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Treating Co-current Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Why dual-diagnosis substance abuse treatment is the best option

Perhaps you’ve heard of “self-medicating” with alcohol or other drugs of addiction. Life has its share of difficult, stressful and traumatic situations, and these are amplified when mental illness is involved, as it often is.

Substance use disorders (SUD) are disease states of the mind and body. Most often, the hallmark manifestations of substance use disorders and addictions are behaviors and symptoms consistent with an inability to control what happens after the individual introduces the offending substance(s) into his or her body. Family, friends, spouses or significant others usually notice these episodes first, as they may begin subtly or inconsistently. But over time SUD is most often progressive and eventually fatal in its devastation.

At Serenity Grove, we understand that untreated mental illnesses can make life extra difficult to navigate. Unfortunately, much of society still stigmatizes those with substance use disorders (SUD), as well as mental health disorders as somehow bad or lacking in character. We don’t. We begin with non-judgmental compassion and caring support.

Co-occurring mental health issues and substance abuse disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis Substance Abuse, affect nearly 8.9 million Americans each year, with only 7.4% receiving appropriate treatment. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, at least 45% of people with an addiction have a co-occurring disorder, and a similar number of people with mental disorders have at least one substance abuse disorder. Dual diagnosis substance abuse programs can be hard to find and many people with dual diagnosis challenges are bounced among often-contradictory treatment systems with different and opposing treatment structures.

Serenity Grove understands that separated systems of care can be frustrating and result in less chance of recovery than by people with single disorders. That’s why we offer specialized dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment, including lifelong support to help our clients overcome addictions and other unwanted behaviors that make life more difficult.

The relative scarcity of dual diagnosis programs is a large part of the reason people travel to our Athens, Georgia clinic from all over the United States and Canada, including from nearby South Carolina and Tennessee.

Our program rests on three main pillars to treatment:

Medical detox
Tucked away on our four-acre treatment campus in Athens, GA, Serenity Grove is not only exceedingly discreet; the facility offers a full complement of withdrawal management services. Also known as, alcohol or drug detox, detoxification, intoxication management, or tapering, withdrawal management at Serenity Grove includes offerings from a broad array of inpatient or residential, and outpatient detox services and interventions that make the detox experience with our team among the safest and most comfortable available.

Primary treatment
We offer our clients and their families a comprehensive treatment experience from start to finish. Our treatment methods are among the most effective known today. We employ interventions based on peer-reviewed scientific research and evidence. Our commitment to each client’s individualized treatment plan, as well as the path beyond primary treatment to long-term recovery is lifelong and unwavering.

A lifetime of support
Serenity Grove provides a professional Family Case Manager to make sure the treatment process is as simple as possible, all questions are answered, and that the family is constantly updated every step of the way. We take family care seriously and we understand how integral it is to long-term success that we include a Lifetime Family Group Package™ (a $2,250 value) at no charge with successfully completed primary treatment and continuing participation.

Compliance with continuing care is equally as critical. We’ve found it best to take away all excuses and barriers to continued care from the very start. We accomplish this through our Lifetime Continuing Care Package™ (also a $2,250 value) provided at no charge with successfully completed primary treatment and continuing participation.

You can get yourself or your loved one off the self-medication carousel that destroys lives and families and avoid the ineffective and aggravating nightmare of separate systems of care. Dual diagnosis treatment can help restore lives and better the chances for long-term rehab and recovery.

Explore Dual Diagnosis Treatment and what it can do to improve your life: call one of our care representatives at (706) 389-5157 or Email: [email protected]