Treating co-occurring disorders in teens 12-17 years old

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Teens in Idaho

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30–45% of teens with mental health disorders also have a substance use disorder

Anxiety and depression often show up as symptoms when someone is experiencing substance use withdrawal. However, they could be more than symptoms of withdrawal. They may be independent mental health conditions coexisting with addiction. When such issues appear together, we refer to them as co-occurring disorders.

Teens who are already struggling with mental health challenges are particularly vulnerable to developing a co-occurring disorder, which puts them at greater risk of substance use problems. Sadly, finding treatment that tackles both issues together is more difficult than it should be.

However, there’s a ray of hope. At Avery’s House Idaho, we’ve developed a dual diagnosis program that addresses both addiction and underlying mental health conditions.

Tamara Helfer

Medical Director – Avery’s House Idaho

A Haven for Healing and Support

Teenage dual diagnosis residential treatment

Some dual diagnosis treatment centers in Idaho have a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. However, at Avery’s House, we offer specialized mental health treatment tailored to the unique needs of teenagers. Our skilled team of adolescent mental health professionals excels at evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including dual diagnoses. 

We’re committed to providing every adolescent who walks through our doors with the individualized, compassionate care they deserve. To help us do that, we’ve created a safe, inclusive, and nonjudgmental space. Our inclusive LGBTQA+ environment ensures that all teens, regardless of background or identity, will feel secure and supported as they begin or continue treatment. 

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Does my child need teenage dual diagnosis treatment?

If you think your teenager might be suffering from a co-occurring disorder, consider seeking professional help. Only qualified mental health professionals, such as clinicians, can diagnose this condition.

However, as a parent or guardian, you play a vital role because you’ll probably be the first to detect early signs or changes in your teenager’s behavior. Prompt recognition of these symptoms and timely intervention are crucial for providing your child with the necessary support and care.

At Avery’s House, we specialize in assessing and treating teenagers with a dual diagnosis. Our team of experienced professionals understands the complexity of these disorders and how they can impact a young person’s life. We offer a comprehensive approach that addresses both mental health conditions and any co-occurring issues.  

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Identifying signs of substance abuse in teens

It’s not always easy to tell the difference between substance abuse and mental health disorders because their symptoms overlap. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for: 

  • Social withdrawal or isolation: If your teen is suddenly less interested in spending time with family or friends, it could be a red flag.
  • Irritability, agitation, or aggression: Noticeable changes in mood or behavior, including increased irritability or agitation, can be signs of substance abuse.
  • Borrowing or stealing money or valuables: If you notice that money or valuables are missing or that your teen frequently asks for large amounts of money, it might be a sign of a substance problem. 
  • Denial: Teens struggling with substance abuse often deny they have a problem, even when confronted with evidence.
  • Sleep pattern changes: Pay attention to significant changes in sleeping habits, such as sleeping too much or too little.
  • Skipping school, activities, or work: A sudden lack of interest in school, extracurricular activities, or part-time jobs can be a sign of substance abuse. 
  • Demanding more privacy: If your teen is suddenly very secretive, insisting on more privacy than usual, or habitually locking doors, it might be cause for concern. 
  • Suicidal ideation or attempts: Suicidal thoughts or behaviors require immediate attention.
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What causes adolescent substance abuse?

Teen substance abuse stems from a complex mix of factors. To understand this better, let’s explore some critical risk factors that lead teens toward substance misuse:

  • Untreated mental health disorders: Teens struggling with untreated mental health issues are at a higher risk of turning to substance use as a coping mechanism.
  • Genetic factors: A family history of substance abuse or mental health disorders can increase susceptibility in teens.
  • Early substance use: The younger a teen starts experimenting with substances, the greater the risk of developing a substance use disorder. 
  • Early life stress: Prolonged stress or stressful events in early childhood can contribute to substance abuse during the teen years.
  • Trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): Traumatic experiences or other adverse events during childhood significantly elevate the risk of substance misuse .
  • Social pressure or influence: Peer pressure or the desire to fit in can lead teens to experiment with substances.
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Treatment for co-occurring disorders at Avery’s House

At Avery’s House, our skilled mental health professionals will work closely with you and your child to set goals. Then, we’ll develop a treatment plan focused on your child’s needs. Our teen dual diagnosis program also includes 

  • Training in coping skills for effective management of mental health symptoms
  • Support groups to connect with peers facing similar challenges 
  • Teaching families how to support their loved ones through recovery
  • Comprehensive medication management for those who need it 
  • Life skills training to foster greater independence and self-sufficiency 

Therapeutic services offered as part of the adolescent co-occurring disorder treatment program

Our dual diagnosis residential treatment program services include

  • Child psychologist services
  • Case management
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Weekly individual sessions
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Art therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
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