Co-Occurring Disorders: The Burning Tree Solution

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Burning Tree a long term treatment center in Texas announces the increase in the need for integrated treatment for those persons with a co-occurring disorder.

Burning Tree announces, as addiction specialists at a renowned long-term rehabilitation facility in Texas, encountering an increased need in integrated services for individuals experiencing both substance abuse issues and mental health disorders. While many facilities are ill-prepared to respond to it, Burning Tree has found a niche in providing services simultaneously to treat these disorders in people from all 50 states. The complexity of a co-occurring disorder presents a unique challenge and requires particular care at the onset of treatment.

At Burning Tree, a “dual diagnosis” allows addiction specialists to create a treatment plan that addresses substance abuse and mental health and well-being. For individuals who have tried to end dependency in the past, this dual diagnosis is a critical difference. The failure of past rehabilitation attempts may be attributed in part to the likelihood that one disorder got attention over the other. In many cases, the substance abuse may have received attention while an underlying mental disorder was neglected.

Through the process of treatment for co-occurring disorders at Burning Tree, an individual can understand how each disorder developed independently and how one may have influenced the development of the other. For example, a person with a mental health problem first may have turned to substance abuse later as a means of self-medication. Individuals who first abuse drugs or alcohol may later develop mental health issues after their behavior triggers a series of self-destructive episodes, such as lost jobs, failed relationships and financial crises.

For someone with co-occurring disorders, the risk of compromised life skills is greater and the chance for recovery is lower. But integrated services at Burning Tree aim to help an individual make progress in both areas while receiving all services necessary to finish treatment and begin recovery. The services are coordinated with respect to each other, and unlike receiving treatment from different outside sources, skills learned in one area do not contradict skills learned in another area of treatment and sober living at the long-term residential facility.

The duration of treatment for co-occurring disorders is another essential aspect of the Burning Tree success rate in this area. The long-term residential program allows comorbid individuals the time to develop, adopt and test a relapse prevention plan while engaged in ongoing psychological therapy. The round-the-clock monitoring and full program participation allow the treatment team to modify treatment as necessary and address challenges and relapses as they occur.

Admissions representatives at Burning Tree will make an initial assessment regarding the potential for diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders. Placement at one of two facilities in Texas, outside of Dallas and Austin, can then be determined. More information and resources can be obtained online at or by phone at 866-287-2877.


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Michael Smith