Dual Diagnosis residential Programs

Explore Dual Diagnosis Residential Programs at Mile High Recovery

Struggling with both an addiction and mental health? Mile High Recovery Center's dual diagnosis residential programs offer specialized care.

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis refers to the condition where an individual is struggling with both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental health disorder at the same time. Around 21.5 million adults in the U.S. have a dual diagnosis at any given time.1
Studies have also shown that people with mental health disorders are more likely to experience substance use disorders compared to the general population.2
This overlap makes it essential to address both conditions during treatment.
Dual Diagnosis residential Programs

Interaction of Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders often interact in complex ways. Substance misuse can worsen the symptoms of mental health disorders. Similarly, mental health issues can increase the risk of developing SUD.
This interplay creates a cycle that can be difficult to break without integrated treatment. Effective treatment must address both conditions simultaneously to help individuals achieve lasting recovery.

The Need for Integrated Treatment Approaches

By using comprehensive methods that address all aspects of an individual’s health, dual diagnosis residential programs provide a more effective path to recovery.
Dual diagnosis residential programs often offer a high level of care and support, making them a critical option for many individuals.

Unique Challenges of Dual Diagnosis Disorders

Individuals with both addiction and mental health disorders face a higher risk of relapse due to the higher risk of relapse.

Complexity of Treatment Needs

People with dual diagnosis have more complex treatment needs compared to those with only one disorder. Treating addiction alone is challenging, but when combined with a mental health disorder, the treatment requires a multifaceted approach.

This complexity necessitates comprehensive and integrated care plans that can address all aspects of a person’s health and well-being.


Stigma is another significant challenge for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Society often views addiction and mental health issues negatively, leading to feelings of shame and isolation for those affected.
This stigma can prevent individuals from seeking the help they need and can negatively impact their recovery journey.

Importance of Concurrent Treatment

To achieve successful recovery outcomes, it is crucial to address both addiction and mental health disorders at the same time. Treating only one of the disorders can lead to incomplete recovery and a higher chance of relapse.
Integrated treatment approaches in dual diagnosis residential programs ensure that both conditions are treated concurrently, providing a more effective and comprehensive path to recovery.
Studies have shown that dual diagnosis patients had higher rates of abstinence and improved psychiatric symptoms when going through dual diagnosis treatment.3

The Integrated Approach of Dual Diagnosis Residential Programs

At Mile High Recovery Center (MHRC), dual diagnosis residential programs use an integrated treatment approach to address both addiction and mental health disorders simultaneously.
This approach ensures that each client’s unique needs are met with a comprehensive and coordinated care plan, providing a solid foundation for long-term recovery. Our approach combines:

Evidence-Based Therapies

These therapies have undergone rigorous scientific testing and have proven effective in treating both conditions.
Some examples include:

Holistic Modalities

These practices address a person’s overall well-being, fostering a healthier lifestyle that supports recovery.

Tailored Treatment Plans

Treatment plans are individualized based on a thorough assessment of a person’s specific needs and circumstances. This ensures both the addiction and the mental health condition are addressed concurrently.

Addressing Underlying Issues

The combined approach in dual diagnosis residential programs aims to equip individuals with the skills and support systems needed to manage their mental health, resist cravings in the long term, and build a fulfilling life in recovery.

Evidence-Based Therapies for Dual Diagnosis

There are several evidence-based therapies that we may utilize in our dual diagnosis residential programs, such as:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns that contribute to their addiction and mental health issues. By addressing these thoughts, clients can develop healthier coping strategies and improve their overall well-being.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT combines cognitive-behavioral techniques alongside mindfulness practices. It helps clients manage emotions, reduce self-destructive behaviors, and improve relationships.
This therapy is particularly effective for those with borderline personality disorder and other complex conditions.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT involves the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat substance use disorders. Medications can help manage withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and prevent relapse. This makes it easier for clients to focus on their recovery.

Outdoor Adventure Therapy

This therapy uses outdoor activities to promote physical and emotional healing. Activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and camping help clients build confidence, reduce stress, and develop teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Equine Therapy

Working with horses can provide therapeutic benefits for individuals with dual diagnosis. Equine therapy helps clients develop:4
  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Emotional regulation skills 
The bond between client and horse can also promote a sense of responsibility and self-worth.

Holistic Wellness Opportunities in Dual Diagnosis Residential Programs

Dual diagnosis residential programs at Mile High Recovery Center recognize the importance of treating the whole person, not just the symptoms.
In addition to evidence-based therapies, we incorporate holistic modalities to promote overall well-being, reduce stress, and enhance emotional regulation in individuals with co-occurring disorders.
Here are some examples of holistic therapies we offer:

Yoga and Meditation

These practices promote relaxation, mindfulness, and self-awareness. They can be helpful for managing stress, anxiety, and cravings associated with addiction.5

Art Therapy

Art therapy provides a safe space for individuals to express themselves creatively. It can be a powerful tool for exploring emotions, managing stress, and developing coping mechanisms.

Music Therapy

Music therapy utilizes music listening, creation, and performance to improve emotional well-being and communication skills. It can be a source of relaxation, enjoyment, and emotional expression for individuals with dual diagnosis.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy includes various activities to improve physical, emotional, and social well-being. These activities help clients find joy and purpose in sober living while developing healthy hobbies and interests.

Comprehensive Recovery at Mile High Recovery Center

By incorporating these holistic modalities alongside traditional therapies, dual diagnosis residential programs create a well-rounded approach to recovery.
This can empower individuals to address the root causes of their conditions and build a foundation for lasting health and wellness.

Medication Management and Psychiatric Support

In dual diagnosis residential programs, managing medications is very important. These services make sure people with both addiction and mental health disorders get the right medicines to help stabilize their conditions.
This includes:
  • Checking if the medicines are working well
  • Adjusting doses when needed
  • Watching for any side effects 
This careful management helps treat both the addiction and the mental health issues, supporting overall recovery.

Psychiatric Support and Monitoring

the treatment process, individuals receive ongoing care from psychiatrists and mental health professionals.
Our team also provides:
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluations: When individuals first enter the program, they go through detailed evaluations to understand their mental health needs. These evaluations help create a personalized treatment plan.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Continuous monitoring by psychiatric professionals ensures that any changes in mental health are quickly addressed. This ongoing care helps manage symptoms effectively and prevents relapse.
  • Supportive Therapy: Besides medication management, individuals also have supportive therapy sessions. These sessions offer a safe place to talk about challenges, progress, and any concerns related to their mental health and recovery.
By combining medication management and psychiatric support, dual diagnosis residential programs provide a complete approach to treating co-occurring disorders.
This integrated care ensures both addiction and mental health issues are treated at the same time, leading to better and longer-lasting recovery.

Family Involvement and Support in Dual Diagnosis Residential Programs

Recovery from dual diagnosis is a journey, and strong support systems are essential for success.6
Dual diagnosis residential programs at Mile High Recovery Center recognize the importance of family involvement.
Here’s why:
  • Family members can provide emotional support and encouragement throughout the treatment process. This can be a game-changer for individuals facing addiction and mental health challenges. 
  • Family education can help loved ones understand the complexities of dual diagnosis. By learning more about these conditions, families can better support their recovering loved one. 

The Benefits of Family Therapy

Mile High Recovery Center also offers family therapy sessions to integrate into dual diagnosis residential programs as needed.
These sessions provide a safe space for families to:7
  • Communicate openly and honestly
  • Learn healthy coping mechanisms
  • Rebuild trust
Stronger family relationships can be a powerful force for healing and continued recovery.

Educational Resources

Our program also provides access to educational resources for families. These resources can help families gain a deeper understanding of dual diagnosis, addiction, and mental health conditions.
With this knowledge, families can become better equipped to support their loved ones on the path to recovery.
Involving families in the treatment process is a key component of the comprehensive approach offered by dual diagnosis residential programs. This support system empowers individuals to heal and build a strong foundation for long-term well-being.

Aftercare Planning and Continued Support

Leaving residential treatment is a big step, but recovery is a lifelong journey.
This is why our dual diagnosis residential programs at Mile High Recovery Center focus on aftercare planning to ensure a smooth transition back to everyday life and continued support for individuals and their families.

Developing a Personalized Aftercare Plan

Before completing the program, each individual works collaboratively with the treatment team to develop a personalized aftercare plan. This plan outlines specific steps and resources to help them maintain their progress after discharge.
The aftercare plan might include:
  • Outpatient therapy: Regularly scheduled therapy sessions with a therapist or counselor can provide ongoing support and address any challenges that may arise. 
  • Support groups: Connecting with others who are also in recovery can be a powerful source of encouragement and accountability. 
  • Medication management: For some individuals, continuing with medication is crucial for managing their mental health symptoms. The aftercare plan will ensure they have a clear understanding of their medication regimen and access to refills. 
  • Relapse prevention strategies: The aftercare plan will equip individuals with tools and strategies to identify and cope with triggers that could lead to relapse. 

Ongoing Support for Long-Term Recovery

Mile High Recovery Center also offers ongoing support services, alumni networks, and resources for individuals and their families post-treatment.
These resources may include:
  • Alumni programs: Connecting with other program graduates can provide a sense of community and belonging.
  • Family support groups: Family members can continue to receive support and guidance as they adjust to their loved one’s recovery. 
  • Relapse prevention workshops: Ongoing workshops can help individuals strengthen their coping mechanisms and stay committed to their recovery goals.
By providing comprehensive aftercare planning and ongoing support, dual diagnosis residential programs at Mile High Recovery Center empower individuals and their families to navigate the recovery journey with confidence and build a foundation for lasting well-being.
Dual Diagnosis residential Programs

Taking Charge of Your Recovery with Dual Diagnosis Residential Programs

Overcoming both addiction and a mental health condition at the same time can feel overwhelming. However, you don’t have to go through it alone. Mile High Recovery Center’s dual diagnosis residential programs offer a special kind of treatment that tackles both issues head-on.
These programs are designed to address addiction and mental health disorders at the same time. They use a mix of proven therapies, holistic activities, and medication (if needed) to give you the full support you need to get better.
Here’s the key: by treating both conditions together, you can learn healthier ways to cope, manage your emotions, and build a brighter future.

The Path to Healing Starts Here

If you or someone you know is battling addiction and a mental health condition, Mile High Recovery Center can be the answer. We offer a variety of programs and would be happy to help you get started on the road to recovery.
Contact us today by calling 303-268-2144 or reach out online to learn more.

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