Balance, a specialized program treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
Do you struggle with both addiction to drugs or alcohol and other mental health concerns, like anxiety, depression, trauma, or borderline personality disorder? If so, you are not alone.
Over nine million Americans are found to have a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder and another mental health disorder. Dealing with them both together can be extremely difficult, but there is a solution. Recovery Centers of America is here to help with Balance, a specialized addiction treatment program tailored to individualizes with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
You are not alone.
Find recovery and relief from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders at Recovery Centers of America
By treating your substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorders together, you can find relief from your mental suffering and embark on the path to recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Recovery Centers of America has created the Balance program to help you do just that.
Balance is a dual diagnosis treatment program offered across inpatient and outpatient settings. This means that while we are primarily a substance abuse treatment facility, we do treat some co-occurring disorders if your primary diagnosis is substance-related. The program is designed to assist patients dealing with substance use disorder and at least one of the following:
- Major depressive disorder
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar, or manic-depressive disorder
- Significant history of interpersonal conflict/disrupted relationships
- History of suicidal ideation
- Borderline personality traits
- History of trauma
To help you overcome struggles with addiction and mental health, Balance will help you develop skills to manage your thoughts, emotions and actions; reduce and manage overwhelming and emotionally intense situations; and improve your quality of life and general well-being.
Heal yourself through acceptance, balance and change
While in Balance, you will be with peers who are also committed to treating their addiction and mental health. You will be guided every step of the way by expert medical and clinical professionals to help you on your path to freedom.
We offer flexible inpatient and outpatient options including:
- Inpatient: A primary aim of the inpatient group will be to equip you with an immediate ability to manage painful emotions and urges, whether to use substances or engage in self-harm and other behaviors that do not contribute to a life worth living.
- Outpatient: A longer-term and robust program that teaches you how to apply skills to real-life situations and stressors. The focus is on learning to manage cravings and urges that result in negative consequences, control responses to frustration, skillfully navigate painful emotions and develop better overall well-being.
Our approach: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
To treat your addiction and mental health concerns together, Balance employs Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a therapeutic approach that has proven effective over time in treating these dual diagnosis disorders. The overall goal of DBT is to help you balance your thoughts, emotions and actions. You will learn how to identify and correct distorted patterns in thought, regulate your emotions, act in healthy, productive ways, and interact effectively with others. The goal is to help you achieve recovery from substance use disorder and improve your mental health.
The four major components of the DBT approach to co-occurring disorders consist of:
In the mindfulness component of the program you will learn how to identify and describe events accurately, both in the external world and in your private mental experience; engage in life without constant insecurity and persistent unease; cultivate concentration and powers of attention; develop a non-judgmental stance; and focus on doing what is effective in life.
In the distress tolerance portion of the program, you will build crisis survival skills, so you’ll know how to make it through moments of crisis or distress without engaging in problematic behaviors. Some of these specific skills include slowing response time, re-focusing attention, accepting mind and body, calming the self and making wise decisions.
The focus in this part of the program is helping you deal with others in healthy, effective ways. Toward this end, you will build your capacity to ask questions, voice opinions and say no; determine how to weigh your goals with the value of your relationships and the need for self-respect; avoid extremes of thought, emotion and action; change destructive patterns of interpersonal behavior.
This section centers on understanding emotions—what they are, what they do for you and how to use them effectively. You will learn how to change your emotions, when they are ineffective, unwanted, excessive or untimely; to accept your emotions, experiencing them tolerably; to reduce your vulnerability to negative emotions, including creating a life with pleasant events, both short- and long-term, as well as taking care of your body to protect your emotional well-being.
In addition to this approach, you will receive holistic treatment sensitive to mental, physical and spiritual enrichment, including:
- Meditation and mindfulness
- Medication management
- Psychiatric care
- Individual therapy
- Exercise, wellness and nutrition coaching
- Art and music therapy
- 12-Step immersion
- Family Involvement and support
- A seamless transition to outpatient programs for continued recovery support, in-person and virtual
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a primary diagnosis of substance use disorder (SUD) and meet the criteria for at least one of the mental health disorders listed above (borderline personality traits, depression, anxiety, suicidality, etc.), then you are eligible to enroll in dual diagnosis addiction treatment at a participating Recovery Centers of America inpatient (residential) facility, outpatient location, or virtually through telehealth.
Participation in the program is voluntary, and also requires an interview with an on-site clinician. If you haven’t been diagnosed with one of these mental health disorders before coming to Recovery Centers of America, this interview will determine the appropriateness of your enrollment in the program.
Balance is included within the cost of inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment at Recovery Centers of America.
The overall program is designed to be completed in 3-4 weeks of inpatient/residential care. For digital/outpatient treatment, the typical program commitment is 6 months, with an option to re-commit for an additional 6 months.
You begin treatment in Balance in either inpatient or outpatient, and continue with the outpatient option following the inpatient option.