Dual Diagnosis Program

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.

Our substance abuse groups use a proven model called B-SMART.

B-SMART – Self-Management And Recovery Treatment

In B-SMART substance abuse groups, members must gain a sense of self-awareness (reasoning behind why they may use drugs or alcohol), become honest with themselves and others (discussing their use of substances within a group setting), and be open to suggestions and change (implementing tools offered by the group counselor/therapist).

During these process groups, our therapist encourages each member to participate and share how they can relate to the theme of the group. By engaging, group members learn new aspects about themselves while also realizing they are not alone in their daily struggles. Group topics include:

Recovery: What it means to begin the process of change; setting personal goals

Triggers: How to identify triggers that may cause substance abuse or other risky behaviors.

Coping Skills: How to cope with life stressors; identifying productive activities/skills to help cope with cravings

Denial: What does it mean to be in denial? How to avoid peer pressure; how to say “no;” learn new social and interpersonal skills

Relapse Prevention: What it means to relapse; developing a relapse prevention plan and process ways to avoid relapse.

Substance Abuse Education: Awareness and discussion on key terms and the effects of drugs on the mind and body.

Process groups help adolescents by allowing them the opportunity to be themselves and express personal issues, and obtain support, encouragement and feedback from their peers and group counselor/therapist.

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.


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