Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

Research by SAMSHA shows that treating addiction and mental conditions simultaneously provides the best outcomes. At Cumberland Heights, we offer comprehensive care that effectively treats addiction and the mental health conditions that accompany a substance use disorder.

Addiction rarely occurs on its own. Often, someone struggling with a substance use disorder is also battling a mental health condition. A person with both diagnoses is said to have a co-occurring disorder. This means that the two conditions are present and affect each other.

Who We Treat

Cumberland Heights provides support for an array of co-occurring disorders. Our expert clinicians provide sophisticated care that treats the symptoms of:

We have treated people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions for years. In this time, our team members have developed criteria that help us determine who can most benefit from our center. We don’t look at labels or diagnoses; instead, our whole-person assessment considers your personal history, current presentation, safety and ability to engage in our programming.

Cumberland Heights is most beneficial for those with a primary substance use disorder who are also experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. During the admissions process, we will let you know whether we recommend another program more suited to your individual needs.

Our Modalities: How We Treat Co-Occurring Disorders

At Cumberland Heights, our counselors combine a variety of proven therapeutic approaches. The specific therapies recommended for each client vary based on that person’s specific needs. Our modalities include:

Traditional talk therapy. This is probably what you think of when someone mentions counseling: one-on-one conversations that help you to explore your emotions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, person-centered therapy, strengths-based therapy, somatic experiencing (SomEx), seeking safety and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are all examples of our talk therapy techniques. Some of these approaches can also be used in group settings.

Group therapy. We have found that sharing one’s feelings and experiences in a guided group setting can reduce isolation and improve outcomes. Cumberland Heights offers 12-step facilitation and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills group, along with more informal support group meetings.

Hands-on experiences. For some of our clients, adventure is the best way to unpack difficult emotions. We offer experiential treatments like art therapy, music therapy and adventure-based counseling for those who prefer this approach.

Family therapy. Addiction and co-occurring disorders affect the entire family, not just the person in our care. Cumberland Heights’ structured family therapy services help the entire unit overcome denial, improve communication and repair relationships.

Person-Centered Care for Co-Occurring Disorders

To provide the best possible treatment for clients with co-occurring disorders, Cumberland Heights has assembled a team of clinical experts. Our staff includes a psychiatrist, two psychiatric nurse practitioners and many master’s-level mental health and addiction counselors. Other resources include social workers, marriage and family therapists and addiction medicine specialists.

Our methods are rooted in industry best practices and cutting-edge research. Thanks to our extensive outcomes research, we have successfully documented the effectiveness of our treatment for co-occurring disorders. Here are just a few examples of our results.

  • On average, clients reported a 68% decrease in depression symptoms one year after discharge.
  • They also experienced a 63% reduction in anxiety symptoms.

On top of these mental health improvements, those surveyed reported a 74% drop in cravings one year after discharge. Those who remain engaged in the full continuum of care are less likely to require readmission and more likely to continue abstaining from drugs and alcohol.

A Refuge for Those with Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

At Cumberland Heights, we’ve seen, heard and treated it all. We’ve worked with men and women who began to lean on substances because of mental health issues. We’ve also helped those with substance-induced mental disorders to find lasting recovery. No matter how you got to this point, help is available.

Contact our admissions team to learn more about our comprehensive, effective treatment for co-occurring disorders in Tennessee.

Why is it so meaningful to give to Cumberland Heights?

Your gift to Cumberland Heights through our annual and capital initiates gives immediate support to patients and their families. To make a longer term impact a gift to the endowment fund will provide patient assistance funding for years to come.

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