Co-occurring Services Program (Dual Diagnosis)

Cornerstone Recovery Center is one of only a handful of South Florida addiction treatment centers that offer co-occurring services, commonly called dual diagnosis, to treat primary mental health disorders. It is estimated that 8.9 million adults have a dual diagnosis of both a mental health condition and drug or alcohol addiction. Our Co-occurring Services Program Director, Barbara Hernandez, MS, LMHC, and Primary Therapist Sidney Torres, provide integrated treatment in a safe and insulated environment. We treat co-occurring addictions and any of these mental health conditions:

Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment in South Florida

Our Co-occurring Services Program is located in a new section of the treatment center that is dedicated to our mental health program. Clients must be stable when entering our program, not only for the safety of our other clients, but also to gain the full benefits of the program. Most clients start out in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and then step down to the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Outpatient Program (OP) and Aftercare. Clients work at their own pace as they participate in one-on-one counseling as well as peer and therapist-led groups.
Clients are treated on an individual basis determined by a mental health assessment. We ask questions to form a picture of their Biographical, Psychological and Social profiles. This can include medications, known family history and any other information that will help us put together a treatment plan that best suits their needs. We discuss what will happen during treatment, and if they want family members and loved ones involved, we include them as well.

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment

A set curriculum focuses on themes that directly target primary mental health disorders. We utilize several techniques to deal with emotions, behavior and trauma:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps identify and redirect negative thinking and behavior into positive activities.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of CBT that is used to treat borderline personality disorder and other mental health disorders. It provides methods of coping with sudden, intense swings in emotion.
  • Other methods of treatment include narrative therapy, person-centered therapy (PCT), validation, and relaxation techniques. These can also be helpful where trauma or PTSD is involved.

Daily Co-occurring Treatment

A typical day in the Co-occurring Services Program may start with a peer-led group meeting. A person who is in a more advanced stage of treatment is chosen to lead the group with questions that are intended to make the participants feel empowered, and get them into the routine of starting their day with a positive affirmation, set a goal, or check in with how they’re feeling. Following may be a group run by one of the therapists. There’s a different topic every day, but the objectives include increasing self-esteem, interpersonal goals, coping skills, life skills, and relapse prevention. Clients may also have a one-on-one therapy session with their therapist.
After a productive day at the center, our PHP clients are transported back to a separate housing facility with 24-hour supervision from a behavioral health technician (BHT). They may go on group shopping trips, work out at the gym, or even go to the beach in their downtime. In addition to having access to our BHT’s, Ms. Hernandez is available day and night to speak with the clients or visit the residence if needed.

Get Dual Diagnosis Help for Co-occurring Disorders at Cornerstone Recovery Center

The entire staff at Cornerstone, including therapists, certified behavioral health technicians, certified addiction professionals, and medical director views each client as a different person who requires a customized treatment plan. We have the passion that makes us go the extra mile for our clients. If you or a loved one needs help for a primary mental health disorder, please contact our admissions counselor online or call 1-888-711-0354 today. All communications with our staff are confidential.