It’s common for teens who are diagnosed with a mental health issue to also struggle with more than one disorder. This is referred to as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Hope and healing are available—a professional co-occurring disorders treatment program can help.
The co-occurring disorders most commonly found in teens include mental health and substance use disorders. Why are these so common in young people? Many adolescents will turn to mind-altering substances as a way of helping them control the symptoms of their mental health disorder. Over time, the use of these substance(s) can exacerbate their mental health symptoms, leading to addiction issues and a series of other serious consequences. When this occurs, treatment programs and rehab designed specifically for teenagers become that much more crucial. Thankfully, Imagine Spokane’s dual diagnosis treatment program can help.
Contact our team at 509.870.3810 or reach out online today to learn more.
Why Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Matters
In our dual diagnosis treatment program, we’re experienced in helping teens navigate complex issues. Some of the most common mental health disorders that adolescents and teens who abuse drugs or alcohol are diagnosed with include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Our teen co-occurring disorder treatment program practitioners begin by giving teens a comprehensive assessment. Through this evaluation, we’re able to diagnose co-occurring disorders and develop an effective treatment plan. The goal of treatment is to address both the mental health and substance use issues concurrently.
What to Expect in Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Teens
At the core of our approach to treating adolescent dual diagnosis patients is a partial hospitalization program for teens ages 12 through 17.
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers a level of care that provides teen patients with access to a structured and safe treatment environment that does not disrupt their daily life. This means that while in the adolescent co-occurring disorder treatment program at Imagine Spokane, teens may continue to do school work, working their part-time jobs, and sleeping in their own beds at home.
While in our teen co-occurring disorder treatment program, many of those in our care start in PHP. Why? Because this level of care can help patients build a foundation for lasting recovery. With this intensive care, we take every opportunity to help improve their mental and physical health and prepare them for the next phases of the program.
Continued Progress in Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
After completing their partial hospitalization program at Imagine Spokane, the adolescents in our care will step down to an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and participate in additional treatments and therapies. Each step along this journey is designed to address not only a teenager’s disorders but also begin to instill in them the essential life skills, coping mechanisms, and critical techniques for dealing with trauma and triggers in a healthy way. Furthermore, making plans for medication management, trauma-informed care, and support through aftercare are involved in our co-occurring disorder treatment program.
Some of the therapies that are employed in our teen co-occurring disorder treatment program include:
- Group therapy
- Individual counseling
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Connect With the Team at Imagine Spokane
With an intensive, committed, and compassionate focus on teen mental health, the Imagine Spokane co-occurring disorder treatment program can help your teen address and overcome the challenges they’re facing. In the process, they will find the inner strength they need to move into adulthood with the knowledge and skills capable of helping them live a long, happy, and healthy life. Reach out to us today by calling our dedicated team at 509.870.3810 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do for your teen and your family.