The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
When clients first arrive at Creative Care, they are greeted by a full-team of competent professionals. Within the first 48 hours of admission, each client receives a thorough clinical assessment with Dr. Khaleghi, our founder and innovator who is more affectionately known as Dr. K. In the immediacy of their arrival, clients can also expect counsel from the resident psychiatrist, registered nurses, our clinical director, therapists, and any other conciliatory staff members.
The Creative Care Clinical Treatment Team Meeting takes place twice a week, during which time each client is discussed at length to explore his or her progression and suggest any amendments to their treatment plan based on the evolving clinical picture. While in treatment, clients will traverse through several stages of treatment. Their evolution through the various stages will be specific to each client, but all will be grounded in the Creative Care Clinical philosophy pioneered by Dr. K.
These stages and descriptions are affectionately listed below to help people better understand the treatment process.
Detoxification is the highest level of care forpeople struggling with active Substance Use Disorder. Not all drugs require a detox protocol, but it is best to be assessed by a nurse or doctor. Clients who have been using drugs or alcohol for a long time may need to rid their bodies of the built-up toxins. We use all available methodologies to make certain that the detox process is as comfortable as possible, and that clients feel safe and supported during the transition. In certain circumstances, there are clients who may not have a substance use disorder who still requiring a detox for certain substances. Depending upon the detox protocol, client may be in detox anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. During the detoxification stage, a nurse will routinely monitor client’s vitals and medications to ensure a safe detoxification process. Keep in mind that while medication does help many detox symptoms, many clients will still experience tremors, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, anxiety, and even seizures. At Creative Care, our detoxification services are geared to provide the highest level of care to the client, while keeping them safe and comfortable.
At Creative Care, we know that each client walks a different path towards recovery. To honor these distinct paths, no two treatment plans are alike. Each client’s action plan is oriented around their specific needs, making each phase of treatment at Creative Care a highly-individualized process.
With such distinctions in mind, there are universal traits of treatment. More specifically, each client can expect to have three hour-long individual sessions with their primary therapist per week. Additionally, clients will have one individual session with their secondary counselor during the same period. Finally, dependent upon the individual’s needs, clients will meet with our consulting psychiatrist up to three times per week.
Family members can also anticipate a weekly-scheduled time to speak to the primary therapist in addition to family therapy when indicated. Creative Care’s family therapy is integral to each client’s treatment plan and will be specific in its tailoring to the client and family unit respectively. In charting the proper course, family members will work with the client’s therapist to determine their own level of involvement including individual family sessions and group therapy attendance.
Creative Care believes in the tradition of the 12-step program as a guiding principle and framework for battling the chaos of addiction. The 12-step program is incorporated into the clinical program through daily 12-step meetings as well as clients receiving 12-step sponsorship. While some clients might desire alternatives to the 12-steps, the treatment team will still respectfully require participation in the 12-step program during all client’s time at Creative Care. Moreover, clients can discuss these interests with their individual therapist to augment the 12-step structure to find greater cohesion within the treatment system.
The nucleus of success at Creative Care emanates from the client-therapist relationship. Understanding the crucial nature of this relationship, Creative Care employs the most highly-trained and emotionally-efficient therapists in the field. Each and every therapist will have a rolodex of advanced therapeutic methods and treatment modalities exercised around the client’s individuated needs.
At Creative Care, the therapist is involved in the earliest and furthest reaching aspects of the client’s treatment experience ranging from individual sessions, family therapy, crisis management, to case management, legal issues, and beyond.
Throughout the course of all of this work, the therapist’s goal is to provide the proper diagnostic picture for their client. Through the creation of a diagnostic picture, the therapist can facilitate their client’s discovery of the internalized pain that has been masked by their addiction for years, decades, or even a lifetime. By unmasking the trauma, the client will begin to see their addiction for the problem and solution it always was and begin the healing process.
By understanding that such suppressed trauma was the true genesis of their addiction, the client can begin to take back the power stripped by their addiction. At this time, the therapist will address the need for alternative coping methodologies. More precisely, therapists will underline healthy coping mechanisms to help their clients survive the stressors of life without the crutch of self-medicating. Any co-occurring psychological disorders will be addressed at this time and physical activities will reinvigorate the body to match the uncovered mind.
Therapeutic approaches will include, but are not limited to:
- 12-Step Groups
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Expressive Arts & Groups utilizing Music and Art
- Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
- Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness Interventions
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Psychological Testing and Diagnostic Testing
- Trauma Therapy
Our modern residential facilities were created as an oasis for individuals who need intensive, 24-hour treatment and/or support. We are fully licensed to treat addiction as well as mental health conditions. In fact, we see addiction and mental health as two halves of the same whole. Additionally, we us mindfulness-based therapeutic treatment to teach our clients coping mechanisms and enable the management of mental health disorders for the greatest longevity in their recovery.