Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health Treatment’s Newest Technology

Technology makes us better at what we do. It reduces health risks and the chance of relapse. Here at LifeSync, Dr. Booth is constantly reviewing all the newest Biotech Innovations in the dependency treatment sector.

Anything that can help us do what we do better is something we want to learn about, study, and check to see if it is appropriate and well researched, tested, and approved. Our founder Dr. Booth is relentless in this pursuit, it’s the pursuit of excellence that drives our team to be the best but never rest on our laurels. Let’s spend a few moments and talk about how DNA genetic testing is helping our dual diagnosis guests here at LifeSync.

How Common is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis is when someone has a dependency and a mental health disorder at the same time. Sometimes the mental health disorder came first before the dependency, sometimes it came afterward due to substance abuse. Either way, it is very common. In fact, in the cases we treat, it’s more common than not. That is to say, a mental disorder, perhaps even a mild one, is exacerbating the problem with addiction and dependency. Research and our experience show that you cannot treat one without addressing or treating the other (cite: 1).

Many psychologists in the substance abuse realm will tell you that they almost never see a case where there isn’t a dual diagnosis dimension going on.

Why Does Genetic Testing in Dual Diagnosis Matter?

Certain gene sets make one susceptible to certain mental disorders. Your specific DNA might mean certain medication won’t work on you or could exacerbate a mental health issue you are trying to correct. Since mental health disorders cause additional stress during dependency treatment, especially in the midst of dealing with severe withdrawal symptoms, knowing your DNA helps in prescribing the correct medicine that will work best for you (cite: 2).

Everyone’s DNA is different and everyone’s exact circumstances leading to dependency are unique. This is why every addiction treatment program at LifeSync is different. Each treatment plan is customized for a specific individual. What we’ve found is that we can achieve better results and lower instances of relapse or recidivism than our counterparts in the industry.

This newly emerging field of Genetic Testing for custom tailoring addiction treatment programs is showing great promise, and the results are remarkable. Previously, when a dependent individual was given a medication to help with withdrawal symptoms there was a chance, they might become addicted to the medication as well. Now we know that only people with certain DNA are at risk of this with certain medications. Being able to screen for this helps prevent such an unfortunate predicament.

Genetic Testing Technology in Dual Diagnosis Dependency Treatment is the Future

DNA genetic testing for medications is taking the guesswork out of the equation, leading to better results and fewer unintended consequences. The rehab facilities that use genetic testing do much better than those that don’t. At LifeSync Malibu we understand how this works and we have a medical doctor on the premises to make sure it’s done right. A doctor who has been in the industry for decades.

When it comes to customized treatment programs knowledge is powerful. At LifeSync Malibu we intend to use this powerful information to help you take your life back. Our team is dedicated to that mission. Let’s talk.


  1. The Epidemiology of Dual Diagnosis - Impact of Substance Abuse on the Diagnosis, Course, and Treatment of Mood Disorders,” by Ronald C. Kessler.
  2. Genetic testing as a supporting tool in prescribing psychiatric medication: Design and protocol of the IMPACT study,” by Deanna Herbert, Maria Neves, et. al., published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research Volume 96, January 2018, Pages 265-272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.09.002.

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