Many people suffer from both behavioral health problems, such as depression or anxiety, and co-occurring chemical dependency problems. This condition is referred to as dual diagnosis, and it’s far more prevalent than most people realize.
Facing the double challenge of managing behavioral health problems and recovering from chemical dependency requires special help. Patients need skillful coordination of behavioral health treatment with drug/alcohol education – which is why we established our Dual-Diagnosis Program. Hampton’s program in Westampton Township, New Jersey is staffed by clinicians who are experienced in treating dually diagnosed patients.
Guiding Patients to Better Mental Health with Education and Support
One of the most challenging aspects of treating dually diagnosed patients is helping them overcome denial. They often do not acknowledge their dependency or the seriousness of their disorders. Therefore, one of our first goals is to help patients recognize denial and how it slows the recovery process. Then, we educate patients about their conditions and how to manage them. Patients receive encouragement and support in choosing alternative behaviors that are healthy and productive. And, because self-esteem issues frequently are at the core of behavioral health and chemical dependency problems, Hampton’s staff makes positive feedback a priority.
While all our treatment approaches are tailored to individual needs and functioning level of the patient, certain features are standard for dually diagnosed patients. All patients participate in psychotherapy, including individual, group and family therapy. In all cases, patients participate in 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Each patient’s physical condition is assessed upon admission to ensure that if necessary, an appropriate detox protocol is implemented immediately.
A recent federal study revealed that:
- 53 percent of drug users also have behavioral health disorders
- 37 percent of alcohol abusers also have behavioral health disorders
Treatment Tailored to the Patient’s Level of Functioning
Therapeutic treatments are designed to facilitate the patient’s independent functioning. After the initial assessment, the patient with a dual diagnosis may be referred to one of the following inpatient or outpatient programs:
For adults with acute behavioral health problems and a co-occurring diagnosis of chemical dependency, inpatient treatment at Hampton provides a safe environment where behavior and medication can be closely monitored. Patients are carefully assessed to ensure that detox protocols are put in place to safely and comfortably manage withdrawal symptoms.
Group therapy and individual counseling with our licensed social workers and alcohol and drug counselors help patients understand their illness and focus on recovery. In addition to addiction groups, patients also work with both a registered dietician and a registered nurse to gain a holistic perspective on the impact of their illness on their overall health and well-being. Twelve step meetings are held nightly on the unit to reinforce the day’s activities.
Treatment for a dual-diagnosis patient does not always require the protective environment of inpatient care. That’s why Hampton developed our effective outpatient treatment programs. When a patient must maintain a work schedule, care for children or attend school, the following outpatient programs offer individuals the flexibility to maintain their schedules while receiving the help they need.
Partial Hospitalization Program
This outpatient alternative is especially helpful to dual-diagnosis patients and to other adult patients who need substantial support to fully function in the community. For many patients, the partial program eases the transition out of inpatient care. Activities promote wellness, enhance self-esteem and maximize independence.
Intensive Outpatient Program
This program provides help for adults who are able to maintain their daily activities, but who can benefit from a more intensive level of care. The Intensive Outpatient Program also provides transitional care for patients being discharged from inpatient care. There are both day and evening sessions of the Dual-Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program to better meet the needs of patients with work and family obligations.
For more information about our programs, call (800) 603-6767 or (609) 518-2100.