Clinical Focus

The Headwaters clinical treatment program is individually tailored from the results of an in-depth assessment process regarding the patient’s substance abuse, mental health and family background. Individualized psychotherapy, psychiatric and psychological services, combined with active family involvement are core components. Ours is an empowerment model that seeks to build on the positives and strengths of each patient and family. We work with our patients to develop self-soothing techniques and to identify therapies that can help address bio-psycho-social forces that influence their addiction.

Co-occurring Conditions/“Dual Diagnoses”

If someone has both addiction and a mental health disorder, they are classified as having co-occurring disorders (a.k.a. “dual diagnoses”). These disorders impact nearly every aspect of an individual’s mental, physical, and spiritual life. At Headwaters, we know that co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders impact one another and must be treated together.

Co-occurring conditions that are often occur alongside addiction are:

  • Mood disorders: Clinical depression is debilitating to normal life function. Along with anxiety, it is the primary co-occurring diagnosis cited by people with addiction. Anxiety includes a large spectrum of emotional experiences, from stressful reactions to everyday situations to extreme anxiety such as PTSD.
  • PTSD: Both men and women suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is precipitated by traumatic experiences in one’s life. Many women in drug and alcohol treatment have been the victim of some form of verbal and physical abuse. Disassociation from self and events, anger, depression, high anxiety, and insomnia are some symptoms of PTSD.
  • Process addictions: Shopping, gambling, disordered eating and sex process addictions often co-occur with a substance use disorder. They may be cross-addicting behaviors that exacerbate one another.
  • Personality disorders: These include borderline personality disorders (BPD), histrionic, and narcissistic disorders. Other examples might be obsessive-compulsive, paranoid, schizoid, avoidant, and dependent personality disorder.

Treatment at Headwaters Begins with an Assessment

At Headwaters, each of our patients takes part in thorough behavioral health assessments to ensure that all substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated. We develop individual treatment plans that are designed to meet the unique needs of every patient. Through rigorous assessment, each individual is given a plan for healing that guides the way to sustained recovery.

Superior Psychological and Psychiatric Care

To be effective, co-occurring disorders must be treated at the same time, in the same place, by the same treatment team. Headwaters at Origins’ multidisciplinary team includes highly-credentialed psychiatric and psychological staff members who provide comprehensive services to each patient at Headwaters. Along with one-on-one clinical interviews with on-staff clinical psychologists, our team leverages advanced psychological testing.

Integrated Treatment Is Key

Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that offers all of the therapeutic resources necessary to help the individual heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is no one cause of addiction, though living with a mental health disorder may increase the likelihood of developing a substance use disorder — and vice versa. Everyone is different. In some cases, a mental health disorder predates the development of a drug or alcohol abuse. In other cases, mental health symptoms are not apparent until after addiction has taken hold — sometimes, these conditions are exacerbated or worsened by drug use.

A comprehensive treatment plan for people with co-occurring disorders should include:

  • Evidence-based therapies
  • Medical care (including medication, when appropriate)
  • Psych services
  • Case management
  • Family education and programming
  • Spiritual support
  • Every patient deserves a treatment plan designed with their individual needs in mind.

People Can and Do Recover

While there is no cure for any mental health disorder, including addiction, many go on to lead incredible lives filled with hope and courage. Numerous research-based therapies and treatment interventions have been proven to be effective in treating those who are living with co-occurring diagnoses. The key is receiving personalized treatment that is intensive and integrated. When long-term support and therapeutic interventions are applied, people with co-occurring disorders can recover.

If you would like more information about Headwaters at Origins please call 844-439-2837.