Over half of adolescents who receive treatment for a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, also turn to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication to improve the troubling mental health symptoms they experience.
While their initial use may be voluntary, drugs have been shown to alter brain chemistry, which can lead to compulsive craving, seeking and then becomes a substance use disorder. Treating one disorder at a time can cause the other worsen – for example, if you take away alcohol without learning the skills to manage depression it can lead to an increase in depressive symptoms.
Our multidisciplinary team works together to help adolescents in the dual diagnosis programs:
- Identify triggers that cause them to have urges to use substances or result in negative impacts on mood;
- Gain insight into how one factor plays a role into the other issue; and
- Learn with peers in a group setting the skills to help them to cope with both disorders simultaneously.
Days and Times:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- PHP and IOP Parent Night – Tuesday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Family involvement is an essential component to treatment; families participate in weekly program throughout the course of treatment. These programs help the adolescent and family navigate the difficult struggles of mental health and substance use.
In addition to therapy, patients also meet with a board-certified psychiatrist who monitors and adjusts medications as needed. Nursing staff may administer medication, provide health checks, and communicate with families regarding medications and other health concerns.
Throughout treatment, we collaborate with the adolescent and family to build a solid continuing care plan which includes the goal of scheduling outpatient appointments within one week of the patient’s discharge date to ensure support during this transition.