Addressing the Core of Addiction with Dual Diagnosis
SpringBoard Recovery understands that often times, a person who has a drug or alcohol addiction also has a mental health issue that they may be dealing with as well. There are many people who are addicts who also have depression, anxiety, or another type of psychological disorder. One of the reasons that people turn to drugs and alcohol is as a way to deal with these other underlying medical conditions.
For Depression or Anxiety, There’s Hope.
It can be quite difficult for a family to try and find meaningful treatment for their loved ones who are suffering from addiction as well as a mental disorder. Often, a family will only find treatment in the form of a short hospital stay. While a short stay in the hospital will treat the issue right then, often the addict will return to their drug of choice not long after they have left the hospital.
At SpringBoard Recovery we believe that a short stay in a hospital is insufficient for treatment to be successful. This is shown in statistics of people who come out of their short term stay at the hospital and return to abusing drugs time and time again.
In order for treatment to be effective a person needs an environment that is personal. The clinical staff at SpringBoard Recovery strives to provide personal and individualized care for all of their patients.
Assessing the Individual
When admitted at SpringBoard Recovery an admission specialist will interview the individual and get to know them. The admission specialist will discuss their medical history and their illness with them. This initial assessment will help us determine if the SpringBoard Recovery programs are right for that person. During the admission and assessment process, mental health issues will be identified and incorporated into their treatment plan.
A Custom Mental Health Treatment Program
SpringBoard Recovery Center focuses on treating chemical dependencies as well as other addictive and mental health disorders. We focus on the specific needs of each individual to develop a custom program that is specifically tailored to that person.
We understand that each person who walks through our doors is unique and because of this, creating a plan for them may be different than the plan created for someone else. It is important to recognize the individual needs of each of our patients in order to provide them with the best possible service and to give them the best chance at a full recovery.
There are some mental illnesses that have no “cure” but, there is hope for dealing with the mental illness if the proper treatment is provided. The most important thing to note is that there is never a quick fix for a mental illness, but there are treatment plans that will work.
Research has shown that if a person has the right course of treatment for their mental illness they can address the symptoms of their disorder in a way that is healthy and not destructive such as using illegal drugs or alcohol to cope. Similar to chemical addiction treatment, treatment for mental illness involves treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit.
Client’s addressing the complex needs of co-occurring disorders will have their needs addressed in their treatment plan. In addition to the primary addiction, those who struggle with additional mental health needs will experience the following:
Support Groups: We have found that peer support groups help individuals learn from others who suffer from the same illness and also hear firsthand how others cope with their illness. These groups are very important as it creates an atmosphere that is safe to discuss their mental illness and also provides them with connections to others.
Carefully Prescribed Medicines: Per the client’s psychiatrists and/or the SpringBoard Medical Director, medications may be recommended to stabilize symptoms. The medications that are provided will be relevant to the mental illness that they suffer from.
Individual, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Beyond group sessions, we find it important for the client to participate in individual therapy, providing the opportunity to explore emotional needs and to learn new skills for living with the illness.
During treatment at SpringBoard Recovery a person will also be provided with education about their diagnosis and the symptoms of it. Social skills training is also an important aspect of the treatment plan. Perhaps one of the most important parts of treatment will be the relapse prevention training that is provided. This will provide the patient with the tools that they need in order to avoid temptations when they re-enter the real world. Patients will also learn the coping skills that they need in order to manage their mood and anxiety.
Our mental health is very important and at times a person who is suffering from a mental health disorder will need help with dealing with the symptoms that it may cause.
If you are suffering from a mental illness and/or a drug or alcohol addiction, we can help. Our staff at SpringBoard Recovery will provide you with the care and the treatment that you need to cope with your health issues.
If you have any questions, contact us today. We are here to help you through the process of learning how to live with your mental health issues and recover from any substance abuse.