The Burning Tree staff takes an integrated treatment approach to dual diagnosis, rather than sequential treatment of chemical dependency and mental disorders. Our team members understand the concept of chemical dependency as a primary disease, while recognizing that untreated psychiatric disorders are a contributing factor to a relapse. Our entire staff is well-trained in recognizing how addiction interplays with other disorders. Through this experience, we’ve been able to help many people who previously could not maintain recovery.
Another strategic element in the treatment of those with dual diagnoses is our combination of traditional forms of treatment with other philosophical and experiential therapies. This combination of treatment methods allows us to recognize and confront problematic behavior and thinking errors that show up in the person’s everyday life. Think of it this way: It’s like they’ve been asleep dreaming that they were awake. We wake them up to their powerlessness over alcohol and drugs, and direct them toward recognizing the reasons for their prior relapses. The staff also helps clients make the connection between everyday behavior and relapse, then teaches them how to manage their psychiatric disorder within the context of sobriety.
We are very fortunate to have two psychiatrists as members of our professional team, Dennis Dalton, M.D., and Frank Floca, M.D. Dr. Dalton is an addictionologist and a recognized expert in this area. Dr. Floca is a psychiatrist who is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Both doctors are highly skilled in diagnosis, medication, and therapy appropriate for other disorders in context of, and within treatment recommendations for, chemical dependency.
At Burning Tree, we design a specialized treatment plan to assist with problematic areas. Clients are given individualized treatment and therapy to assist them in developing coping strategies and a structure for daily living, both of which are essential to successful sobriety. Our daily routine and behavioral guidelines are designed to assist the dual diagnosed client in developing these two qualities. The unmanageability and self-indulgence of the addictive lifestyle must be replaced by a personal responsibility and developing self-care in respect to both diagnoses.
Our staff assists the client in developing self-discipline and consistency around taking medications. We also teach the client to eliminate the drug addiction mentality that they know what is best for them and, instead of practicing self-diagnosis, relinquish control of their treatment and medication therapy to the direction of their treatment team. Such thinking errors often cause relapse unless interrupted and replaced by conscious effort to manage both diagnoses simultaneously.