Research shows that about 50 percent of people, including adolescents, who have a mental health diagnosis, also struggle with drug and/or alcohol use. For healing to take place and enable these young people to lead productive lives, both illnesses must be treated at the same time.
As part of its residential treatment, The Barry Robinson Center offers a Dual Diagnosis Program for adolescents with mental health and substance abuse illnesses. This innovative program features a comprehensive treatment approach designed to promote recovery from substance abuse and prevent relapse while also treating the co-existing mental health issues.
During the admission process, all residents referred for the Dual Diagnosis Program will receive an extensive evaluation that includes an examination by a psychiatrist, nursing assessment, psychosocial assessment and completion of the SASSI /Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory. Our treatment team will review all information to develop each resident’s Individual Treatment Plan that focuses on both the mental health and substance abuse issues
Participants in this program will receive all mental health services typically offered in our residential program including weekly visits with the psychiatrist, individual, group and family therapy. They will also attend our accredited school five days a week. In addition to these services, the resident will participate in nine hours of treatment each week that focuses on substance abuse. This program includes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, the addiction process, relapse prevention and 12 Step work.
Residents and their families will work with a highly trained team of professionals that includes board certified psychiatrists, pediatricians, registered nurses, licensed mental health therapist, certified substance abuse counselors (CSAC), certified recreational therapist, music therapist, art therapist, registered dietician and case manager. This diverse group of health care professionals takes a holistic approach to helping residents achieve mental health and sobriety.
Transition to aftercare is a critical part of treatment to help ensure each resident maintains progress achieved during the program. Our team will help residents and their families connect to community resources for support and ongoing treatment, such as 12 Step programs, outpatient services for medication management and therapy. For residents and their families who live in our local area, The Center’s outpatient program may be an appropriate option.