Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe a mental health disorder and a substance abuse problem. This can be difficult to treat, as both disorders need to be addressed.

Dual diagnosis is sometimes referred to as co-occurring disorders. It’s important to note that someone can have mental illness and drug or alcohol abuse with no other history. Still, they are considered dual diagnoses when there is a pattern of one disorder emerging following the onset. For example, someone with schizophrenia may begin self-medicating with drugs or alcohol as their hallucinations and paranoia become more uncontrollable.

Someone else may go through a period of depression following the death of a loved one and seek comfort in substance abuse by abusing prescription medication or turning to illicit substances such as marijuana or cocaine.

Dual diagnosis is unique to each individual, depending on their unique history and risk factors for each disorder.

Dual diagnosis is not uncommon, although the exact number of Americans affected is unknown. However, more than 20 percent of people with severe mental illness also have a substance abuse problem, and about 50 percent of people with an addiction also suffer from another mental illness.

Why do substance use disorders and mental disorders occur together?

One way to examine this question is by looking at the symptoms of mental disorders and substance use disorders and how they correlate to see if there are similarities. This can better understand why people with mental illness might also be dealing with substance abuse issues.

Of course, another way to address the question is to conduct research that examines causation. Suppose researchers can determine why substance use disorders and mental illnesses occur together. In that case, there could be better treatment options developed for people who would potentially benefit from both types of therapy.

According to a study published in the journal Addiction, there are several reasons why substance use disorders and mental illness occur together.

1. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that people who have developed substance use disorders may also be struggling with undiagnosed mental illnesses that they are self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. This is often referred to as a “dual diagnosis” (substance use disorder and mental illness).

2. several symptoms are common between substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses, including paranoia, depression, feelings of isolation, suicide ideation (or attempts), schizophrenia symptoms like hallucinations or delusions, mania symptoms like irritability or reckless behavior, and symptoms of anxiety disorders. Each of these symptoms can be a problem on its own and can also lead to problems with substance abuse.

3. People may have unresolved symptoms from previous mental illness diagnoses or from an untreated mental illness that was never diagnosed at all. This could cause symptoms of mental illness to show up as people struggle to deal with trauma, coping mechanisms, stress and other issues related to substance abuse

It is important for people dealing with substance use disorders and mental illness to seek proper treatment. If you or someone you know believes that the two may be related, it is a good idea to speak with a medical professional as soon as possible.

Recognizing a Dual Diagnosis

It is important for individuals with substance use disorder and their loved ones to recognize separate problems. It’s a vital part of any substance abuse treatment plan. However, once the spotlight is on the dual diagnosis, there are sometimes more questions than answers about what exactly that means.

Thankfully, for those wondering what constitutes a dual diagnosis or how to recognize it, some general symptoms typically indicate both a substance use disorder and another mental health disorder are present.

There are three different categories for symptoms or syndromes associated with dual diagnosis. The first is people who may have two separate disorders that involve substance abuse and mental health disorder.

The second is those with symptoms that indicate an actual dual diagnosis, such as schizophrenia and substance use disorders, often complicate treatment for the affected individual and the treatment team.

And finally, there is a group of people who may be misdiagnosed with a dual diagnosis because they truly do not have a dual diagnosis at all. This can be frustrating for those who have been told they have a dual diagnosis and struggle to find out why.

To help clarify these issues, here is some information about the more common symptoms that indicate a possible dual diagnosis and some of the most common disorders that result in this type of misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of a possible dual diagnosis include:

– Having two or more medical conditions with separate causes, such as lung cancer and heart disease, requires different treatment plans for recovery.

– Experiencing distressing mood or behavior changes that occur independently rather than in response to either the substance abuse or the mental health disorder, such as irritability with no known cause.

– Having two or more psychiatric disorders that are unrelated, such as schizophrenia and an eating disorder.

You are experiencing a decreased performance at work or school due to substance abuse, even if this is not related to other mental health conditions.

Two or more psychiatric disorders are closely related, such as bipolar disorder and depression or panic disorder and agoraphobia.

People who have actual dual diagnosis typically have combinations of the following symptoms:

– Symptoms for one mental health condition coexisting with another mental health disorder while also exhibiting symptoms of a substance use disorder.

– Symptoms for one mental health condition coexisting with another mental health disorder while also experiencing other symptoms that indicate a possible dual diagnosis, such as the examples listed above.

People who have been misdiagnosed with a dual diagnosis typically have combinations of the following symptoms: 

– Symptoms that indicate a possible dual diagnosis, such as those listed above.

– Symptoms for one mental health condition that appear to worsen due to the presence of another mental health disorder, such as feeling significantly more depressed because of social anxiety.

To determine whether an individual truly has a dual diagnosis or simply experiencing distressing mood or behavior changes unrelated to either of their two conditions, some things should be considered.

  • A diagnosis can only be made based on an individual’s actual symptoms, not because they have a substance use disorder or another mental health condition.
  • Suppose someone has similar or identical psychiatric symptoms as those listed above. In that case, it may be possible that they have a dual diagnosis or that one of their conditions has worsened as a result.
  • Suppose an individual with mental health symptoms begins experiencing distressing mood and behavior changes, and the presence of another mental health condition appear to make no difference in these symptoms. In that case, they likely do not truly have a dual diagnosis.

In some cases, it may be difficult to discern whether an individual has a dual diagnosis or not. If this is the case, further evaluation and testing by a qualified mental health professional can help determine whether there is truly a coexisting substance use disorder and another mental health condition or if these symptoms are simply related to one of the two.

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Substance Use Disorder

People who have a substance use disorder typically experience feelings of depression, guilt, or anxiousness that are severe enough to cause significant emotional distress. They may feel like they cannot control their need for the substance and worry about obtaining more of it.

They also most likely will exhibit social, family, work, or school-related problems resulting from their substance use. These may include keeping secrets or lying about activities due to fear of getting caught with the substance, neglecting family members because they are preoccupied with obtaining and using it, firing employees due to missed work due to intoxication, as well as legal problems as a result of their substance use, such as DUIs.

Mental Health Disorder Symptoms

People who have mental health disorders typically experience mood swings that are severe enough to cause significant emotional distress. With many mental health disorders (although this is not the case with all), there are often periods of feeling sad or down accompanied by difficulty concentrating and making decisions because of anxiety.

They may also be preoccupied with feelings of guilt or shame, making it difficult to attend school or work regularly. These feelings are typically associated with self-injury or thoughts of self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. There also may be feelings of hopelessness that cause them to believe that things will never get better.

They may also experience severe mood swings that occur in response to something that triggers them, such as an anniversary of the death of someone close to them or getting fired from their job. It is important to note that these mood changes are typically temporary and do not usually last for more than two weeks at a time.  

Although people with either a mental health disorder or a substance use disorder may experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, and hopelessness as well as mood swings that do not last for more than two weeks at a time, these symptoms can be due to other causes and need to be assessed by a professional.

Alcoholism and Personality Disorders

It is common for people who have a substance use disorder to also have personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder. These two types of disorders share many characteristics that can make them difficult to diagnose: both involve emotional instability and impulsivity; engaging in self-harming behaviors; and having intense mood swings, anger outbursts, and a lack of empathy for others.

Suppose you think that you might have a dual diagnosis or that someone you know has both of these conditions. In that case, it is important to receive an assessment by a qualified mental health professional who can help determine the extent of their symptoms.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Techniques

The most commonly used treatment techniques for dual diagnosis patients are psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy, problem-solving skills training, and medications. The type of treatment used for each patient depends on their specific needs and the severity of their symptoms.

People who benefit from psychotherapy often receive medication to help control any anxiety they feel in social situations or make them less impulsive. This combination of treatment aims to help the patient change their distorted thinking patterns and behavior, which are part of what makes each disorder difficult to manage on its own.

People with both a substance use disorder and a mood disorder may experience different symptoms related to each condition at different times, making it difficult to know whether they are experiencing symptoms of one disorder or the other.

It is possible for people with a dual diagnosis to reduce their symptoms by sixty percent to ninety percent if they remain actively engaged in treatment. If these individuals also have supportive family members, this can help them stick with their treatment plan and achieve better results.

For those with a dual diagnosis, treatment can be challenging and is often long-term. However, with a supportive family and professional team, many patients can manage their symptoms successfully over time.

Finding the right treatment program

There are many options—inpatient and outpatient, group and individual—and you can speak with your doctor or therapist to find one that suits your needs.

Dual diagnosis treatment techniques typically involve psychotherapy, medications, and support from family members. Many patients can successfully manage their symptoms with a supportive team of mental health professionals and family members.

Other alternatives include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), which are twelve-step programs designed to help individuals change their harmful drinking patterns. Other self-help groups, such as SMART Recovery, can also help patients with substance use disorder maintain abstinence by learning how to manage cravings and avoid triggers.

Many patients can manage their symptoms successfully with the right medications and a supportive team, including family members and mental health professionals.

While there is not yet a universal standard for treating the dual diagnosis, most treatment centers share the goal of helping individuals live more productive lives with fewer consequences related to their substance use disorder.

If you or someone you know has a dual diagnosis, talk with your doctor or therapist about treatment options today.

Self-help for a dual diagnosis

If you are struggling with a substance abuse problem and a mental health condition, it is important to get help. Dual diagnosis treatment can provide you with the support you need to manage both conditions. There are a few things you can do to help yourself when undergoing dual diagnosis treatment:

1. Stay positive. It can be tough to cope with two conditions at once, but it is important to stay positive. Remember that you can and will get better with treatment.

2. Be honest with your doctor and therapist. It is important to be honest with your doctor and therapist about your substance abuse and mental health problems. This will help them provide you with the best possible care.

3. Seek support from loved ones. Talk to your family and friends about both conditions you are dealing with. They want to help you, but they can’t if they don’t know what is going on with you.

4. Take medications as prescribed. If your doctor prescribes any medications for either condition, be sure to take them as directed. This will prevent relapse and reduce your symptoms.

5. Stay on top of your treatment plan. Staying on top of your treatment plan—you are attending therapy sessions, taking medications as prescribed, not using any illicit substances—will help support both conditions and show that you are serious about getting better.

10 Things You Should Know About Dual Diagnosis Treatment

1. Dual diagnosis treatment is a specialized form of addiction treatment that simultaneously addresses both substance abuse and mental health issues.

2. Patients who receive dual diagnosis treatment have a higher chance of successfully recovering from addiction.

3. Dual diagnosis treatment can be expensive, but many resources are available to help patients and their families pay for treatment.

4. Dual diagnosis treatment requires commitment and cooperation from both the patient and their family.

5. Dual diagnosis treatment is not always successful, but it offers patients the best chance of recovering from addiction and mental health issues.

6. Dual diagnosis treatment uses a variety of evidence-based and research-driven therapies and treatments to help patients recover from substance abuse and/or mental health issues, both of which can be co-occurring disorders.

7. Most people with substance abuse or mental health issues do not seek treatment on their own — family members typically play an important role in helping to encourage their loved ones to seek treatment.

8. Patients in dual diagnosis treatment often experience intense feelings of guilt, shame, and self-hatred. Family members need to be there for their loved ones receiving treatment and supportive of them as they work through these emotions.

9. Some of the most common dual diagnosis treatment techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family counseling, and 12-step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

10. Many people have misconceptions about addiction and mental health issues. Dual diagnosis treatment is an important step in overcoming both substance abuse and mental health issues, leading to lasting recovery.

The Takeaway

As you can see, dual diagnosis treatment is an important step in overcoming substance abuse and mental health issues. It’s not easy to do by yourself—you need support from your family members who want the best for you.

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Quantum is New Jersey’s premier outpatient addiction center for rehabilitation and addiction treatment in New Jersey. Outpatient rehab is a broad term that is different from inpatient treatment as it encompasses several different types of substance abuse and substance use disorder treatments, including intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and partial care programs (PCs).

Addiction is a personal experience, and every person who has a substance use disorder has had different experiences. You never know what a person has been through, which is why at Quantum, we believe that providing a safe place for our clients to come, with a calming atmosphere and judgment-free, trauma-informed staff is important.

Some of the most common substances people become addicted to include:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Opioid painkillers and heroin
  • Benzodiazepines and other sedative drugs
  • Amphetamines like Adderall or crystal meth

Signs you may need help for an addiction include:

  • Drinking or using drugs alone, in the morning, or hiding your use from loved ones
  • Feeling guilty about your substance use habits
  • Beginning to lie or steal, or act recklessly while under the influence, or to obtain more of the substance
  • Developing an increased tolerance for the substance or needing to take more to get the same effect
  • Your social activities begin to be all about obtaining, using, and recovering from the substance, and you begin to avoid or miss other social gatherings, hobbies, and events to use the substance
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms when you are not taking the substance, and begin to worry or think a lot about when you can next use it
  • Keeping drugs, paraphernalia, and/or alcohol in stashes around the house, workplace, or on your person
  • Missing or performing poorly at work, school, and other obligations because of substance use
  • Continuing to drink or do drugs even when it causes serious health problems, relationship issues, and/or financial troubles

At Quantum Behavioral Health Services, we customize each patient’s comprehensive rehab program to suit their unique needs and preferences, so that you are getting the care you need through our cost-effective and highly rated partial care day programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient rehab treatment plans.

Whether you are in our program for alcohol rehab, opiate rehab, cocaine rehab, heroin rehab, or rehab for drug abuse with mental health issues, we can help you stop substance misuse, helping you get your life back on track and remain in long-term recovery.

IOP NJ- New Jersey

One of the most popular programs at Quantum treatment centers is our intensive outpatient program (IOP). This is an outpatient program where you can live at home or live inside a sober living residence, keeping your usual schedule with work, school, or childcare, and come in for treatment at our outpatient center for a minimum of nine hours per week.

Every client has unique needs based on factors such as:

  • What substance(s) you are recovering from and whether you were taking several types of drugs and alcohol at one time
  • How long you were using the drugs and/or alcohol, how much you were using at one time, and the amount you were using each time
  • What your physical health is like, as drug and alcohol use can affect the heart, lungs, brain, liver, kidneys, teeth, and your overall wellness
  • Whether you have insurance coverage, what your insurance plan will cover, and how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket
  • What your mental health is like, as co-occurring disorders and comorbid mental health issues are common with addiction
  • Your own personal history with addiction, relapse, and your mindset when it comes to recovery

Because the IOP is created to work around your life, there are several options for times you can come in, including mornings, evenings, and weekends. This way, you do not need to uproot your entire life to get the treatment you need. This type of scheduling is very important for some people who may be at risk of losing their job, child custody, or scholarships for college if they were to go into inpatient rehab for one to three months.

Alcohol & Drug Rehab

Alcohol and drug rehab is a general term for several types of intensive supervised programs that have been created by professional doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and addictions specialists to help people to stop using drugs or alcohol, while providing the tools needed to live a healthy life.

A rehab program usually begins with detoxing. This is the process the body goes through when you stop using the substance(s) you have become physically dependent on. If you have an addiction and cannot stop or cut back on the substance without experiencing withdrawal symptoms, even if they are mild, it is not recommended that you attempt to detox on your own.

The safest and most effective means of detoxing from drugs and alcohol is a medication assisted treatment (MAT) plan for withdrawal management. Checking into a medical detox facility will provide you with 24-hour medical supervision, clinical care, psychiatric care, and some form of therapy and counseling. You will also be given the option to take FDA-approved, prescription medications to help you with the pain, anxiety, stomach issues, discomfort and restlessness associated with withdrawal.

The most important part about medical detox is that your withdrawal symptoms will be managed to keep you safe, and if a serious medical emergency were to come up, doctor’s care would be immediately available to you.

Detox is not where rehab ends. It is only the first stage of a life-long process called recovery. The next step for many people is a 30 to 90 day stay in inpatient rehab, where the patient lives inside a rehab facility 24 hours a day. This is beneficial to those who have cooccurring mental illnesses, physical health problems, or who have serious addictions like a heroin addiction, benzodiazepine addiction, or other opioid drug addiction. The biggest benefit to an inpatient rehab is the safe, sober, structured environment. It will keep the patient away from drugs and alcohol during their most vulnerable time in early recovery.

Not everybody needs to go to inpatient rehab. Some people can move straight from detoxing into outpatient care. Outpatient programs are also recommended as the next step after an inpatient treatment program. These programs vary depending on which institution you go to, but each will likely have these things in common:

  • Medication management and/or medical support
  • Individual therapy and psychiatric care
  • Group therapy
  • Counseling
  • Case management services
  • Integration into sober communities
  • Relapse prevention programs

The patient will remain living at home or move into a sober living facility, and commute into the treatment center for medical and psychiatric appointments, group therapy, one-on-one therapy, and other customized programming.

Rehab programs not only help you become drug- and alcohol-free, but they are designed to help you stay that way, by helping you get the parts of your life back that you may have lost due to substance abuse. This looks different for each person, but some examples include:

  • Learning how to make a resume, apply for jobs, and interview
  • Learning skills like budgeting and time management
  • Family therapy to regain trust and rebuild relationships with your loved ones that may have been damaged by addiction
  • Learning life skills for independent living like personal hygiene, cooking, and cleaning

Outpatient Drug Rehab NJ

Drug rehab is a very broad term for treatments, therapy, and care for a myriad of conditions related to drug abuse, physical dependence on drugs, and drug addiction. Rehab programs throughout the country offer all types of therapy, treatments and programs. Some common treatments include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Experiential therapy
  • One-on-one psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Counseling
  • Trauma-informed therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Educational programs about addiction
  • Life skills and vocational training programs
  • Case management services
  • Relapse prevention programs
  • Physical fitness and exercise programs
  • Holistic therapies like massage, meditation, or acupuncture
  • Connections to local 12-step groups (Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics anonymous) and SMART recovery groups

At Quantum, our team offers:

  • Traditional behavioral therapy
  • Counseling
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • 12-step integration
  • Evidence-based treatments
  • Vivitrol treatments to help with alcohol and opioid relapse prevention

Addiction can be an all-encompassing illness, not only of the brain and body, but of the spirit as well. For this reason, we incorporate 12-step programs that ask participants to relinquish control to a higher power, and we offer alternative treatments like yoga and meditation for a whole-patient spiritual healing that, even if you are not traditionally religious, will increase your overall well-being, promote inner peace, and help you to release unhelpful or painful emotions.

Our evidence-based treatments are all provided by trained, educated, and accredited staff who are knowledgeable in their respective fields. Through individual therapy, group therapy, and behavioral therapy, you will get to the root of your addiction, work through the issues that are on your mind, gain useful recovery tools and strategies, and work through the social aspects of addiction. Recovery is a life-long commitment, so learning relapse prevention skills and coming up with a long-term plan for yourself is a crucial aspect of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Our facility is welcoming and secure, so you will feel safe and comfortable in all treatments.

We provide consistent, on-going contact with your family members and loved ones, ensuring that everybody who is involved in the healing process is informed and on the same page. Creating a social support network for yourself while in recovery is also crucial to your success. Family and couples’ therapy can help you mend relationships with those who were affected by your substance abuse (because addiction affects many more people than just yourself) and will also allow your loved ones to learn more about your addiction and how they can best help you. You will improve communication, work on problematic habits and behaviors like codependency and enablement, strengthen your bonds, and heal old wounds together.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab NJ

Alcohol rehab is the next step to take after alcohol detoxification is complete. Quantum has IOP and partial care day treatment programs, along with long-term outpatient rehab options that can be tailored to meet you wherever you are on your own personal road to recovery. We will not force you to get more treatment than you need, and we will always take your personal comfort and wellness into account, allowing you to increase or decrease the intensity of your program as your needs evolve.

The outpatient program (OP) at Quantum New Jersey rehab is a long-term, ongoing program that is often offered after a patient has completed more intensive detox and rehab treatments, or if the treatment is for a person with a mild addiction with a low risk of relapse and without a co-occurring mental illness or physical health issues that need closer monitoring.

Outpatient alcohol rehab is fewer than nine hours per week of treatment and programs. It is a completely customized program, so your level of care will be determined by your comfort level and your progress in recovery, offering continued support, sober community connections, and therapy for alcohol addiction to help you to stay well long-term. With Quantum, you will always have the addiction support, alcoholism treatments, structure, and care that you need, even months or years down the road if you wish.

Outpatient vs Inpatient Mental Health

Dual diagnosis is a large part of some peoples’ recovery journey. Mental health issues and addiction are often very deeply connected, and treating the underlying cause of both conditions at the same time, in integrated treatment programs is the best way to break the cycle of using substances to control symptoms of mental illness, ultimately becoming even more unwell.

Some of the most common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal tendencies

Some people have a genetic predisposition that leads to addiction and mental illness, and others develop a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes these issues to occur or worsen over time.

Drugs and alcohol can also interfere with prescription medications you are already taking for your mental health, and using substances to mask symptoms of conditions like social anxiety or major depression can cause those issues to worsen. You will lose confidence in your own abilities to handle stress and difficult situations without substance abuse, and you will not gain the coping tools you need to get through stressful times. Drowning your sorrows in alcohol may cause depressive issues to become worse, and using substances to run away from disturbing intrusive thoughts and debilitating trauma will reinforce the avoidance, pushing the issues deeper and strengthening them instead of healing.

Medications may be prescribed as a part of a dual diagnosis treatment to ease symptoms in an appropriate and safe way, along with targeted therapy that will provide strategies and coping methods for symptoms of mental health issues.

There are pros and cons to both inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction rehab centers. With inpatient rehab you will:

  • Have full access to doctors, nurses, and medical staff day and night, 24 hours a day
  • Live full-time inside the facility, with medication management and monitoring to see how your psychiatric medications and health treatments are working for you
  • Have a more structured daily life, with the entire day planned out for you by professionals

With outpatient mental health care, you will:

  • Have the ability to live at home or live in a sober home with the ability to see your friends and family during the days for love and support
  • Get the help you need without having to sacrifice your career, drop out of school, or miss out on important obligations
  • Be able to try out new strategies and tools provided by your therapist, then report back with your findings
  • Have the opportunity to live independently, go to work or school, and take care of life’s responsibilities as you learn to manage your mental health condition safely
  • Have more affordable addiction treatment and care options, as you may not need to pay for full-time housing

If you require a dual diagnosis for a co-occurring mental illness or trauma, you will likely need to be placed into a comprehensive program that integrates traditional therapy with holistic approaches like meditation and psychiatric medication. This type of program is not easy, but with the proper support, treatments, therapy, counseling, and medication, you will be able to manage your symptoms of mental illness, while working through your detox and rehabilitation plan at the same time.

Outpatient Rehab NJ - Alcohol & Drug Rehab

Another form of outpatient rehab we offer at Quantum recovery center along with our IOP and our outpatient rehabilitation programs is the partial care (PC) program. In partial care, you will live at home or in a sober living residence and commute into our treatment center for a minimum of 20 hours per week of treatment.

This program will work best for people who do not require 24-hour psychiatric or medical care, but still wish to access mental health, physical health, and emotional health care services. We provide Vivitrol treatments to help treat alcohol dependence and opioid dependence after detoxification is complete.

Former substance abusers with co-occurring mental health issues may wish to enter this type of program if they are successful in staying on their medications and attending all therapy and treatment programs. These services are offered during the day, so that you will be able to receive the best possible treatment and the most support, as this is when the majority of staff and caregivers are on duty.

Rehab After Work NJ

New Jersey after work rehabs are the perfect solution for people who have responsibilities in life that they cannot ignore. These facilities allow patients who have mild to moderate addictions to continue their lives, maintaining work schedules and their home lives as they also focus on their recovery. Unlike an inpatient rehab center, you do not need to check into a full-time, 24-hour controlled environment. An after-work rehab center is much less restrictive, allowing you the freedom to attend rehab nine or fewer hours per week.

Because outpatient rehab at Quantum drug rehabs was created to work for people who have left residential rehab and for those who could not enter a full-time inpatient drugs and alcohol rehab facility because of important family, career or school commitments, it was made to be flexible enough that you can work or go to school, and then attend rehab afterward. Like many impatient rehab programs, when you enter our after-work rehab, you will be granted access to addiction treatments provided by medically trained professionals, therapists, and addictions experts within a safe environment in which you can focus on your sobriety and the causes of your addiction.

The most common reason a person would choose to go to an after-work rehab program is because of their responsibilities to their families, so for this reason, most of these programs, Quantum included, will allow as much family involvement and support as you would like. Family support will help encourage you and remind you what you are doing this for. There are family therapy sessions and support groups available for loved ones, partners, parents, and friends to attend to ensure your social network remains solid through this difficult time.

Intensive Outpatient Program NJ

The intensive outpatient addiction treatment program for New Jersey residents offers several benefits, including:

  • The freedom to continue going to work, going to school, and living your life the way you want to, as you continue to access the addiction treatments, therapy, structure, community and care you need
  • Continual real-life opportunities to apply the drug and alcohol abuse treatment skills you have learned in the IOP to your daily interactions with people and the world around you, with full support and the ability to debrief and go over possible solutions each time you return to the outpatient treatment center
  • A strong connection to your local sober community through meetings, peer support groups, sports and exercise programs, sober activity centers in New Jersey, and connections you may make during your group therapy sessions

Intensive outpatient programming is an excellent choice for many people looking for a treatment plan that incorporates everyday sober living with long-term strategies and treatment programs that include behavioral therapy, holistic treatments, group therapy, and strong support.

Outpatient Rehab in South Jersey

At Quantum, our New Jersey drug and alcohol treatment facility is a warm and inviting place that you can come to get the help you need. We provide a safe, comfortable, private, and inviting environment that is low stress, so you can focus on your own healing and continue on your path to wellness. We treat drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and dual diagnosis, integrating all therapy and care into one comprehensive program that will be molded to best suit your preferences, needs, and life goals.

If you are from out of state, you may wish to travel to New Jersey to access treatment. Traveling for outpatient rehab offers positive benefits to patients like:

  • Making it easier to maintain your privacy, especially if you are from a small or close-knit community, or if you are a well-known individual in your area
  • Traveling to South Jersey will provide you with the feeling of getting a new lease on life, with a fresh start and a new beginning
  • You may receive a better quality of treatment at Quantum than you would in your hometown
  • It will put a physical distance between yourself and the people, places, and usual circumstances that may trigger a relapse
  • You will be away from life’s routines and the everyday stresses that come with being at home

Addiction can take away a person’s hope for the future and we aim to reinspire each of our clients, providing you with the tools, skills, and coping mechanisms that will inspire you to embrace life once again by treating the physical, psychological, and social components of substance use disorders.

Why Choose Quantum for Rehab After Work - Outpatient, IOP, or Partial Care Treatment

When you choose Quantum for your outpatient rehab, intensive outpatient program and partial care, you are choosing a facility where your individual needs are put first. We believe that a combination of evidence-based treatments along with holistic care for substance abuse and substance use disorders, for a whole-patient approach to healing is the best way to attain long-term sobriety. You are not just an addiction that needs to be managed, you are a whole person, with your own thoughts, preferences, experiences, and history. Getting to the underlying causes of addiction is as important as treating the physical symptoms of drug or alcohol dependence.

Our phone number is (609) 993-0733. When you call, the person on the phone will ask you a series of questions, and will have a conversation with you about your recovery goals and what you require out of our program. We have a streamlined process that will help us get to know about you and your needs, so we can tailor a customized program to your unique needs. Once you are accepted, you will come into the center and meet your care team and get started, so you can move into recovery as quickly as possible. Contact the Quantum Behavioral Health Services treatment center today to verify insurance coverage, to ask questions about rehab, or to get started on your journey today.

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