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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis Program​

Dual diagnosis is the term behavioral health professionals use to describe a person who suffers from both a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Studies have shown that people with dual diagnoses are more likely to relapse if they only receive mental health treatment for one of their disorders. At Connection Wellness Group, we believe in treating the whole person, not just one aspect of their illness. Our mental health treatments are designed to help our patients heal from both of their mental health and substance use disorders so that they can live healthy, productive lives.

What Is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?​

The Connections Wellness Group’s dual diagnosis treatment program is a therapeutic intervention designed to address the substance use disorder issues that co-occur with another diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health disorder. Connection Wellness Group understands that everyone experiences substance use and mental health in their own way. Our compassionate professionals use a holistic approach and evidence-based therapies to help patients build a lasting and effective recovery.

What to Expect from a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program​

Patients who enter our program will be given an initial assessment to determine the best level of care for their individual needs. Our highly qualified professional staff will guide you or your loved one through the program—from admissions to discharge—with compassion and support. Patients will receive treatment interventions designed around their personal needs, which are implemented using empirically proven counseling techniques and strategies. Finally, patients of the Connections Wellness Group’s dual diagnosis treatment program can expect to be given the dignity and respect that all people are due throughout their time of service with us.

Our dual diagnosis treatment program may be delivered through multiple levels of outpatient care, including:

  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)—This level of outpatient care provides a high level of structure, treatment, and accountability. It is often the best starting point for those with a long or severe history of substance use.

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)—An IOP is often a step down from a PHP. As the patient progresses in treatment and incorporates coping skills and strategies, greater flexibility is provided.

  • Virtual Services—For those patients who live well outside of our service areas, those who have small children, or face transportation and scheduling challenges, we offer virtual services that can be accessed remotely from a computer, laptop, or mobile phone.

  • Group Therapy—Group therapy is a beneficial piece of a dual diagnosis treatment program by providing peer support and shared experiences, which help individuals develop coping strategies and reduce feelings of isolation. It can also foster a sense of community and accountability, which enhances motivation and progress in both mental health and substance use disorder recovery.

Within all aspects of our dual diagnosis treatment program, you can expect professionalism, compassion, and comprehensive mental health treatment at Connections Wellness Group.

Who Can Benefit from the Dual Diagnosis Program?​

Almost anyone experiencing negative consequences from substance use, risky behaviors, or dependency can benefit from our program. Substance use disorder frequently occurs in conjunction with mental health disorders. It is vitally important that these maladaptive behaviors be treated together in one setting to bring about overall wellness and recovery. These co-occurring conditions can reinforce one another if not treated simultaneously and with the utmost care.

For example, an individual with anxiety issues may turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate their symptoms, but then develop a dependency on alcohol or drugs. Alternatively, a person with alcohol use disorder may develop depression, which spurs them to drink more. It requires a specialized treatment program to address substance use, risky behaviors, and mental health simultaneously. 

It is important that individuals struggling with dual diagnoses like these seek support as soon as possible, as substances like alcohol often lead to more or heightened depression symptoms.

Connections Wellness Group Understands Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment​

Connections Wellness Group uses a seamless system of services so the patient’s biological, psychological, and social needs can be addressed efficiently and effectively—beginning in outpatient admissions and reaching beyond discharge with our extensive network of private practice therapists for continued individual therapy and medication management.

Additionally, Connections Wellness Group has experienced therapists with a wide array of expertise, so patients are not expected to conform to one or two modalities of care. Our therapists are trained and certified in SMART recovery facilitation and techniques, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

  • Motivational interviewing

  • Relapse process prevention

  • Dialectical behavior therapy

  • Trauma therapy

If you or a loved one is struggling with dual diagnosis, don’t wait to seek professional help. We are here to support you.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center​

Dual diagnosis can be difficult to recognize since it manifests as co-occurring disorders. If you or a family member is caught in this cycle of substance use and mental health, the team at Connections Wellness Group can help. We understand how mental health conditions and substance use disorders intertwine and influence each other, and we are experienced in addressing these complex issues.

We offer comprehensive services designed to meet your unique needs, and we are committed to helping you achieve lasting sobriety and mental health. Contact us today by filling out our online form or by calling (877) 747-4294 to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment program and how we can help you on your journey to recovery.