Teen Dual Diagnosis Treatment
What is Teen Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual Diagnosis is the presence of both a mental health disorder and an alcohol or drug addiction. This diagnosis is extremely common among teenagers with a mental health disorder. In fact, it is more of a “rule” than the exception. While there is comfort in numbers, and knowing that your child is not alone, that comfort is not enough to make it through this diagnosis. As a parent, you’ve likely experienced: fear for your child’s safety, a disconnection between you and your teen and frustration at the situation. From your child’s perspective, they are likely facing isolation, a high probability of danger and an overall unhappiness. Luckily, with proper treatment, those feelings that you and your teen are facing can disappear.
Who Does Dual Diagnosis Affect?
Does your teen or a teen you know suffer from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder? Often times, teens with mental health disorders are more likely to develop a drug or alcohol addiction. If your child has been diagnosed with both mental health and substance abuse disorders, they have a “dual diagnosis”. Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders are very common. Studies show that more than half of teens battling substance abuse also have a mental health disorder and vice versa. According to the, Journal of the American Medical Association, 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percents of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. Due to its complex nature, it is not easy to diagnose co-occurring disorders. Treating both disorders at the same time helps your child cope with their mental health issues as well as overcome addiction.
How to know if your teen has a Co-Occurring Disorder (dual diagnosis)
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Your teen feels like he/she needs a drug to be able to function
- Irrational and reckless behavior
- Using drugs in dangerous conditions
The most common mental disorder related to substance abuse is bipolar disorder. Undiagnosed mental health issues can also lead someone to self-medicate. Tackling dual diagnosis is vital to helping your teen avoid serious addiction and mental health issues in the adulthood.
Four Core Beliefs
Our Four Core Beliefs serve as the foundation for our Dual Diagnosis program. They allow us to find success with patients time and time again. 1) Chemical dependency is a primary illness It is a common misconception that this is not the case. Ignoring this fact can be detrimental to the healing process of your loved one. 2) The family plays an integral part in the illness and its treatment We know that you brought your child to us because you want to see them succeed in life. They cannot do that without you and we are here to help you help them, too. 3) Treatment must be individualized Mental health disorders and drug addictions affect everyone differently. Patients must be treated as such in order for treatment to be successful. 4) There are often concurrent psychiatric problems that must be addressed for optimal treatment success. A patient cannot live a healthy, drug-free life without addressing the psychiatric problems that drove them to the lifestyle in the first place. We recognize this fact and have experts readily available to help your teen overcome.
Inspirations Treatment Program
Fully treating a Dual Diagnosis takes time, effort and many steps. We have found success using our Youth Dual Diagnosis Program Activities:
- Educational Academy
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy and Workshops
- 12-Step Program
- Group Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Life Skills Program
- Psycho-Educational Groups
- Multifamily Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Physical Exam
- Social Activities
- Psychiatric and Psychological Assessments
- Experiential Therapy
- Expressive Therapy
- Cognitive Therapy
- Religious Accommodation
- Comprehensive Discharge Planning
- Aftercare Monitoring and Drug Testing
None of our achievements would be possible without experienced staff to lead our programs and interact with our patients. Within our staff, you will find:
- Licensed Psychiatrists
- Masters-Level Counselors
- Recreational Therapists
- Art Therapists
- Educational Consultants
Why Choose Inspirations to Treat It?
Long-Lasting, Sustainable Healing for Teenagers
Inspirations is a nationally recognized leader among behavioral healthcare providers. Countless teens have been treated to overcome the underlying problems that lead to their substance abuse and behavioral problems with us. Our promise is to provide your teenager with the tools, tactics and skills necessary to sustain recovery even after treatment. So often, teenagers enter a rehabilitation facility and are treated effectively. With our program, not only will your teen’s be understood and treated effectively, but will also develop the necessary coping skills for a life-long recovery. For more information on how this will help your teen, get started here: