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Dual-diagnosis Treatment for Teens at Clearfork Academy

Drugs and alcohol can have a powerful effect on thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Teens who experiment with substances often do it to escape from difficulties in their lives. For some teens, drugs, and alcohol are a way to self-medicate the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder.

At Clearfork Academy, we can provide dual-diagnosis treatment to help adolescents recover from substance abuse and mental illness.

How Is Dual Diagnosis in Teens Treated?

When a teenager abuses substances to cope with mental illness, this can be thought of as a symptom of their mental health disorder. Dual-diagnosis care is needed because their substance abuse can not be effectively treated without also addressing their mental illness.

We use evidence-backed treatments to help teenagers to live soberly and manage their mental health issues. The care your teen receives will be personalized to their needs under the supervision of our medical staff. We also appreciate that family involvement is important for recovery, so family therapy is a part of the program.

Each week we focus on a Clearfork value, allowing us to delve into issues rooted deep within the heart. The clinical interventions we use, such as narrative therapy, drive our teens toward a moment of change.

Mastering topics such as conflict resolution, time management, communication, and more, allow teens to develop their life skills and build the foundation for a healthy future.

Clearfork Academy’s high-quality behavioral health program enables teens with a dual diagnosis to learn to effectively manage both conditions and regain a sense of control over their lives. Contact us today to find out more.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

The brain is extremely complex, so it is no surprise that a substance use disorder can co-occur with another mental illness. We know that many people struggling with substance abuse also have other mental health disorders. In some instances, substances make a person vulnerable to developing mental illnesses by changing the chemical balance within their brain. In other cases, individuals with untreated mental health disorders attempt to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. The term dual diagnosis covers all kinds of co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness.

The Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis in Teens

Mental illnesses present many different symptoms, and the visible signs of drug and alcohol use vary depending on the substance. Nevertheless, you can watch out for common signs and symptoms that suggest your teen is at increased risk and may need to seek treatment.

  • They withdraw from friends and family
  • They have difficulty sleeping
  • They struggle with controlling their mood
  • Drastic changes in appearance, such as weight loss and neglect of hygiene
  • They seem like a different person
  • They seem paranoid or aggressive
  • They suddenly develop new physical health problems

What Are the Different Mental Health Conditions That Can Co-occur With Substance Abuse in Adolescents?

There is no one cause for the development of co-occurring disorders. However, neurological differences, genetics, and traumatic events can all be contributing factors.

Depression and anxiety often co-occur with substance abuse issues. Teens with addiction have also been diagnosed with conditions such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

What Can Adolescents Expect During Treatment at a Dual-diagnosis Treatment Center?

We know that an integrated approach to recovery ensures lasting and successful change for your teen. We are committed to helping adolescents to recover from substance abuse and mental health disorders.  

Our residential treatment programs for adolescent males in Fort Worth and adolescent females in Cleburne give teenagers the chance to build self-esteem amid the beauty of a Texas ranch. We provide a structured environment and offer constant support, giving residents the chance to come to terms with their difficulties and prepare for long-term recovery.

In our core program, teens experience full-time treatment, therapy, and activities. They explore and learn through one-on-one and group therapy, as well as family therapy.

FAQ About Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Teens

Below are some commonly-asked questions about Clearfork Academy and the typical teen experience during treatment. If you don’t see your question below, please click here to see all FAQs or reach out to us directly for more information.

The most important thing you can do is provide constant and sincere encouragement and support. The recovery journey can be challenging, and your child will need you now more than ever. Educate yourself about the specific diagnosis, make yourself eager to listen and be available, and always maintain open levels of communication.

The length of dual diagnosis treatment can vary. Our residential treatment program lasts for 13 weeks, whereas our intensive outpatient program offers a more flexible schedule within our opening hours. We offer personalized treatment to fit your teen’s day-to-day living commitments.

Some mental health issues are lifelong but can be managed with medication and therapy. Addiction treatment will give your teen the skills to resist substance use and maintain a sober life.

A number of studies published by the Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration show that a dual diagnosis and an integrated treatment program are effective in helping individuals recover from both a substance use disorder and mental illness.

Teen Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Clearfork Academy

If you are worried that your child may have a substance abuse problem alongside mental health issues, please get in touch. We are happy to answer your questions.

Mental health treatment and the treatment of co-occurring disorders are a calling for us. Contact us today to begin. We are here to help.

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