​While substance abuse does have physical effects on the body, it is first and foremost a mental health disorder. Misusing drugs or alcohol creates chemical imbalances in the brain, as the pathways responsible for mood, reward, empathy and more are artificially under- or overstimulated. The brain becomes accustomed to unnatural levels of activity, and sobriety begins to feel uncomfortable — often including symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders.

In addition, substances like drugs or alcohol are frequently misused as a means of coping with existing mental health disorders. Some individuals live with mental health concerns without a diagnosis, and turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve their symptoms when they cannot find another way to feel better. Others have identified their disorder but cannot access the treatment they need, and misuse drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Still others take prescription medications for their mental health disorder, but accidentally or knowingly do so in a way that becomes habit-forming (e.g., taking higher doses without the guidance of their doctor).

Between the multiple ways that substance abuse and mental health can interact, it may come as no surprise that these concerns frequently occur together. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 45% of adults who are living with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. The NSDUH also notes that this number only includes those adults who met the diagnostic criteria for mental illness — there could be many more individuals who struggle with addiction and poor mental health but lack a diagnosis.

At Renewal Lodge by Burning Tree, we believe in a holistic recovery: one in which individuals not only break their substance abuse habit, but also find healing from the deeper emotional and psychological effects of addiction. We know that addressing mental health and substance abuse concerns within the same treatment environment gives our clients a better chance at complete, integrated healing that lasts a lifetime. Our short-term residential program in Austin, Texas provides immersive, individualized treatment for adult men and women struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Contact us today at 866-287-2877 to find out if our program is right for you, your loved one or your patient.

Choosing Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders, sometimes called a dual diagnosis, are defined as mental health disorders that occur simultaneously in the same patient. In the context of substance abuse treatment, the co-occurring disorder label typically applies to patients who have a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder and a secondary diagnosis of a mental health disorder. This means that the patient is seeking treatment primarily for their substance abuse, but has accompanying mental health concerns that also require attention.

Surveys and studies consistently show both the prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and the importance of treating co-occurring disorders simultaneously. Research indicates that unaddressed mental health symptoms are a key risk factor for relapse, and that programs offering combined substance abuse and mental health treatment report better, longer-lasting outcomes for their clients. Despite this growing trend, however, the majority of addiction rehabilitation centers have yet to adopt a treatment model that effectively addresses both concerns. The specialized approach requires careful planning, unique expertise and resources dedicated to mental healthcare — items that not every treatment center is ready or able to integrate.

Renewal Lodge is proud to provide dedicated mental health services for clients with co-occurring disorders. Our substance abuse treatment is also deeply informed by best mental healthcare practices, as we know that many of our clients will have symptoms of common mental health disorders even if they do not meet diagnostic criteria. We know that addiction is not a simple, standalone concern — there are many factors that lead a person to misuse drugs or alcohol, and many other emotional and psychological worries that grow out of prolonged substance abuse. It is our goal to help every client uncover their concerns and find sustainable ways to overcome them.

Our Mental Health Treatment Model

At Renewal Lodge by Burning Tree, clients participate in an immersive, short-term residential treatment program. Our unique model is based on the traditional 30- to 60-day schedule of many 12 step programs, but we have expanded and modernized the time-tested 12 step framework to include a high level of personalization and a mindfulness-based approach. Our clients achieve exceptional outcomes even within our shorter time frame as we focus intently on identifying each individual’s needs and working through their concerns through an individualized combination of the 12 steps and psychotherapy.

Mental Health Treatment at Renewal Lodge

Renewal Lodge specializes in adult, co-educational, short-term residential treatment programming on a 30- to 60-day schedule. Our beautiful location just outside of Austin, Texas, offers a welcoming and peaceful environment where our clients can completely immerse themselves in recovery during their stay. Our highly trained team is licensed and qualified to provide a range of therapeutic modalities for several commonly co-occurring mental health disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD

We also provide personalized discharge planning for every client, beginning immediately upon admission with adjustments as clients progress through treatment. This service connects the men and women in our programs with appropriate outpatient resources to continue with substance abuse or mental health therapies following the completion of our program.

There is No Better Time to Reach Out for Help

When it comes to addiction recovery, the first step is so often the hardest. Finding the courage to ask for help and navigating treatment options can feel overwhelming — but Renewal Lodge can help make the process easier. All you need to do is contact us by phone or online, and our compassionate staff will speak with you about our treatment options and help you determine if our program is right for you. We can also connect you with appropriate recovery resources to ensure that you or your loved one can find help as soon as possible.

Our effective, accessible substance abuse and mental health treatment program welcome adult men and women who are ready to commit to recovery in the Austin, Texas area. Call Renewal Lodge in Elgin, Texas today at 866-287-2877 to learn more or to start the admissions process.

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