Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis

Research indicates that most people with substance use disorders also have underlying and co-occurring mental health disorders. After a thorough assessment to identify the function, extent, and impact of the substance abuse, along with underlying mental health symptoms and environmental and relational stressors, evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders involves helping an individual build and maintain motivation for change, replacing substance use with rewarding activities, improving problem-solving skills, and facilitating positive interpersonal relationships.

Treatment plans may involve some combination of the following: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Abuse (DBT), referral to 12-step programs, and/or referral for psychopharmacology. In some cases, referral to a higher level of care is indicated, such as a detoxification or residential treatment program.