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The Headwaters clinical treatment program is individually tailored from the results of an in-depth assessment process regarding the client’s pattern of substance abuse. As many of Headwaters’ clients are often well-known public figures or members of prominent families, we take a particularly deep dive into overall mental health and family background.

The Headwaters clinical model includes individualized psychotherapy, psychiatric and psychological services, combined with active family involvement. We understand that sometimes our clients not only have a family of origin but also a chosen circle of key influencers that might include wealth managers, legal counsel, executive assistants and talent agents.

The core components that comprise our clinical empowerment model seek to build on the positives and strengths of each client and their family units. We work side-by-side with our clients to develop self-soothing techniques and to identify therapies that can help address bio-psycho-social forces that influence their addiction.

Co-occuring Conditions

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.

Common co-occurring conditions that often occur alongside addiction are:

  • Mood disorders: Clinical depression 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.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Precipitated by traumatic experiences in one’s life, many individuals 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 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 begins with an intensive assessment

At Headwaters, each of our clients takes part in a thorough behavioral health assessment 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 affluent Headwaters client. Through rigorous assessment, each individual is given a plan for healing that guides the way to sustained recovery despite social pressures and responsibilities.

Integrated treatment is paramount to success

Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that offers all of the therapeutic resources necessary to help the individual heal physically, mentally, emotionally, 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, at which point they are often exacerbated.

Superior psychological and psychiatric care is key

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

A comprehensive clinical treatment plan should always include:

  •   Evidence-based therapies
  •   Medical care (including medication and medical detox, when appropriate)
  •   Psychiatric services
  •   Case management
  •   Family education and programming
  •   Spiritual support 

People can and do recover

Numerous research-based therapies and treatment interventions have been proven to be effective in treating individuals in recovery who are living with co-occurring diagnoses. The key is identifying reasonable goals and receiving personalized clinical treatment that is intensive, integrated and focused clearly on long-term health and success.
Address: 933 45th Street,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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