Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Leaders Join Forces for a Solution to Growing Co-Occurring Disorders Crisis

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Hazelden has joined forces with the leaders in behavioral health, mental health, and addiction treatment to advance a model of integrated treatment as the solution to the growing co-occurring disorders crisis.

Whether it's depression, anxiety, or more severe mental illnesses that are complicating addiction, we know that our clients' recoveries depend on our ability to treat both disorders at the same time, with the same team.

Hazelden has joined forces with the leaders in behavioral health, mental health, and addiction treatment to advance a model of integrated treatment as the solution to the growing co-occurring disorders crisis.

Focus on Integrated Recovery is a collaboration between Hazelden, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and Westbridge Community Services. The group has taken action to define the model for integrated treatment delivery and provide information and resources for its successful implementation across treatment organizations. Educational information, events, and resources, including the full line of comprehensive, evidence-based programs for the integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders published through the Hazelden-Dartmouth PRC joint imprint, are available on the group’s website.

Published jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), The Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP) have shown that 50-75% of all clients receiving treatment for a substance use disorder are also living with a separate diagnosable mental health disorder. Of all psychiatric clients with a mental health disorder, 25-50% have also had a substance use disorder at some point in their lives.

According to the 2006 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 5.6 million adults in the United States have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and are more likely to be hospitalized, violent, incarcerated, or homeless. Traditional treatment models for mental health and addiction disorders exist separately--translating to ineffective care that is twice the cost for individuals who have co-occurring disorders.

"Here at Hazelden, just as at most every other treatment center in the country, we're seeing a higher percentage of clients present with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Whether it's depression, anxiety, or more severe mental illnesses that are complicating addiction, we know that our clients' recoveries depend on our ability to treat both disorders at the same time, with the same team. We're thrilled to be a part of this leadership group bringing a much-needed focus to Integrated Recovery," said Marv Seppala, Chief Medical Officer, Hazelden.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, Executive Director of NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals said, "It is vital in this new era of integrated services with addiction and mental health that our professionals are educated and informed of the technologies related to co-occurring disorders. This partnership in integrated treatment brings the best of educational technologies, resources, and outreach to addiction and other helping professionals."

The Focus on Integrated Recovery group has taken action to define the model for integrated treatment delivery and provide information and resources for its successful implementation across treatment organizations. Educational information, events, and resources are available on their website, integratedrecoverynow.org.

Behavioral Health Evolution is sponsored by Hazelden. A private, not-for-profit organization, Hazelden helps people transform their lives by providing the best addiction treatment and recovery services as well as education, research, and publishing products available today.

Behavioral Health Evolution provides access to free webinars on interventions for co-occurring disorders. Clinicians can find free, public-domain screening tools, free educational handouts and fact sheets for clients, articles, and book excerpts. Members of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center provide valuable insights into implementing evidence-based practices in their regular column.

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