Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Preventing Relapse by Addressing All of the Mental Health Issues Underlying Addiction
About half of people who struggle with drug addiction also have underlying mental health disorders, most commonly depression or anxiety. Research has clearly established that individuals who struggle with a dual diagnosis are at high risk for relapse if both issues are not addressed at the same time.
At Promises Austin, clients receive coordinated treatment for both substance abuse and mental health disorders from a team of experienced counselors, a physician and our 24-hour nursing staff. Promises Austin not only treats drug and alcohol addiction, but also the underlying issues that stand in the way of lifelong recovery. This focus on mental health treatment along with addiction makes us one of the top dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas.
Coordinated Care for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
Our psychologist, Deborah Stote, PhD, offers comprehensive assessments. She utilizes 24 distinct assessment tools that assist in identifying mental health disorders, emotional regulation strategies, chronic stress, motivational readiness to change, cognitive function, and skills and interests that may help guide career planning. These assessments help us get to know our clients and how we can best assist them, and serve as the foundation for each client’s personalized treatment plan.
We also address co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Clients gain an understanding of the science behind their disorder(s) – what’s happening in the brain, why they feel the way they do, and what they can do to feel better without using drugs or alcohol.
With over 12 years of experience specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, Dr. Stote draws on evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as complementary/alternative medicine approaches such as yoga, meditation and nutritional counseling. Her focus is on helping clients live healthy, balanced lives so they don’t feel compelled to use substances. Dr. Stote is also available for individual therapy sessions.