Addiction often overlaps with co-occurring disorders

Conditions of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, and delusional behavior often overlap with addiction.  This is called a co-occurring disorder and it recognizes that substance use is often driven by underlying mental disorders.The term dual diagnosis also indicates that someone is struggling with both mental illness and substance use. 

Mind Therapy clinicians who work in addiction treatment are also experienced in the treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders. These addiction specialists consider both your addiction and your mental illness as you go through the recovery process. Recovery blends the most successful aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment.  Instead of drawing a hard line between psychiatric health and addiction, these areas are treated as part of a continuum.  

To increase the chances of achieving a full recovery, your care includes:

  • Parallel treatment of your mental health and substance use disorders by the members of a highly trained treatment team
  • Psychotherapeutic medications, such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety 
  • A supportive approach to therapy that reinforces self-esteem and builds self-confidence 
  • An inclusive treatment strategy that brings partners, spouses, children and other household members into therapy for individual counseling, group meetings or education

Each clinical plan evolves over the course of the treatment and is revised based on progress to ensure optimum result.  The plan may include:

  • Medications targeting addiction such as Suboxone® and Vivitrol®
  • Medications targeting psychiatric symptoms
  • Family system intervention, assessment, and referral services
  • Individual psychotherapy and counseling
  • Family therapy

Suboxone & Vivitrol Treatment

Suboxone is an effective new treatment option for addiction to heroin and prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.  Suboxone is a “partial opiate,” meaning that it gives the brain a weak opiate without the dangers associated with “full opiates” such as Heroin, Vicodin, or Methadone. It also blocks the effects of other, stronger opiates.


Vivitrol Injections - Another new treatment option for addiction to heroin, morphine and opiate painkillers approved by the FDA consists of monthly injections of a drug called Vivitrol. This drug, known generically as naltrexone, is not an opiate like methadone or buprenorphine. It actually blocks the effects of opiates and reduces the craving to take them.  Vivitrol is also approved for the treatment of alcoholism, reducing cravings for alcohol.