Research shows that more than 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 use illnesses. This innovative program features a comprehensive treatment approach designed to promote recovery from substance use 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 and psychosocial assessment. Our treatment team will review all information to develop each resident’s Individual Treatment Plan that focuses on both the mental health and substance use 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 use. This program includes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, the addiction process and relapse prevention.
Our substance use groups use a proven model called The Seven Challenges®.