What is Integrated Treatment?

At Foundations Recovery Network, we believe in treating the whole person, which is why our integrated treatment model has been at the core of all we do throughout our history. By pairing clinical and psychological mental health treatment with our substance abuse treatment programs, our patients are given a chance to get to the root of their addiction issues so they can experience long-term health.

All of our facilities – from our residential treatment centers to our outpatient facilities – rely on the integrated treatment model as the basis of their programs. Our model has been tested in 11 different federally funded research studies, which have shown that its implementation improves patient sobriety outcomes post-treatment compared to the national average of traditional programs.

Our approach takes several of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s principles of effective substance treatment into account, including:

  • No single treatment is right for everyone.
  • Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use.
  • Staying in treatment long enough is critical.
  • Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.
  • Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.
  • Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.
  • Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Our integrated treatment model was specifically developed to address co-occurring disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines co-occurring disorders as any time a person has “at least one mental disorder as well as an alcohol or drug use disorder,” and each “can be diagnosed independently of the other.” It goes on to explain that that there are no specific ways that these disorders must appear together and that each disorder can range in severity, with both being mild or severe, or one being more severe than the other.

SAMHSA also explains that the most common psychiatric disorders that appear when a person has co-occurring disorders include:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Major depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Additionally, the following substances are frequently abused by people with co-occurring disorders:

  • Alcohol
  • Hallucinogens
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine
  • Opiates
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants

The case for integrated treatment, by the numbers.

  • SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that about 21.5 million adults were living with co-occurring disorders in 2022.
  • More than 50% of those who abuse drugs are believed to all have at least one significant mental illness as well.
  • More than 35% of those who deal with alcoholism have at least one mental illness.
  • Almost a third of all individuals with a mental illness also have a substance abuse problem.
  • Research has found that over 20% of those currently residing in the United States prison system could be classified as dual diagnosis.
  • Dual diagnosis patients are at a high risk for suicide. Studies have found that those with co-occurring disorders commit suicide at a rate much higher than those with just an addiction or mental illness alone.

Benefits of Integrated Treatment

Treating both the addiction and any mental health issues at the same time is often effective for co-occurring disorders because of the ways that these conditions interact with each other. If one disorder is left untreated, it can worsen and negatively affect any progress made to treat the other disorder. Additionally, the two conditions may be related to each other in complex ways, so treating them simultaneously offers the person the best opportunity to address these relationships and figure out how best to manage both disorders on a daily basis.

Find Out More About Integrated Treatment

Co-occurring disorders can be challenging to deal with alone. If you are struggling with substance abuse along with one or more mental health conditions you may feel like your situation is hopeless, but the truth is that there is hope. Our integrated treatment programs are an excellent way for you to receive the care you need. If you or a loved one is suffering with co-occurring disorders and need integrated treatment, give us a call at 615-490-9376.

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