You’ve probably heard expressions like “drowning your sorrows with alcohol” or “numbing your pain with drugs.” However, these popular sayings reflect a strong life of denial that causes suffering in thousands of Americans suffering from substance abuse and mental illness; many of the people who struggle with substance abuse also meet the diagnostic criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders. The coexistence of addiction and mental health, also known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis treatment, requires a specialized approach and often fully individualized strategy to therapy that can evaluate and treat both problems concurrently. Unless an individual receive treatment that targets addiction and mental health, these individuals are likely to drop out of treatment or relapse.
What We Treat: Addiction Treatment Services, Dual Diagnosis Treatment, Mental Health Residential Treatment
Northbound Treatment Center is known for its high success rates in treating substance abuse and mental illness. The reason we have been so successful is that our clinical team focuses not only on a person’s addiction, but also on any underlying mental health issues and trauma. From there, we formulate a personalized plan that may include dual-diagnosis treatment. Addiction and mental illness are complex and multifaceted. We start by getting to know the individual and build out a clinical treatment plan that’s as multifaceted as the person going on this journey.
In 2017, only 6.9 percent of those aged 12 or older with past year substance use disorder received treatment at a specialty treatment facility – leaving 93.1 percent of Americans without the treatment they need.
Addiction Treatment Services
Most individuals who use substances believe that their usage behavior is not an issue. Justifications and the occasional detached comment of “I have it under control” can be quite common.
For many individuals at Northbound, the first step toward lasting recovery is acknowledging their own personal struggle with substance dependence. The next step is finding a treatment program that can truly help to restore their overall health, well-being and happiness.
At Northbound our Addiction Treatment Services cover a broad range of substances. We ensure that everyone’s treatment is created for them personally to ensure lasting recovery.
Alcohol abuse is one of the trickiest forms of addiction because of the part alcohol plays in social interactions; it is therefore paramount to work with a treatment center to develop strategies for entering back into society safely and successfully.
Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are highly addictive prescription sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Klonopin.
Heroin is an illegal, deadly drug derived from the opium poppy plant; overdose numbers are up as many are using heroin as a last-resort drug to feed their prescription painkiller addiction.
Whether it’s an illegal drug like heroin, or a prescription painkiller such as Oxycontin or Fentanyl, opioids are killing more and more Americans every year.
Aside from opioids such as OxyContin (see above), common prescriptions that become addictive include Vicodin, Morphine, and Valium.
Stimulants that can cause addiction include illegal street drugs such as cocaine or meth, and prescription drugs that treat ADHD such as Adderall, Dexedrine, or Vyvanse.
The trouble with the latest batch of designer drugs like Kratom, Spice, and Ecstasy—popular with teens and young adults and readily available at parties—is that they are entirely unregulated.
Marijuana use turns into an addiction when the person cannot stop using the drug even though it interferes with many aspects of his or her life.
Mental Health Residential Treatment
Many individuals that are diagnosed with mental illness have the opportunity to achieve strength and recovery through participating in Northbound’s Residential Treatment Program. Here at Northbound, we have a wide variety of treatment programs that for individuals with a dual-diagnosis. There is no single treatment that works for everyone – Here at Northbound we choose the best treatment through a combination of treatment strategies that works best for an individual’s unique challenges and needs.
For a person with an anxiety disorder, the normal anxiety that comes with life does not go away, interfering with daily activities.
An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, and interferes with daily life.
Common to all personality disorders (Histrionic, Antisocial, Narcissistic, Avoidant, OCD) is a long-term pattern of behavior that differs from what is expected, and causes problems functioning in society.
This mental illness is marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods and behaviors that can result in impulsive actions and problems in relationships.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and prevents the person from being able to carry out day-to-day tasks.
Whether it’s PTSD or childhood or sexual trauma, trauma disorders are mental illnesses that are caused by traumatic experiences such as violence or abuse.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual Diagnosis treatment is a relatively new term in the field of addiction and mental illness recovery. Up until the early 1990’s most individuals who were experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder (anxiety attacks, delusional behavior, depressive episodes) were treated separately from those who sought help for drug or alcohol abuse. If these conditions were to overlap, individuals were often denied treatment for any mental illnesses until they got clean and sober. What we know now is that alcohol and drug abuse is often fueled by a mental illness, and that treating addiction and mental illness concurrently is key.
Here at Northbound, we treat a wide variety of addiction and mental health or what you could also term dual diagnoses. Many of our specific treatments highlight the following dual diagnoses.
Codependency—where two people in a relationship depend on the other for happiness—often becomes an issue for those suffering from alcohol dependency.
This cycle often starts with individuals self-medicating their stress with drugs or alcohol, which leads to substance abuse, which, sadly, leads to increasing amounts of stress.
Bipolar disorder and alcoholism commonly co-occur; alcohol use may worsen the effects of bipolar disorder, making it more difficult to treat.
For many, depression leads to addiction, and addiction leads to depression.
Northbound’s Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Services
Types of Therapies practiced at Northbound Treatment
Overcoming addiction and mental health challenges is a complex process. There is no simple solution, no easy fix. Northbound guides people from the depths of addiction through detox all the way through to living a successful, healthy life. Through diverse evidence-based therapeutic techniques, highly individualized programming, and our innovative In Vivo® model of care, individuals learn how to change their thought patterns, behaviors, and routines to create a thriving lifestyle. Individuals transform their lives through the process of strengthened relationships, greater goal identification and achievement, enhanced self-efficacy and self-esteem, emotional and psychological balance, and sustained recovery.
Given the complex nature of addiction and mental health disorders, Northbound implements a variety of evidence-based therapies and modalities in the treatment process. These approaches have been highly researched and shown to be effective. Responses to different therapeutic approaches vary. Having a large toolbox to draw from enhances our ability to meet each individual where they are and serve them in a way that will be most impactful and effective as they develop their recovery.
Evidenced-based therapies at Northbound include
(but are not limited to):
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Experiential techniques
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
Each person undergoes a biopsychosocial assessment that clarifies in-depth the physical, mental, and social manifestations of addiction and mental health issues in the individual’s life, providing valuable insights into the proper treatment planning and therapeutic approaches. The choice of modality is based upon the person’s unique needs, preferences, and predispositions. No one modality has been shown to be universally effective. At Northbound, clinicians take the time to develop strong rapport with each individual and implement therapeutic techniques best suited to meet his or her needs.