Addiction treatment is difficult enough on its own, but when someone is also suffering from emotional and mental disorders, it certainly doesn’t help. It’s important to look for drug rehab centers in Florida who treat dual diagnosis as well.

There are literally hundreds of private rehab facilities in the Florida area that cater to the needs of drug and alcohol dependent people, and considering the growing numbers of people in need of addiction treatment, it’s no wonder that new drug rehab centers in Florida continue to open their doors.

However, there is also a growing population of people who are not only addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, but who also suffer from co-occurring mental and emotional disorders as well. Dual diagnosis patients now make up a larger percentage of clients in private rehab facilities than ever before. If you are dependent on drugs or alcohol and also suffer from co-occurring mental or emotional disorders, it’s of vital importance to find a private rehab that specializes in dual diagnosis.

When researching drug rehab centers in Florida, make sure to ask the right questions. Does the private rehab employ certified addiction treatment counselors who specialize in dual diagnosis? Is there a qualified psychiatrist on staff who can properly diagnose my mental disorder and prescribe the right medication if necessary? Does the private rehab offer extensive counseling to get to the root of my addiction?

It’s extremely important to find a rehab facility that employs a staff who understands all of the complexities that occur with both addiction and mental/emotional disorders. Oftentimes addiction is caused by the disorder itself, and other times the addiction is exacerbated by the co-occurring disorder. A qualified counselor will work with their patient to get to exact nature of the disorder and be able to properly deal with both the mental issues and the addiction.

Drug Rehab Centers in Florida have been in place for many years, however, is each private rehab keeping up to date with new treatment modalities for dual diagnosis clients? Make sure when you are researching the facility that you’re asking whether or not their staff is involved in continuing education for new methods of treatment as well.

Addiction treatment has seen a number of promising new methods of treatment in recent years, and along with that, many new treatment modalities have been introduced for dual diagnosis clients as well. Make sure that the private rehab you are considering has done all they can to keep up to date with newer forms of dual diagnosis treatment. The choice you make can be the difference between another failed try at rehab or a long fulfilling life in sobriety.

Dual diagnosis clients now make up a large percentage of clients in rehab. 12 Palms Recovery Center has a qualified staff of counselors and therapists who specialize in dual diagnosis. For more information, please call 1(866) 331-6779, or visit us at

Author's Bio: 

Doug Mead is a freelance writer who is also a recovering alcoholic with over 20 years of sobriety. Doug strongly believes in working with fellow recovering alcoholics and addicts who are new to recovery, and as a writer believes in delivering content that is both insightful and thought-provoking.