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CDC Highlights the Need for Dual Diagnosis Approach

CDC Highlights Need for Dual Diagnosis Approach

CDC Highlights the Need for Dual Diagnosis Approach

A recent article in The Hill examines the latest Morbidity and Mortality Report from the CDC. For their assessment, the CDC used 2019 NAVIPPRO data. The National Addictions Vigilance Intervention and Prevention Program (NAVIPPRO) Addiction Severity Index-Multimedia Version (ASI-MV) tool is a self-administered, computerized, structured clinical assessment tool administered upon admission to a substance use treatment facility. It assesses seven biopsychosocial domains according to a severity rating and collects information about lifetime and past 30-day use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and tobacco, along with prescription drug use and misuse. The CDC report points out the overlap between substance use and other mental health disorders and concludes by highlighting the need for a dual diagnosis approach to substance abuse treatment. 


The Interplay Between Substance Use and Mental Illness

Among 49,00 respondents from 399 treatment facilities, more than one in three reported having psychiatric problems. Additionally, 23% reported having family problems. The CDC believes that these findings “highlight the complex nature of substance use in the United States” as well as “the interplay between substance use and mental illness.” Furthermore, they state that “[a]ctions to enhance comprehensive substance use programs that incorporate polysubstance use and co-occurring mental health problems into strategies for prevention, treatment, and response are needed.”


The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at Creative Care

Creative Care has been a pioneer in the development of dual diagnosis treatment since its inception over 30 years ago. For instance, our dual diagnosis treatment program features a biopsychosocial approach within a psychoanalytic framework. Through attachment-focused interventions, Clients and therapists begin to examine the problematic behaviors that resulted from traumatic early experiences and attachment issues. Meanwhile, behavioral modification therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance-commitment therapy are powerful means of recognizing triggers and developing positive coping skills in the place of maladaptive habits. Additionally, Creative Care offers family therapy as a means to provide support to families struggling to cope and identify the roles and behavior patterns that can exacerbate mental health disorders. Our approach attends to the roots of co-occurring disorders while also unraveling the damaging web they weave in the family, work, and other relationships.


Be Heard, Be Nurtured, Be Healed.

Since 1989, Creative Care has been an oasis for individuals who need cutting-edge, innovative clinical excellence. Indeed, we offer the extra support, accountability, and direction to heal in a safe environment where the Clients can regain their voice and a sense of renewed hope. Moreover, we foster skills conducive to a balanced, healthy life. For example, a comprehensive treatment plan may include:

If you or someone you love is suffering from co-occurring disorders, please consider reaching out to Creative Care. Begin your journey to recovery today.