Individuals can suffer from a combination of mental health problems. Dual diagnosis is the term to describe those suffering from a mental health condition such as bipolar, depression or schizophrenia as well as having a substance misuse problem.
This link can exist for a number of reasons. Drugs and or alcohol can sometimes be used by individuals to self-medicate for the symptoms of a mental health illness and can turn into a substance misuse problem. Drugs and alcohol can also lead to, worsen or trigger new or existing mental health conditions and episodes.
Our treatment approach for dual diagnosis
Our approach to treating dual diagnosis at Nightingale Hospital London combines individualised programmes that are based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.
We treat these connected problems in parallel using a combination of therapies dependent on your individual needs such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) or Psychotherapy and Counselling.
We consider biological, psychological and social factors in our dual diagnosis treatment programmes. If detoxification from a chemical or substance is required we have experts in this field to carry out specialist detoxification as the first stage of treatment.
Through therapy and alternative approaches such as meditation, mindfulness, art therapy, sleep therapy, nutrition and physical therapies we aim to give you knowledge and coping skills for the future.
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