Alcohol & Substance Use Disorders

Alcohol and drug use disorders – or substance misuse – often goes hand-in-hand with mental illnesses. Research shows a 60 percent lifetime incidence of substance abuse co-occurring with serious mental illness (Dual Diagnosis). 

What type of behavioral health program do you need?

The Dual Diagnosis program at Skyland Trail is designed to treat clients with a primary mood or thought disorder who have a co-occurring substance misuse issue. It is not appropriate for individuals with a primary substance use disorder.

Skyland Trail is not a detoxification facility. Potential clients who are in danger of withdrawal may be referred to a formal detox or rehabilitation facility for treatment prior to further consideration of treatment at Skyland Trail. Detoxification is a period of time during which the body is allowed to cleanse itself of alcohol or drugs. Detoxification should take place under close medical supervision, typically as an in-patient in a hospital.

When you contact Skyland Trail, your admissions counselor will work with our psychiatry team to assess your treatment needs. We want to ensure that each person admitted to Skyland Trail can be supported safely and benefit from our therapeutic environment.

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Dual Recovery

Research indicates that for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance misuse, treating both problems at the same time is most effective. The Dual Diagnosis program at Skyland Trail helps our clients treat both health issues at once. 

Each client in the Dual Diagnosis program has a consistent daily group focused on their psychiatric symptoms. We call this a recovery community, and each client is assigned to the CBT, DBT, Cognition and First Episode, or Social Integration recovery community. Clients meet in a daily core group to address common challenges and goals. 

Clients in the Dual Diagnosis program also are assigned to an additional recovery community. Clients in the Dual Diagnosis recovery community meet in an additional daily group  focused on understanding the addictive process, managing cravings, utilizing community supports and preventing relapse. 

Individual work with a primary counselor and a psychiatrist is based on a client's self-defined goals and addresses both psychiatric and substance use challenges.

Recovery is not just about "giving things up." It is also about constructing a life that supports health and happiness in a sustainable way.