Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program


When clients first arrive at Creative Care’s Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, our full team of expert professionals are there to greet them. In the immediacy of their arrival, clients can expect counsel from the psychiatrist, registered nurses, our clinical director, therapists, and all other ancillary staff members.

The Creative Care Clinical Treatment Team Meeting takes place twice a week. During this time, the staff discusses each client at length to explore his or her progression. We then suggest any amendments to their treatment plan based on the evolving clinical picture. While in the program, clients will traverse through several stages of treatment. Their evolution through the various stages will be specific to each client. However, all will be grounded in the Creative Care Clinical philosophy pioneered by Dr. K.

Below is a list of these stages and descriptions to help people better understand the dual diagnosis treatment process.

PHP Treatment

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. This makes 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 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 applicable. 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. This includes individual family sessions and group therapy attendance.


Dual Diagnosis Treatment and the Twelve Step Tradition

Creative Care believes in the tradition of the 12-step program as a guiding principle and framework for battling the chaos of addiction. Clients incorporate this tradition into their clinical treatment through daily 12-step meetings. Additionally, they receive 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 dual diagnosis treatment system.

The Nucleus of Success

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 individual needs.

At Creative Care, the therapist is involved in the earliest and furthest reaching aspects of the client’s treatment experience. This ranges 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.

Taking the Power Back

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. We address any co-occurring psychological disorders at this time. Furthermore,  clients participate in physical activities to 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
  • Yoga

We created our modern structured supportive housing as an oasis for individuals who need extra support and accountability. We have 30 years of experience treating addiction as well as mental health conditions. In fact, we see addiction and mental health as two halves of the same whole. Additionally, we use 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.

Multicultural Therapy at Creative Care


At Creative Care, we understand that culture matters. At Creative Care, we understand that culture matters as much inside of the therapeutic setting as it did in every client’s life before treatment. And what impacts the client matters to the clinician. With this spirit of inclusivity in mind, clinicians are trained to both self-reflect in order to understand their own conception of culture. They then consider how their own understanding might be different from others, and finally how these differences could show up in therapy.

 Upon reflection and consideration, clinicians are ready to meet each client and orient their action plan around these cultural nuances. Additionally, we invite each client to share their experiences and thoughts around the value of culture in their individual path to recovery.

More specific to how Creative Care integrates the multicultural approach: to begin with, we conceptualize a person’s attachment dynamics through the frame of the individual’s culture. This conceptualization is critical to the therapeutic process, given that attachment style frames the relationship habits for all of humanity-addiction or not. That is not to overstate the significance of the relationship, which is the relationship that an infant has with its primary caregiver. Next, our clinicians are primed to utilize cultural-responsiveness and person-centered care that grounds the therapeutic relationship. We individualize this process for each client as it is steeped in cultural sensitivity.

 At Creative Care, we recognize that symptoms can manifest, thus appear differently according to the dominant culture of the client. This recognition of cultural under pinnings will naturally impact the enation of treatment plans and any further personal needs that might appear throughout the treatment process. Finally, we aim to work within the culturally-congruent modalities to ensure client satisfaction.


LGBTQ-Affirming Therapy at Creative Care


At Creative Care, we recognize the culture of LGBTQ clients as integral to treatment planning and action. Moreover, the acceptance of LGBTQ as worthy of the highest level of care is innate to our mission: to create bridges and tear down walls. The walls that told these individuals that their sexual identity was subversive, rendering life a struggle. And addiction, a solution. The bridges to show the same people that there is another way.

 At Creative Care, we recognize that traditional approaches to psychotherapy have not always catered to the needs of this community. But here, we know better. With compassion, we will devise a strategy that incorporates all facets of the client’s sexual identity into treatment. On these grounds, we say that Creative Care prioritizes inclusivity and safety for all. As per this orientation, we encourage all clients to express themselves and trust the validation that will come in return. We know that this is an exchange that might take some time to develop. However, our clinicians and the full Creative Care team are ready to go the distance with every client.

In addition, our group programming includes LGBTQ groups that will allow for individuals to share their struggles with others that might wear the same scars. While their concerns or experience within the community might vastly differ from their peers, they can all rely on the validation and affirmation for their life’s story within the walls of our home. Proudly at Creative Care, we also have clinicians that have taken the extra steps to become LGBTQ-affirming certified therapists.

Specialized Programs Offered At Creative Care


Addiction affects every aspect of your health and wellbeing. That’s why Creative Care personalizes our  approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment, providing care for the mind and body.  We design our specialized treatment programs to address specific recovery risks and challenges you may face.  Discover our unique specialized treatment programs. They have been developed by our experts to ensure the most effective care possible for you.

Opioid Treatment
Drug Treatment
Alcohol Treatment
Substance Use Disorder
Drug Counseling
Mental Health Therapy
Executive Treatment
Dual Diagnosis