Substance use disorders and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand. When someone has symptoms of both types of disorders, they are referred to as co-occurring, co-morbid, or dual diagnosis. Rehab for a co-occurring disorder should include coordinated services for both substance abuse and mental health issues.

Many people have co-occurring disorders—in fact, statistics say that 50% of people with severe mental health disorders also have a substance use disorder. What’s more, studies show that about 8.9 million Americans are affected by co-occurring disorders every year but only 7.4% receive the right type of treatment. Increasingly, integrated treatment for addiction and mental health disorders is the most effective way to help those with both conditions.

Why is Integrated Treatment Effective?

Integrated treatment is a treatment model that is applied to people with co-occurring disorders of addiction and mental illness. An integrated treatment plan includes both therapy and prescribed medications. An effective integrated treatment program will treat both disorders simultaneously with a coordinated team of medical and behavioral professionals. Elements of an integrated treatment program include:

  • Multidisciplinary team for the treatment of more than one disorder.
  • Clinical and psychological treatment that includes prescribed medication when necessary.
  • Comprehensive and concurrent mental health and substance use disorder treatments.
  • All treatment providers collaborate under one roof.

Integrated Treatment at Cornerstone Recovery Center

Cornerstone Recovery Center’s Co-occurring Program treats addiction and any one of the following primary mental health disorders:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • ADD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • OCD

Our therapists use a variety of techniques aimed at coping with emotions, trauma, and changing ingrained behaviors, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, person-centered therapy (PCT), validation, and relaxation techniques.

Dr. Levi Kahane, Cornerstone’s Medical Director, leads a team of therapists and medical professionals working together to diagnose and treat clients with co-occurring disorders. Weekly team meetings are held with the clinical and medical specialists that provide a 360-degree view from everyone involved in the client’s care. “The input from the other staff is invaluable,” Dr. Kahane says. “Each team member brings something to the table in a different modality, be it EMDR, CBT, different times or situations of seeing the client—seeing them one-on-one versus in a group—these are all pieces that make it much easier to put the puzzle together.”

Co-occurring Services Program (Dual Diagnosis) at Cornerstone Recovery Center

Cornerstone Recovery Center is one of only a handful of dual diagnosis treatment facilities in South Florida treating primary mental health disorders. Our staff of therapists, certified behavioral health technicians, certified addiction professionals, and medical director will help create a customized treatment plan that is right for you. If you or a loved one needs help for a co-occurring disorder, please contact our admissions counselor online or call 1-888-711-0354 today. All communications with our staff are confidential.