What to Expect in Colorado Inpatient Dual Diagnosis

More than half the people in Colorado struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD) also have a mental health disorder.1 These numbers are higher than the national average, but fortunately, there is an effective treatment for co-occurring disorders in Colorado. It’s called dual diagnosis treatment, which addresses mental health and substance use disorders simultaneously in a coordinated approach, considered best practice. In Mile High Recovery Center’s Colorado dual diagnosis treatment program, evidence-based treatment is provided by experienced professional clinicians.

If you have questions about inpatient dual diagnosis in Colorado, contact Mile High Recovery Center. Our staff is ready to help you sort through the options for you or a loved one if you know or suspect co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Call 303-268-2144 or complete this online form.

When Addiction and Mental Health Disorders Co-Occur

It is prevalent for mental health disorders to co-occur with a SUD. Almost 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. Addiction affects mental health by making changes within the brain that put you at greater risk of developing a mental health issue. The stress of addiction can trigger mental health symptoms to which you may have predispositions. If you have an SUD, you know that day-to-day life can be tumultuous and challenging. Addiction puts you at greater risk of traumatic situations that can severely impact your mental health.

Just as commonly, an underlying mental health disorder may have led you to turn to substances to mute the disturbing and painful symptoms. This is called self-medication, and though it may seem to help for a short time, substance abuse ends up making things worse. The two disorders exacerbate one another and mean that your treatment team must consider your dual diagnosis when you seek rehab.

Colorado Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Expectations

It doesn’t matter what type of dual diagnosis case you have, whether it is opioid addiction and anxiety, alcoholism and OCD, or cocaine addiction and depression. An effective inpatient dual diagnosis program must be able to provide coordinated care individualized for your needs.
Three steps you can expect when you begin recovery at a dual diagnosis program are the following.


This is when your entire medical, addiction, and mental health history is taken. This will factor into your treatment plan immediately if you have an already-diagnosed mental health disorder. Sometimes a co-occurring mental health issue is discovered once you begin rehab, in which case your treatment team will pivot immediately to dual diagnosis treatment.

Medical Detox

Medically supervised detox is the best practice for helping anyone with a SUD go through withdrawal. It is crucial if there is a dual diagnosis. A medical team will monitor your withdrawal with your mental health status always front of mind. Medications and therapies will be available throughout detox to help mitigate symptoms and support you. You will segue seamlessly from detox right to inpatient rehab.

Evidence-Based Therapies

When your treatment plan is created, the team in charge will consider a range of effective therapies. Dialectical behavior therapy is very effective for addiction and mental health disorders.

Most importantly, you can expect high-level care. In an inpatient program, you will have round-the-clock care and support as you navigate recovery while addressing your mental health needs.

Benefits of Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Mile High Recovery Center

Denver is prioritizing addiction and mental health. Denver Health’s Substance Abuse Treatment, Education, and Prevention program focuses on youth, mental health, and addiction prevention.2 Some of the benefits of receiving top-notch inpatient dual diagnosis care at Mile High include:

  • Successful recovery outcomes
  • Improved mental health
  • Greater quality of life
  • Increased commitment to recovery

Mile High Recovery Center is part of Denver’s solution to addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Learn More About Inpatient Programs at Mile High Recovery Center

Let Mile High Recovery Center help you get your life back. Reach out today for information about our inpatient dual diagnosis in Colorado. You can connect with a staff member by completing this online form or calling 303-268-2144.


1SAMHSA – The NSDUH Report Metro Brief: Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area
2The Denver Post – Denver Health program helps young people reduce drug use — with a focus on mental health

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