Mental health and behavioral health play an integral role in addiction recovery. Drugs and alcohol change how the brain processes information and what it perceives as rewarding experiences. To achieve lasting recovery, it is essential to address these changes. In addition, other mental health conditions such as depression, trauma, anxiety, and grief can impact substance use and recovery and as well. In an effort to cope with these challenges, individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol for relief. However, substance use can exacerbate symptoms as well, creating a vicious cycle.
When both addiction and mental health issues occur together, it is known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Clients with co-occurring disorders who enter treatment for addiction should ensure that they have access to mental health treatment programs as well. Treating both conditions simultaneously can allow for more effective recovery. Individuals gain a better understanding of how their depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, or other issues impact their substance use and vice versa. Mental health care is also essential for recovery to promote a positive outlook, enhanced motivation, increased accountability, and relapse prevention.
Assessment of Mental Health Disorders
Crossroads recognizes the importance of addressing clients’ physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs in recovery. All clients undergo comprehensive assessments for substance use and mental health disorders. All assessments are performed by a licensed professional counselor and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges each client faces. The results are used to guide development of individualized treatment plans to provide the optimal level of care. Each client receives the personalized care they need to address addiction and mental health concerns allowing them to build a strong foundation in recovery.
Mental Health Services Provided During Treatment
Mental health treatment programs are incorporated throughout all levels of care at Crossroads, from the Back Cove Women’s Residential Program and Children and Mothers Residential Program to outpatient treatment and therapy groups. Men and women can find the comprehensive care they need to address depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, trauma, and grief and improve their mental health as they overcome addiction. The clinical curriculum at Crossroads has been designed to treat multiple diagnoses including mental health and substance use with an emphasis on trauma.
These issues are addressed in multiple ways. Clients may participate in a variety of programs and activities including:
- Individualized therapy and counseling
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Wellness services such as yoga and meditation
- Recreational activities
Multiple approaches are integrated into treatment to provide the most effective care. For instance, mindfulness-based relapse prevention not only supports recovery needs but also helps to ease the symptoms of trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression. DBT combined with the 12 steps supports recovery needs and substance use while also helping to manage symptoms related to personality disorders, improve relationship functioning, and increase coping skills for various mental health symptoms and diagnoses.
At Crossroads, Healing Trauma and Seeking Safety are also used to treat symptoms related to trauma. During individual treatment, clients work with masters-level clinicians who are trained in co-occurring disorders. This allows for further personalization of care and more in-depth, specific exploration and processing to treat co-occurring symptoms. While group therapy is beneficial, individual therapy takes the work done in groups to a deeper level through one-on-on sessions. Clients and clinicians collaborate on individualized treatment plans to ensure goals are tailored to their needs.
Regardless of program type, clients engage in gender-specific treatment that touches on multiple aspects of mental health and recovery. Individuals learn how to cope with stress and challenging situations more effectively, how to improve communication and problem solving, how to build healthier relationships, and much more.
Aftercare Services for Mental Health Disorders
Managing mental health disorders is an ongoing battle. Crossroads supports men and women in continuing to understand the role of mental health in addiction recovery and taking steps to manage conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and grief. Caring for these issues should be an integral part of relapse prevention plans.
Outpatient treatment and therapy groups incorporate counseling and other strategies for addressing mental health concerns. These gender-specific programs allow men and women to further explore how mental health is affected in real-world situations as they integrate into the community while focused on their recovery. As new challenges arise, they have a safe space to discuss their thoughts and feelings and receive support in dealing with these issues in a healthy, effective manner.
Overcoming Addiction and Mental Health Disorders
Mental health treatment services are not an add-on or separate program at Crossroads – they are incorporated into the comprehensive care provided for all clients. Even if a client is not formally diagnosed with depression or anxiety, they may still experience symptoms from time to time. And for those who do have co-occurring disorders, mental health treatment is an essential part of the recovery process. All clients can feel more confident in their recovery knowing that their mental health and substance use concerns will be addressed, and they will be equipped with the strategies, skills, and support necessary for lasting recovery.