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.