Destination Hope Women's Program Discusses the Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment During Mental Health Awareness Month

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South Florida Substance Abuse Treatment Center for Women looks beyond the symptoms of addiction to successfully treat women battling substance addiction.

Destination Hope Women's Program

Destination Hope Women's Program

With our experienced medical professionals and integrated treatment working to get to the root cause of dual diagnosis, we are giving women a clear path to success.

Destination Hope: The Women’s Program, a nationally recognized gender specific substance abuse treatment and alcohol rehab for women facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month by highlighting the impact of dual diagnosis treatment. Dual diagnosis is a condition where an individual suffers from substance abuse and an underlying mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.

Evidence shows that many women who struggle with addiction are also dealing with co-occurring mental health disorders. The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.

“The general rule of 30, 60, or 90-day treatment programs does not always apply in the case of dual diagnosis treatment,” said Ben Brafman, chief executive officer and founder of Destination Hope and Destination Hope: The Women’s Program. “We need to treat the whole woman, not just the symptoms of her addiction. To do this, we recognized the need for specific treatment programs.”

Destination Hope: The Women’s Program offers a special gender-specific dual diagnosis treatment program. Women are more than twice as likely to experience depression and anxiety as men, and 90 percent of eating disorder cases involve women. When coupled with a substance addiction, doctors and therapists find themselves facing a unique situation that requires comprehensive treatment.

“Women are faced with unique issues that require an integrated treatment program. At Destination Hope, we treat the mental health disorder and substance abuse at the same time,” said Brafman, a 20-year veteran of the behavioral health field. “We look at her family situation, possible past experiences with abuse, work environment, whatever it takes to develop an individualized treatment program.”

According to NAMI, dual diagnosis treatment is still not widely available to the public. In many cases, only one of the two problems is diagnosed because mental health services are not often designed to cater to substance addiction and vice-versa. By creating a program that addresses both problems, trained specialists can work with a woman to treat both of her afflictions, thereby increasing her chances for recovery.

“With our experienced medical professionals and integrated treatment working to get to the root cause of dual diagnosis, we are giving women a clear path to success,” said Brafman. “By giving women the skills to cope with both their mental illness and their substance addiction, we help put them in a better position to achieve long-lasting recovery.”

Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service addiction, drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for women suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Treatment programs include: drug rehab, alcohol rehab, outpatient rehab, dual diagnosis therapy, family therapy programs, prescription drug rehab aftercare and women’s health programs to treat depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Destination Hope: The Women’s Program and its partner program, Destination Hope, provide gender specific therapy in an intimate treatment environment. For more information on the center or substance abuse and addiction treatment, please go to

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