At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we focus on addressing both the body and mind for comprehensive treatment that sets our clients up for lasting success. Many of our clients faced with a substance abuse disorder also struggle with their mental health, creating a dual diagnosis consisting of both addiction and a mental health disorder.

While treating the chemical dependency that results from substance abuse can make an immediate difference in an individual’s overall health, making mental health a priority during treatment is absolutely essential for successful rehabilitation. At Elan, our clients receive the best in mental health care while working to overcome their substance use disorder.

The Link Between Mental Health and Addiction

Poor mental health or a history of mental illness often has a direct link to the development of a substance use disorder. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and ADHD are all common co-occurring disorders that may accompany substance abuse and receive specific treatment at Elan. Co-occurring mental health disorders may be present before the onset of the substance abuse or may develop as a result of substance abuse. Whatever the case, addressing both aspects of a client’s dual diagnosis is essential for lasting results. When individuals struggle with mental health, drugs and alcohol can be a powerful and dangerous outlet for self-medication. Because of their euphoric and mood-altering effects, those struggling with mental health can quickly fall prey to the temporary relief drugs and alcohol provide. By choosing to self-medicate and avoid addressing the core of the issue, substance use can soon spiral out of control and become life-threatening.

An Integrated Treatment Approach

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends an integrated approach when treating both mental health and substance abuse, meaning both aspects of the dual diagnosis are addressed simultaneously by the same team at the same clinic. Doing so increases the chances for enduring and successful sobriety well after leaving treatment. While eliminating the influence of a substance use disorder can have an immediate positive impact on an individual’s outlook and overall stability, failing to address any co-occurring mental health disorders can eventually lead substance abusers down the same path following completion of their treatment program. By integrating and emphasizing mental health alongside addiction treatment, clients gain a better understanding of their own addiction and how they can prevent or avoid relapse triggers down the line.

Evidence-Based Treatment Interventions

At Elan, we emphasize core emotions to truly understand what drives addiction. We utilize a wide range of research-based interventions to address co-occurring disorders, including:

  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational enhancement and interviewing (ME/MI)
  • Shame resiliency and vulnerability training
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • EMDR trauma therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

By approaching a dual diagnosis from all angles, we are better able to get at the heart of the substance abuse and adjust treatment as necessary based on real-time monitoring. Using various forms of proven interventions designed to provide direct feedback allows our expert staff to measure improvement and ensure forward progress. Unraveling and facing the trauma, mental instability or direct source of a mental health condition is often the only way to allow authentic healing to occur. Substance abuse provides a distraction for our clients and enables them to avoid addressing the root cause. With an integrated approach that utilizes evidence-based treatment interventions, we can help our clients unpack and overcome the mental blocks that are preventing them from living a healthy and happy life.

Personalized Programs for Tailored Treatment

We offer both inpatient residential and outpatient treatment services at Elan. We understand that every individual has varying needs and that there is no single correct treatment program for our dual diagnosis clients. Every person who walks into our facility brings a unique background and set of personal challenges, which is why we tailor our programs to the individual. The treatment we offer to our clients is personalized based on their specific addiction, co-occurring disorders and individual needs.
As the only private substance abuse treatment center to utilize adaptive testing, we are able to monitor our clients’ progress and update their treatment as necessary according to real-time feedback. Adaptive testing provides our staff the ability to track results and ensure our clients are always making improvements as they work their way through our treatment programs.

Our Professional,
Qualified and Caring Staff

Our expert staff is led by a Medical Director certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine with triple board-certification in addiction psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. We are also proud to have a psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) as a member of our team. Our clinicians come equipped with Master’s-level certifications and over 50 cumulative years of experience in the realm of addiction and mental health.

On top of relevant education, experience and certification, a commitment to our clients’ success is inherent in every member of our team. We genuinely care about what we do and want every member of the Elan family to succeed in overcoming their mental health and substance use disorders.

Managing Mental Health at Elan Recovery + Wellness

At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we understand that addiction extends beyond the physical symptoms of substance abuse. Successful treatment requires a more in-depth look at the inner workings of the disease of addiction. Using an integrated treatment approach that utilizes evidence-based interventions, we are able to provide our clients with comprehensive programs designed to match the unique needs of their personal diagnosis.

To learn more about the priority we place on mental health in all of our programs, contact Elan Recovery + Wellness today!

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