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The Importance of a Dual Diagnosis Approach to Alcohol Treatment

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A Holistic Method of Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol use disorder commonly co-occurs with other mental health disorders, particularly major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Individuals suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) are almost three times as likely to have struggled with major depressive disorder in the previous year than those without AUD. From the other side of the coin, almost 17% of individuals suffering from major depressive disorder also have an AUD compared to 6% of the general population. It’s a similar story with bipolar disorder. In fact, estimates for lifetime comorbidity of bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder range from 40%-70%. Other mental health disorders commonly co-occurring with alcohol use disorder are anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders. Alcohol use disorder can mask these mental health conditions, in some instances with overlapping symptoms. Therefore, those seeking alcohol treatment should consider facilities featuring a dual diagnosis approach.


Dual Diagnosis Alcohol Treatment at Creative Care

For over 30 years, it has been Creative Care’s mission to uncover, identify, and treat underlying mental health issues and trauma while simultaneously treating addiction. Our dual diagnosis approach to alcohol treatment is built upon a psychoanalytic framework that examines the problematic behaviors resulting from difficult early experiences and attachment issues. Into this, we integrate cognitive behavioral interventions, helping Clients to recognize these behaviors as well as the triggers and maladaptive thought patterns associated with them. We also offer mindfulness resources as a means of developing positive alternatives. We understand the most complex cases, the most entangled and buried co-occurring disorders, because of our attention to detail, our attunement to each individual Client, and our unwavering compassion. Our Clients learn how to manage, cope with, and overcome their alcohol use and other mental health disorders, graduating with the tools to thrive.


Be Heard, Be Nurtured, Be Healed

Since 1989, Creative Care has been an oasis for individuals who need cutting-edge, innovative clinical excellence. 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. We foster skills conducive to a balanced, healthy life. For example, a comprehensive treatment plan may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Psychiatry sessions
  • Medications
  • Family or couples’ therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Nutrition group
  • Equine group
  • Skills-based groups
  • Mindfulness interventions
  • Yoga and other relaxation therapy

If you or someone you love is seeking dual diagnosis alcohol treatment, please consider reaching out to Creative Care. Begin your journey to recovery today.