Integrated Treatment addresses the multiple needs of individuals who have been diagnosed with both a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health disorder. The program provides therapeutic interventions, psychiatric services, and medication management.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 36% of adults suffering from a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. SAMHSA reports that less than 8% of these individuals receive treatment for both conditions, with nearly 56% receiving no treatment at all.
Integrated Treatment is targeted towards people who do not meet the criteria for Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS), but who need more than what "standard" treatment programs can provide. Clients explore the issues affecting their daily lives and are taught ways to successfully address them. Through education, they obtain increased knowledge regarding the effects and consequences of continued substance use, increased insight into their specific mental health issues, and the importance of medication compliance. They learn to identify triggers to symptom relapse and acquire coping strategies to reduce these symptoms, with the ultimate goal being a better quality of life.
This program utilizes Kenneth Minkoff's model of services for persons with co-occurring disorders, which is an integrated, comprehensive model that addresses both substance use and psychiatric symptoms, concurrently, in a welcoming environment.