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What is a Dual Diagnosis?

Individuals who struggle with a substance abuse disorder, as well as a mental health disorder at the same time, are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. This kind of disorder is also known as dual diagnosis. There are many factors that are considered before a patient is diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. At our counseling center in Naples, we specialize in treatment programs that can effectively treat these kinds of disorders for all types of individuals.

A dual diagnosis can directly impact your everyday life; however, there are ways you can manage this disease to live happily again. It’s important to know the signs dual diagnosis.

Signs & Symptoms of a Co-Occurring Disorder

Signs and symptoms will always vary with mental health disorders, as each individual is unique. When combined with an addiction, these types of disorders will produce different effects. However, those who have been diagnosed with this type of disorder tend to have trouble managing their symptoms. These effects can be life-threatening without the proper care.

If you happen to be suffering from an addiction and notice that you are having trouble maintaining relationships, having difficulties fulfilling responsibilities at work or school, and turning to drugs and/or alcohol you may be suffering from a co-occurring disorder. When combined with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems can produce debilitating effects. Experiencing extreme mood swings or suffering from constant panic attacks are signs of a co-occurring disorder if you are aware that you are also addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Other warning signs to look out for in a dual diagnosis are impulsive behavior, suicidal thoughts, and the inability to stop abusing drugs or alcohol in high-risk situations. This type of disorder can cause you to make poor decisions, as well as bring you on an emotional downward spiral.

The licensed professionals at Counseling of Southwest Florida can help you manage the symptoms of dual diagnosis. If you believe that you are suffering from a co-occurring disorder, contact our counseling center in Naples today.

The Benefits of Individual Counseling

It is unfortunate how many people associated individual counseling with an illness. While it is often used to address mental illness or substance addiction, individual counseling offers many benefits to help people in all walks of life to cope with things like stress, family, emotions, and more.

Counseling of Southwest Florida offers highly specialized counseling services in Naples, Florida that cover a wide array of issues many people face. Our experienced team work 1 on 1 with men and women of all ages to help foster development and growth in many ways.

Our counselors have seen great success with individual counseling efforts. There are many benefits to our program, and our clients can learn the following:

  • Take Responsibility

Confronting your issues with honesty allows you the clarity to understand their complexities, which will ultimately allow you to take responsibility for your life and your actions. Whether you’re struggling with a gambling addiction, substance abuse, eating disorder, or relationship issues, our counselors provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to explore such issues and learn how to handle them.

  • Develop a fresh perspective

Individual therapy gives you the chance to explore conscious or subconscious habits, emotions, and behaviors that could be causing you harm, such as depression, anxiety, self-criticism, substance abuse, negative relationships, and more. Together your counselor can help you establish a fresh perspective to understand those behaviors that are not positively serving you.

  • Improve coping mechanisms

Working one on one with a counselor can help you learn positive coping mechanisms to deal with stresses of daily life. Improving coping mechanisms can lead to changes in all aspects of life including work, family, relationships, and health.

Therapy is not just for those with mental illness. Therapy is beneficial for everyone. Counseling of Southwest Florida offers individual therapy in Naples, centered around family, parenting, trauma focused, grief and loss, anger management and more. Call today to learn more.

CVS Pharmacy Joins the Battle Against Painkiller Abuse

CVS Pharmacy is doing their part to help curb the nation’s opioid crisis. Starting in the new year, CVS is set to become the first pharmacy chain to restrict the amount of prescription painkillers it is willing to honor at a time, limiting patients to just a week’s supply. The change will go into effect as soon as February 1, 2018, reducing their customer supply from 18 days to just 7 days at a time. This change will take place at 9,700 locations across the United States.

In addition to the limited number of painkillers provided, pharmacists will also talk with customers about the risk of addiction as well as how to properly store and dispose of the medicine. Although the CDC believes most people who abuse prescription drugs receive them from a friend or family member, the aim of CVS’s new initiative is make the sharing of painkillers more difficult and easier to track.

By limiting the number of prescription pills that leave their stores, the nation-wide pharmacy is hoping to decrease the number of pills in circulation across the country. This isn’t the first time CVS has made changes in the interest of public health; in 2014 all chains stopped selling cigarettes as well. These changes are another effort among pharmacies, police, and politicians to fight back against the growing opioid crisis severely affecting many parts of the country, including south Florida.

With thousands of men and women falling victim to drug overdose across Florida, it’s important to find proper help before its too late. Counseling of Southwest Florida offers substance abuse treatment as well as mental health counseling for men and women in Naples, Florida.  Call us today to find help for yourself of a loved one.