Substance Use Disorder
Eliminating drug and alcohol abuse is only the first step to recovery. Often people need additional assistance to effectively manage mental health symptoms, cravings, and triggers which lead to substance abuse. Mental health professionals understand those struggling with co-occurring disorders are at high risk for relapse and require immense attention and support. While clinicians explore the complexities of each case, ample time for thorough assessment is vital to achieving accurate diagnoses. Discovering the relationship between substance use and mental health disorders is the primary focus while stabilizing and supporting the patient and family.
The aim of various clinical assessments is to uncover and accurately treat potential mental health disorders previously undetected or undiagnosed in clients who also suffer from substance abuse. Once properly diagnosed, we firmly believe recovery is within reach for the client.
At Lifeskills South Florida, our admissions staff works closely with medical and clinical staff to place clients appropriately on the best clinical pathway for them; whether it be primary Substance Use Disorder or Dual Diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring psychiatric disorder. Intake assessments are geared toward unearthing potential mental health disorders, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders.
In addition to individual and group therapy, the highly qualified treatment team at Lifeskills South Florida provides targeted treatment such as Cognitive Remediation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Chemical Dependency and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which emphasizes changing behavior through applying specific skills.
The complex nature of treating substance use disorders and dual diagnosis requires highly trained, skilled professionals. It is difficult to find treatment facilities that are experienced and licensed to treat individuals with complex, co-occurring diagnosis effectively. Lifeskills South Florida is a National Center of Excellence that professionals and families seek out for this type of specialty care because of their experience and success in treating this population for over 26 years.