Long Term Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders

People looking for a long term treatment approach to co-occurring disorders will find a significant contrast in Burning Tree’s modalities. Burning Tree specializes in treating some of the most complicated and chronic mental health and substance abusing persons. Including persons with personality and mood disorders such as bi-polar, depression, obsessive-compulsive, avoidant and affective disorder. Co-existing of substance abuse may include heroin, alcohol and prescription drug abuse for example. Our staff takes pride in being one of the best long term co-occurring disorders treatment center in the United States. Provided below is some additional information on what to look for in co-occurring disorder treatment centers.

When seeking information about and looking for treatment facilities that address Co-occurring disorder (also known as Dual Diagnosis), there are several factors to consider. The first consideration is if you are have a Co-occurring disorder, which can only be determined through a thorough screening and analysis.

In general, people seek treatment for Co-occurring Disorder because they are being treated for, or have already completed treatment for another problem – most typically drug or alcohol abuse or addiction. Proper assessment can determine if the addiction is facilitated by an underlying disorder that must be addressed in order for recovery to take place.

Finding a psychiatrist

Once it has been determined that a Co-occurring Disorder may exist, it is important to find a qualified psychiatrist. The best way to accomplish this is to interview several professionals and ask direct and pointed questions. The type of information that needs to be collected is:

  • What are the qualifications of the psychiatrist?
  • What is the nature of the Co-occurring Disorder?
  • Can the disorder be treated through psychotherapy, or will medication be needed, or both?
  • If medications are necessary, is the psychiatrist licensed to prescribe them?
  • What is the success rate of the psychiatrist?

In addition to gathering as much information as possible, it is important to evaluate the comfort level you have during the interview. You will be discussing highly personal issues, and it is important that you feel safe in revealing them.

What to look for in a treatment facility

If you are considering entering a treatment facility for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, processes similar to finding a therapist must be followed. Information must be gathered concerning:

  • Qualifications of the staff
  • Licensing of the facility
  • Does the treatment facility offer Co-occurring diagnosis and treatment?
  • Are treatment programs flexible?
  • How is treatment for the primary and secondary handled?
  • Is there a medical staff?

Additionally, when seeking a treatment center it is important to focus on long-term centers that develop programs that are adaptable to the progression or regression of the client. This willingness to adapt and change increases the chances that both, or all, disorders have been given their proper care in order to increase the probability of recovery.