of your addiction.

General anxiety disorder

Anxiety is a terrible condition to battle. Not only can anxiety make you shake or feel like you have a heaviness in your chest, but it can also make it impossible to perform specific tasks that may have been simple for you.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Many people that have post-traumatic stress disorder suffer from flashbacks or hallucinations from certain events in their life. As a result, that person may use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope or try to manage their negative memories.


Schizophrenia is classified as a mental disorder that presents characteristics of delusions and disorganized behavior. While the premise of schizophrenia may be scary to some people, when properly medicated, a person can go on to lead a very normal and healthy life.

Any one of these conditions can have a direct impact on your overall well-being. It’s possible that a person that is struggling with addiction may not realize that they are also suffering from a mental health condition. Instead, all they know is that during the time that they are under the influence of their drug or drink of choice, they feel better. However, once they are no longer under the influence, they feel worse. Subconsciously, a person with addiction attempts to self-medicate a condition instead of receiving the care they need.

The Importance of Healing Addiction’s Underlying Causes for Long Term Recovery

The leading reason why it’s imperative to treat both an addiction and a mental health disorder is mainly that they directly impact each other. For example, suppose you were a first responder and you currently struggle with addiction. In that case, there is a possibility that you could also be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of memories you have during the time you spent in your career.

Part of the recovery process from post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction will revolve around identifying the trauma (or traumas) in your life that may have triggered your addiction. Our team will work with you personally to help you overcome the negative emotions and reactions you have to these events. This is primarily done through participation in different forms of therapy. From there, we will help you to put together an addiction treatment program that may include drug detox or alcohol detox, depending on the severity of your addiction, as well as a relapse prevention plan.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Legacy Healing Center

Legacy Healing Center has worked hard to develop drug rehab and alcohol rehab programs that also incorporate dual diagnosis treatment for residents of Tampa. As addiction experts, we recognize the importance of providing our clients with access to receive this type of treatment to have the best possible chance to overcome their addiction once and for all.

Whether you need to begin your journey with drug detox or an alcohol detox program, you can rest assured that you will receive the care and support that you need when you come to Legacy. Call us today at 888.534.2295 to learn more about how we can assist your recovery.