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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers in Nashville, Tennessee

Overcome dual diagnosis disorder at our premier substance use treatment facilities in Tennessee.

Oftentimes, those who suffer from substance use disorder can start utilizing substances as a way to cope with a mental health disorder. In addiction, those with mental health disorders can often misuse substances as a way to cope with their symptoms. 

When this happens, someone may be suffering from a co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorder. At Nashville Treatment Solutions, we believe that dual diagnosis treatment should be the standard, not the exception. Our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Nashville, Tennessee can help treat both conditions simultaneously so clients can heal and create better lives for themselves. 

If you or a loved one are suffering, our addiction treatment programs in Nashville can help. Call us today at 615-234-9071 or verify your insurance now.

What Is A Dual Diagnosis Disorder?

A dual diagnosis disorder is the presence of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.

When it comes to dual diagnosis, it can be difficult to determine which disorder came first: mental illness or substance abuse. While a large portion of individuals suffers from mental illnesses first, there are nearly as many who begin abusing substances and then experience mental illness. Some examples of common co-occurring disorders include:

Depression & Alcohol Use Disorder – 
Anxiety & Drug Addiction
PTSD & Benzodiazepine Addiction
Bipolar Disorder & Opioid Addiction
– Schizophrenia & Methamphetamine Addiction

You are not alone. You deserve to get help.

Nashville Treatment Solutions is an industry leader in addiction treatment. Our team of top medical experts specialize in dual diagnosis treatment and are committed to ensuring that each patient is treated as an individual. Call us today, we’re available 24/7.

How Do I Know I Need Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Substance misuse: This is the most obvious sign. If you’re using drugs or alcohol to cope with life and can’t quit despite negative consequences, you may need dual diagnosis treatment.

Mental health issues: If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia and are also struggling with substance misuse, dual diagnosis treatment may be beneficial.

Poor response to treatment: If you’ve been treated for either a substance use disorder or a mental health disorder, but your condition isn’t improving or is getting worse, it could be because you’re struggling with an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder.

Interference with daily life: If your mental health and/or substance use is interfering with your ability to function in your daily life, such as impacting your work, school, relationships, or health, dual diagnosis treatment may be necessary.

Someone who has a dual diagnosis disorder will experience several symptoms. Because not everyone has the same mental illness or addiction, the symptoms may vary. However, there are many common ones, including the following:

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Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

Our dual diagnosis treatment centers provide the type of focused care that supports individuals who want to overcome addiction and improve their mental health simultaneously. Treatment is provided by our team of licensed medical professionals. This includes physicians, nurses, and mental health counselors trained to treat a variety of mental illnesses and addictions. A combination of therapy modalities and medications brings about results that help people understand their symptoms, root cause issues, and learn to develop new skills to recover.

Generally, here’s what you can expect at each state of treatment:


The treatment begins with a thorough assessment to identify the most pressing issues, whether they are mental health concerns or substance abuse problems. If detoxification is necessary, clients are referred to a partner detox program in Nashville. This step is crucial helping the client return to optimal physical health and preparing them for further treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP)

After detox, clients may transition to Partial Hospitalization Programming, which is a structured, yet less intensive alternative to inpatient care or detox. PHP involves spending a significant portion of the day, several days a week in a group therapy and individual therapy setting. PHP focuses on maladaptive coping skills, while allowing patients to live at home or in a sober living environment. This stage is designed to address both mental health and substance abuse issues through various therapeutic modalities.

Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programming or IOP is a step down from PHP and offers a balance between intensive care and independent living. Clients participate in therapy sessions for a few hours a day, several days a week, while continuing to live at home or in a supportive sober living environment. We also offer Evening IOP programs for those who need to continue to work or go to school while being in treatment. 

Outpatient Rehab

As the least intensive level of care, outpatient rehab involves regular therapy sessions once per week. This stage is focused on maintaining sobriety and mental health stability, providing ongoing support, and helping patients fully integrate into their community with the skills they’ve learned. Admission into our outpatient rehab program is dependent on a case-by-case basis.

How Are Dual Diagnosis Disorders Treated in Tennessee?

We believe that dual diagnosis disorders should be treated through a combination of evidence-based therapies designed to address both mental health issues and substance abuse simultaneously. 

These therapies have been supported by research and statistical evidence showing their effectiveness in treating dual diagnosis conditions. 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT focuses on teaching skills in distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. It’s particularly effective for clients with borderline personality disorder and substance abuse issues. Studies show that DBT can reduce substance abuse and improve mental health symptoms.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps patients identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT is widely used for a range of mental health disorders and substance abuse. Research indicates that CBT can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and is effective in treating addiction.

  • Family Therapy: Oftentimes, the person using substance isn’t the only one that addiction effects. Family therapy helps improve communication, resolve conflicts, and foster understanding between family members. 

  • EMDR Therapy: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used primarily for PTSD but is also effective in treating anxiety, depression, and addiction. 

  • Group Therapy: Group therapy helps develop communication skills, and allows patients to learn from others’ experiences. Group therapy has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of individual therapy in dual diagnosis treatment.

  • Psychiatry: Psychiatry medication management and psychiatric evaluations to address the biochemical aspects of mental illness and addiction. Medications can be critical in stabilizing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and managing withdrawal symptoms.

  • Relapse Prevention: Relapse prevention is a key component of all treatment programs, focusing on identifying triggers, developing coping strategies, and building a support network.

Begin Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Nashville, Tennessee Today

When someone deals with both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, it can prove overwhelming. The good news is effective help for both conditions is available at Nashville Treatment Solutions. Our dual diagnosis treatment centers in Tennessee offer several levels of outpatient care and detox that help people achieve better physical and mental health. We teach people to become sober while also addressing ways to improve their moods. 

For more information about getting treatment for dual diagnosis, contact us now. We can help you make the healthy change in your life that you deserve.

More On Dual Diagnosis Disorders

Understanding the risk factors for dual diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. Dual Diagnosis disorders can be genetic or developed overtime. Here are some key risk factors:

  • Genetic Predisposition: Both substance use disorders and many mental health disorders can have a genetic component, making individuals with a family history of these conditions more susceptible.

  • Brain Chemistry: Neurochemical factors can make a person more vulnerable to both mental health issues and substance abuse. For example, imbalances in neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin can influence both mood disorders and addiction.

  • Environmental Influences: Exposure to a stressful or chaotic environment, particularly during childhood, such as experiencing trauma, abuse, or neglect, can increase the risk of developing these disorders.

  • Social Factors: Poor social support systems, peer pressure, and social isolation can contribute to the development of mental health issues and substance use disorders.

  • Psychological Factors: Individuals with certain personality traits or psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, are at increased risk. Substance use can initially be a method to self-medicate, leading to a cycle where both disorders exacerbate each other.

  • Developmental Factors: Early use of substances can interfere with neurological development and increase the risk of mental health disorders later in life.

  • Stress: High levels of stress, whether from personal, professional, or financial situations, can lead to substance use as a coping mechanism, which can also worsen existing mental health conditions.

  • Lack of Early Intervention: Delayed treatment or lack of early intervention for either mental health or substance use issues can lead to more complex and co-occurring disorders.

Across the United States, 7.7 million people suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Over half of these individuals did not receive treatment for either condition. 

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