If you or a loved one is experiencing a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental health condition such as schizophrenia, an anxiety disorder, depression, or a personality disorder, we want you to know:
There is hope.
Our whole-person, integrated approach to dual diagnosis treatment has empowered adults 18+ to develop and maintain healthy relationships with substances while they recover from mental health conditions.
We can help you or your loved one, too.
Recovery is Possible
Our Approach to Dual Diagnosis Recovery
Holistic, Integrated CareAbout one-third of those experiencing mental health issues and about one-half of those with severe mental health conditions also suffer from a substance abuse disorder. We developed our dual diagnosis residential treatment program to address this reality. At The Farm (our long-term residential treatment center) and CooperRiis at Asheville (our short-term residential treatment center), residents can receive care for mental health conditions and addictions/dependencies in concert.
At CooperRiis, someone has a “dual diagnosis” if they have been diagnosed with both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder. There are many kinds of substance abuse disorders, including addictions to/dependencies on alcohol or drugs and addictions to processes/behaviors such as gambling, sex, watching porn, watching television, playing video games, and spending money.
It can be challenging for someone with a dual diagnosis to receive the help they need because:
- A previous misdiagnosis can lead them to pursue treatment that is not effective for them.
- Substance abuse symptoms can veil symptoms of mental illness.
- Symptoms of mental illness can be easily confused with symptoms of addiction.
- Symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse can interact and create complex medical histories.
- Some individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder do not realize or believe that their substance use is related to their diagnosis.
For those with dual diagnoses, addressing both their mental health conditions and their addictions/dependencies together is of the utmost importance. That is why we’ve created an integrated model of care for dual diagnosis residential treatment at CooperRiis.
Dual Diagnosis Statistics:
- About one-third of all people experiencing mental health issues and about one-half of people living with severe mental health issues also experience substance abuse.
- Around one-third of all those who abuse alcohol and more than one-half of all those who use drugs report experiences of mental illness.
- Men are more likely to develop co-occurring disorders than women.
- Individuals of lower socioeconomic status, military veterans, and people with physical illnesses are at higher risk of developing a substance abuse disorder in addition to mental health conditions.
CooperRiis’ dual diagnosis residential treatment program is for individuals with mental health conditions who also suffer from addictions/dependencies. We require our residents to maintain sobriety throughout their time with us, and we have many support systems in place to help them meet this requirement.
That being said, we do not offer detox, and we are not a locked facility. If an individual is at risk of serious withdrawal symptoms or is not able to participate in our open camps programs, we will refer them to a treatment center that can provide the medical attention/ environment that they need while offering them the option of returning when they’re ready.
Complementary Recovery Programming
Compassionate Health Care Teams
Education and EmpowermentPsychoeducation is a critical facet of recovery for our residents with substance abuse disorders.1 Becoming aware of what addictions are, why they develop, and how they can be treated empowers people to play active roles in their own recovery. Our dual diagnosis treatment program supports residents in gaining the knowledge they need to liberate themselves from addiction/dependency through the following three groups:
Seeking Safety Group
Dual Recovery Group
Sustaining Recovery Group
Whole-Person Recovery Plans
Research shows that individuals with dual diagnoses achieve better health outcomes when their substance abuse disorders are addressed within comprehensive mental health recovery plans. That’s why we deliver treatments that address all seven of the following seven domains of recovery for every resident:
The Seven Domains of Recovery
No matter where they are on their recovery journey, every CooperRiis resident receives personalized care that allows them to make sustainable progress towards their goals. While this means every individual’s recovery plan is unique, the following types treatments have been especially beneficial for our residents with substance abuse disorders: