dual diagnosis treatment
treating dual diagnosis
at choice house
The drug and alcohol addiction recovery process is comprised of many paths. A person’s history of addiction and individual needs are both unique and complex, requiring a deeper understanding of the situation and individualized drug treatment plan.
At our Boulder, Colorado drug addiction recovery center, we treat the whole person – substance addiction and any co-occurring mental health issues. This concept of addressing both addiction and mental health is known as dual diagnosis, a key development in the addiction recovery process.
Dual diagnosis treatment – understanding the need
When it comes to addiction and mental health, it can be difficult to tell which came first – a “chicken or the egg” situation. In some cases, mental illness results from drug and alcohol abuse. In others, a person turns to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope with a pre-existing mental condition. Either way, both sides of the coin are examined during dual diagnosis treatment.
Treating dual diagnosis is a tremendously important aspect of drug and alcohol addiction treatment here at Choice House. Addressing addiction separately from mental illness can lead to an ineffective recovery and greater risk of relapse.
dual diagnosis treatment at choice house
The Choice House team is comprised of several individuals of diverse backgrounds, all of whom are extensively trained to address dual diagnosis disorders. Our licensed therapists and clinical team use a variety of means to treat each individuals’ needs in the most effective way.
Some of these methods include:
• Group therapy
• One-on-one therapy sessions
• Art therapy
• Outdoor adventure therapy
• Group bonding activities
• Family program
In addition to the outstanding support provided by our clinical team, each client meets with our medical director upon admission. The client will furthermore be seen by a medical provider on a weekly basis while in our residential program. If necessary, psychiatric evaluations will be completed in addition to medical evaluations, and medications (that do not have a propensity for addiction) can be prescribed and managed for mental health issues.
What are the benefits of dual diagnosis treatment?
The methods used by our staff result in tremendous improvements in the client’s wellbeing. Benefits include:
- Gain control and achieve sobriety
- Treatment for the mind, body, and soul
- Ability to learn how to cope and recognize triggers
- Increased stability
- Improved quality of life
What mental illnesses often occur alongside drug and alcohol addiction?
The landscape of mental illness is diverse and specific to each individual. At our Denver area drug treatment center, we commonly find that the following conditions co-occur with addiction:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Personality disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating disorders
Choice House Can Help
Located in Boulder, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Choice House provides compassionate, goal-focused drug and alcohol addiction treatment to achieve long-term sobriety. Through our several programs – 90-day residential treatment, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and structured sober living – our dedicated team of licensed therapists and behavioral health professionals work with participants in group and individual settings to find the root causes of the issues they are facing. We understand that the illness of addiction is more than what appears at the surface, and we delve deep to promote long-term sobriety and optimum health.