“Rarely do we see a person with just addiction,” says Barbara Hernandez, licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and program director of co-occurring services at Cornerstone Recovery Center.
She is referring to the mental health issues that often accompany a person with addiction – and many times can be the catalyst for their abuse. Cornerstone offers dual diagnosis treatment to account for the depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues that our clients may have, either as a cause or a result of their drug abuse. Now, clients with severe mental health disorders, such as bi-polar with psychotic features, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), and severe depression or anxiety will be able to receive targeted therapy.
The first hurdle is to identify clients whose drug abuse resulted from the need to self-medicate for a pre-existing mental health condition. Oftentimes, a family history can help facilitate this process. Once the client has been properly diagnosed, medication is prescribed by our medical director. The client will begin meeting with groups of others who have co-occurring disorders. Ms. Hernandez leads these groups, where they discuss things such as dealing with anxiety and anti-social behaviors, and self-medicating versus taking the proper medication. Often times, once the client is stabilized and taking the proper medication, the need to use drugs dissipates or disappears altogether.
Ms. Hernandez has been practicing psychology for more than 20 years and has been a licensed mental health therapist for 15 years. She also supervises psychology interns and prepares them to become licensed therapists. Her goal is to grow this program at Cornerstone to be able to help more clients with co-occurring disorders.
Are you or a loved one suffering from substance abuse due to a co-occurring disorder, such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or severe depression and anxiety? Our drug rehab center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida can provide a comprehensive and customized treatment program for drug abuse coupled with severe mental health issues. Admissions counselors are standing by and all communication with our staff is confidential. Call 888-711-0354 or contact us online to get the help you need today!