Journey Healing Centers Reports 95% Dual Diagnosis Treatment: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

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Journey Healing Centers ( reports 95% of their drug and alcohol treatment clients receive a customized Dual Diagnosis program, which addresses both addictions and mental illness. According to the New York Times, 60% of people with a substance abuse disorder also suffer from mental illness. This additional complexity is often overlooked by the 27 million Americans dealing with addiction (SAMHSA), and is an important part of Journey Healing Centers customized treatment and long-term success rate.

With Charlie Sheen returning to the media spotlight (Emmys, Tonight Show, Today Show and Comedy Central) to discuss his wild spring rant, Journey Healing Centers (drug and alcohol treatment centers) can summarize it in two words – Dual Diagnosis. 95% of of Journey Healing Centers’ clients receive Dual Diagnosis (substance abuse and mental disorder) treatment focused on holistic healing for the mind, body and soul. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study, people with mental health problems are nearly three times as likely to have an addictive disorder as those without. Journey Healing Centers’ customized holistic treatment may include evaluating diet and nutrition, yoga therapy, equine therapy, art therapy, and more. All alumni and family members receive free aftercare for life to ensure a continuous support system.

Because most media coverage focuses on addiction, there is a great need to educate people on how mental illness treatment is often critical during the substance abuse recovery process. Lisa Lannon, Co-Founder of Journey Healing Centers, reveals, “We have found that 95% of our clients have an underlying disorder with anxiety and depression being the top 2. Most clients are on some form of medication when they come into treatment or deserve a stabilizing medication during treatment while we address the challenges of substance abuse and the underlying disorder. The goal is to treat the underlying issue so they do not leave treatment on any anti-anxiety meds like Xanax or other medications.” People who self-medicate by using alcohol or drugs to reduce anxiety are also at a higher risk of substance abuse, according to a new study by Canadian Researchers who reviewed the data in a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism survey.

With the number of Americans using illegal drugs reaching 22.6 million or 8.9 percent of the population in 2010, according to a new government survey, it’s even more critical that Dual Diagnosis treatment be considered for individuals fighting additions. Overall, the top three drugs currently being abused include: 1. Alcohol, 2. Marijuana and 3. Prescription Drugs. This drug use rise is largely driven by an increase in marijuana use, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA.) The study found 17.4 million Americans were using marijuana in 2010 compared to 14.4 million in 2007. Another alarming statistic is 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written in 2010, compared with 231 million in 2006 (IMS Health), which is adding to the problem.

On top of the complexities of a Dual Diagnosis, time is a big factor in the success of clients. “When a client is considering treatment the first question that they, or their loved one, ask is does your program work? The answer is simple. The clients who stay in treatment longer, either residential or outpatient, are far more successful than those who leave after 28 days,” says Jaime Vinck, Journey Healing Centers Clinical Director. Lisa Lannon, added, “The longer a person can stay in treatment and work on both the substance abuse and dual challenges, the better success they will have when they go home. Taking the time to just focus on themselves allows clients to look deep inside where outside distractions can sometimes prohibit the healing process. Clients will go home and they have changed, but most of the time their environment hasn’t. Longer treatment gives them the opportunity to anchor in the tools they deserve to deal with life when it starts happening again.” When seeking help for a loved one dealing with addiction, it is essential to consider mental health impacts and Dual Diagnosis treatment plans to get loved ones back long-term.

Journey Healing Centers operates drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona and Utah, and has been featured on MTV's Gone Too Far, PBS, ABC News 15 Phoenix, Fox 10 Phoenix, ABC 4 Salt Lake City, AZ Family Phoenix,,, Psychology Today and in People Magazine. Journey Healing Centers has supported thousands dealing with addictions through Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Sober Living Homes, Aftercare, Sobriety for Life Program and a Free 24-Hour Hotline with Addiction Specialists: 1-866-774-5119 or visit:

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Liz Brown


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