Many teenagers diagnosed with a mental health disorder are found to also be struggling with more than one disorder. This is referred to as a dual diagnosis and requires the professional help found in the co-occurring disorder treatment program at Imagine Seattle.
The co-occurring disorders most commonly found in teens include mental health and substance use disorders. This is unfortunately so commonplace in young people because many adolescents will turn to mind-altering substances as a way of helping them control the symptoms of their mental health disorder. Over time, the use of these substance(s) can exacerbate their mental health symptoms, leading to substance use issues and a series of other serious consequences. When this occurs, treatment and rehab designed specifically for teenagers become that much more crucial. Thankfully, the adolescent co-occurring disorder treatment program at Imagine Seattle can help.
Our Dual Diagnosis Experience Matters
In our dual diagnosis treatment program, we’re experienced in helping teens navigate complex issues. Some of the most common mental health disorders that adolescents and teens who abuse drugs or alcohol are diagnosed with include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Our teen co-occurring disorder treatment program practitioners begin by giving teens a comprehensive assessment. Through this evaluation, we’re able to diagnose co-occurring disorders and develop an effective treatment plan. The goal of treatment is to address both the mental health and substance use issues concurrently.
What Our Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Program Looks Like
At the core of our approach to treating adolescent dual diagnosis clients is a partial hospitalization program for teens ages 12 through 17.
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers a level of care that provides teen clients with access to a structured and safe treatment environment that does not disrupt their daily life. This means that while in the adolescent co-occurring disorder treatment program at Imagine Seattle, teens may continue going to school, working their part-time jobs, and sleeping in their own beds at home.
During a teen co-occurring disorder treatment program, PHP is the starting point because it can help clients build a foundation for lasting recovery. With this intensive care, we take every opportunity to help improve their mental and physical health and prepare them for the next phases of the program.
The Next Steps in Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
After completing their partial hospitalization program at Imagine Seattle, the adolescents in our care will step down to an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and participate in additional treatments and therapies. Each step along this journey is designed to address not only a teenager’s disorders but also begin to instill in them the essential life skills, coping mechanisms, and critical techniques for dealing with trauma and triggers in a healthy way. Furthermore, making plans for medication management, trauma-informed care, educational advocacy, and support through aftercare are involved in our co-occurring disorder treatment program.
Some of the therapies that are employed in our teen co-occurring disorder treatment program include:
- Group therapy
- Individual counseling
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Find the Help Your Teen Needs Today at Imagine Seattle
With an intensive, committed, and compassionate focus on teen mental health, the Imagine Seattle co-occurring disorder treatment program can help your teen address and overcome the challenges they’re facing. In the process, they will find the inner strength they need to move into adulthood with the knowledge and skills capable of helping them live a long, happy, and healthy life. Reach out to us today by calling our dedicated team at 425.295.2459 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do for your child.