Dual Diagnosis Services

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Program Philosophy

Substance misuse and dependence has become a significant issue in our society today, and it affects individuals from all walks of life. Substance use disorders often affect individuals with a mental health disorder, making recovery a more complex process.  When two disorders or illnesses occur simultaneously in the same person, they are called comorbid or co-occurring disorders. Research shows that drug abuse and other mental illnesses are often comorbid. As many as 6 in 10 people who have a drug use disorder also suffer from mental illnesses. Our mission is to treat adults with co-occurring substance use and mental illness.

Our services are designed to help alleviate the symptoms of co-occurring substance use and mental illness through a comprehensive treatment approach that identifies, evaluates, and simultaneously treats both disorders. Patients with co-occurring/comorbid disorders often exhibit more severe symptoms than those caused by either disorder alone, underscoring the need for integrated treatment.

We are committed to deliver recovery-based treatment in a therapeutic client-centered environment, which respects each individual’s rights, dignity and needs. We work collaboratively with the patient in the recovery process. Our program offers an intensive service to persons who are medically stable and who are highly unlikely to suffer any significant negative effects during a detoxification process but who do require a level of medication and monitoring to successfully detoxify. One of the most commonly asked question at the time of admission is “How long am I going to be here?” The Length of stay is determined by the nature and complexity of the comorbid condition being treated, the patient’s response to treatment, and physician recommendations. Each patient is provided with a Multidisciplinary Treatment Team to ensure comprehensive care delivered in a holistic and patient focused way.

Program Description

Our services are designed to help alleviate the physiological effects of detoxification from the abused substances (opiates and alcohol) and provide guidance, education, and support during the most intense part of this process. In addition to the medical care and treatment provided, a variety of education and therapeutic services are also provided to increase coping skills and awareness about the addiction disease process and the interaction between the substance use disorder and mental illness. The routine and structure of the hospital are part of the treatment program as are the group and individual sessions. Below are descriptions of each of the therapeutic components and the ways they can help the healing and recovery process.

Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy - The group process is focused on thought processes and interpretations (perceptions) of events that contribute to behaviors and emotions associated with addiction. Reflective discussions enable the patient to gain insight and a sense of control over defeating thoughts and behaviors.

Educational Groups – Specialized therapists provide education about the disease process of addiction and substance misuse.

Individual Therapy – Addiction and mental illness can affect individuals’ social functioning and relationships. Individual therapy is designed to facilitate healing and a sense of understanding through effective communication and emotional expression. In addition, it may also be beneficial during one of these types of sessions to identify a plan for maintaining or creating an environment that supports health and sobriety after discharge.

Reflection - Daily reflections and handouts are provided to set intentions for the day. The reflection is meant to provide encouragement and motivation for change.

Meditation - The meditation focuses on relaxation techniques using music and visualization. These are very important skills to learn as they can greatly reduce stress and anxiety and assists in re-creating a sense of wellness.

Journaling - Each patient receives the Patient Handbook and Journal upon admission to the program. The Handbook includes program information, therapeutic materials to be reviewed individually or within a group context, and journaling pages. The therapeutic materials and journaling not only encourage self-reflection and self-expression, but can also serve as a record of your progress and success.

Care Coordination – Case managers are available to assist with discharge planning to ensure continuity of care in the community. It is highly recommended that each patient take full advantage of the most intensive services available following their inpatient stay. This allows for the best chance for long-term, sustained sobriety. Many patients choose to enter a residential treatment program or intensive outpatient program following the completion of their detoxification process. Community resources and information are also provided, as needed, to meet individual needs.