What are Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders?
Substance abuse and addiction is a spectrum of disorders often rooted within other problems- most commonly co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Teens with undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorders are more susceptible to substance abuse due to self-medication in an attempt to escape or reduce symptoms. Stigmas against seeking treatment for mental illness also factor in, as one may not recognize the severity of mental health issues or be resistant to seeking help because of shame or fear of judgement.
This ill-advised attempt at relief may compound the problem, as addiction creates a seemingly unbreakable cycle of substance abuse. One feels trapped and helpless as illicit substances become both a crutch and a chain; unaided attempts to quit result in overwhelming urges or the onset of painful and potentially dangerous withdrawal. Relapse into active drug or alcohol abuse after even a short period of abstinence may offer its own dangers, as risk of lethal overdose is increased. Teens experiencing severe symptoms may accidentally ingest higher doses than desired.
Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders shouldn’t stand in the way of living a healthy, happy life. Partial hospitalization programs for teens offer safety and security throughout the recovery process.
What is Partial Hospitalization?
For teens experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, treatment through a partial hospitalization program provides the structured clinical supervision and intervention necessary to develop the coping mechanisms necessary for maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle. Integrated mental health care as part of the recovery process helps teens understand the correlation between thoughts, emotions, and negative actions, allowing clients to establish more positive habits.
Teen partial hospitalization programs are designed to promote long-term recovery through personalized, client-centered care focused on implementing the tools and life skills for managing life beyond drugs and alcohol.
Safe Landing Partial Hospitalization Programs?
At Safe Landing, our dedication to helping your teen build a solid foundation for the future goes beyond breaking the physical bonds of addiction. To help prevent a lifelong cycle of relapse, Safe Landing’s personalized partial hospitalization treatment focuses on psychoeducation, and research-based therapy methods proven effective in treating co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Our structured program provides comprehensive behavioral health care five days per week for five hours per day. During this time, Safe Landing utilizes proven treatment methods to achieve lasting outcomes.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Gender groups
- Anger management and emotional awareness
- Communication and life skills training
- Total wellness
- Family counseling
At Safe Landing, we strive to establish open channels of communication and support for long-term recovery. Parents and guardians are kept informed and involved throughout each stage of treatment. By helping family members and loved ones understand addiction and their role in the recovery process, we help to repair bonds and establish the support necessary to maintain a lifelong commitment to clean and sober living.
If your child is struggling with substance abuse and their mental health, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us today to begin the journey of healing for your teen and family.