Dual Diagnosis Program

Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital is an acute care hospital for patients who require intensive healthcare and psychiatric support. In addition, we provide intensive outpatient programming (IOP) and traditional outpatient services at our satellite clinics. As a fully integrated behavioral health hospital, we also offer rehab services to combat co-occurring substance abuse.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Mental health concerns and psychiatric illnesses often go hand in hand with substance abuse. The reason for this is twofold. Sometimes, having an untreated mental health condition causes a person to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. This is usually an attempt to numb or lessen painful symptoms, but often results in chemical dependence.

On the other hand, abusing certain substances can alter the mind and body significantly. This can cause the onset of serious mental health concerns, or can exacerbate symptoms of existing problems.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a dual diagnosis, it’s important to understand the type of support that is most effective. Dual diagnosis treatment is specially designed to address addiction and mental illness at the same time. As you can imagine, failing to do so will significantly limit your success in recovery. But by selecting a comprehensive dual diagnosis program, you’ll learn to manage all of your symptoms, and look forward to a healthy, sober future.

Common Examples of Dual Diagnosis

Erlanger’s dual diagnosis program treats patients who have a primary mental health diagnosis and a secondary substance use disorder diagnosis. We address many types of chemical dependence, including addictions to the following substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Various narcotics
  • Prescription opioids

Some of the more common mental health conditions this program addresses include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioral disturbances related to dementia
  • Delusional disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorders

Treatment Modalities

During your time in the dual diagnosis program at Erlanger, you’ll have access to focused, specialized care from a highly skilled treatment team. You can expect to engage with many of the following therapies and supports:

  • Detox services (as needed)
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management services

Learn More

If you have questions about the dual diagnosis program at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital, contact us today. A knowledgeable member of our staff is always available to provide the information you need to determine if our hospital is the right choice for yourself or a loved one.