dual diagnosis treatment

treating dual diagnosis
at choice house


The addiction recovery process comprises many paths. However, today that path is more likely to include treatment for a co-occurring disorder, as an overwhelming amount of medical evidence shows that mental illness and addiction go hand in hand. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that half of those with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder, and vice versa.

Although co-occurring disorders are relatively common, a person's history of substance abuse and their treatment needs are both unique and complex. Successful recovery requires a deep understanding of their situation and an individualized treatment plan that encompasses the underlying mental, physical and emotional aspects of addiction. Otherwise, the likelihood of relapse rises significantly in the days or weeks after rehab.

That’s why at Choice House, we treat the whole person to give each individual the best chance at lasting recovery. We consistently see mental health and substance abuse disorders together, so we’ve developed evidence-based programming that addresses both concurrently. This concept is known as dual diagnosis treatment, and it’s been found to greatly increase the quality of care and improve long-term outcomes.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our experienced clinical team is well-versed in co-occurring disorders and can help individuals start to heal with proven treatments, experiential therapies and an outdoor component you won’t find elsewhere, providing a unique and powerful experience for men in recovery.


“Choice House was a life-changing experience for me. The staff are professional, and you can tell that they actually care about your well-being. I am forever grateful to Choice House for believing in me, and I would recommend this place to anyone who is ready to make a change in their life, and choose recovery.”

dual diagnosis treatment – understanding the need

When it comes to addiction and mental health, it can be difficult to tell which came first – a “chicken or the egg” scenario. In some cases, mental illness results from changes in the brain that occur from drug or alcohol abuse. In others, a person turns to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope with a pre-existing mental condition. Either way, both sides of the coin are examined during dual diagnosis treatment to provide the best outcome.

This whole-person approach is critical to ensuring the health, wellness and continued sobriety of those in recovery. Beneath the surface, most addicts are just trying to deal with the symptoms of anxiety, depression or trauma that too often go untreated, but lack the coping skills to do so without drugs or alcohol. Our goal is to give them the tools to better manage their mental health and adopt a healthier lifestyle free from substance abuse.

Dual diagnosis care is a tremendously important aspect of drug and alcohol addiction treatment here at Choice House in Boulder, Colorado. We know that addressing addiction and mental illness together can lead to a more effective recovery and reduce the risk of chronic relapse.

dual diagnosis treatment at choice house

Choice House utilizes a number of proven methods to treat both addiction and mental illness. Our medical and psychiatric services are backed by a team of qualified professionals with diverse backgrounds, all of whom are extensively trained to manage co-occurring disorders. Each individual receives a highly personalized treatment plan to help them recognize and overcome the trauma, pain points and unhealthy beliefs that drive addictive behavior. Then, we give them a new way of living that’s built on a strong foundation of recovery.

Some of the therapeutic methods that we use include:

In addition to the outstanding support provided by our clinical team, each client meets with our medical director upon admission. The client will furthermore be seen by a medical provider on a weekly basis while in our residential program. If necessary, psychiatric evaluations will be completed in addition to medical evaluations, and medications (that do not have a propensity for addiction) can be prescribed and managed for mental health issues.

“The holistic approach that includes nature therapy sets Choice House apart from other programs; helping my son “get back into his body” and heal at a deeper level. Today, because of the professionalism, expertise, compassion, and care we have our son back. When we express our gratitude each day, Choice House is always top of the list.”

but wait… there’s more

Traditional therapeutic modalities are an important part of any treatment plan, but there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” for a successful recovery. Especially when mental health or trauma is a core issue, which is often. Choice House goes above and beyond to provide a truly transformative experience for men struggling with addiction. We integrate adventure and outdoor therapy into our recovery programs and utilize a number of holistic therapies designed to inspire hope, healing and change in men from all walks of life, such as:

Our approach considers each person’s unique background, substance abuse history, mental health symptoms, preferences and treatment goals to come up with a path to recovery that works for them. We know that true healing can only occur by addressing the underlying cause of addiction and helping individuals let go of the past so they can move forward.

what are the benefits of dual diagnosis treatment?

The methods used by our Boulder, Colorado addiction center staff result in tremendous improvements in the client’s wellbeing. They’re able to achieve more balance in their body, mind and soul and develop the coping skills needed to stay sober long after treatment. Other benefits of dual diagnosis care that treats the whole person and addresses the full scope of an individual’s treatment needs are:

  • Gain control and achieve lasting sobriety
  • Learning healthier coping skills
  • Recognizing triggers and cravings
  • Increased stability
  • Improved quality of life
  • Less chance of relapse
  • Repaired relationships with family and friends
  • Strong bonds of friendship
  • More trust in themselves and their ability to overcome challenges
  • Willingness and desire to achieve personal growth

“Choice House provided me with an excellent foundation to transition from a life of relapse with glimpses of sobriety, into a life of long term sobriety. Great house, loving but fun staff, Choice House gave me the chance to begin to build a life again and stop the treatment cycle.”

what mental illnesses occur alongside drug and alcohol addiction?

The landscape of co-occurring disorders is diverse and specific to each individual. Some people may experience symptoms of anxiety or depression that contribute to their substance abuse, while others have more severe concerns or extensive trauma in their past that gets in the way of their recovery. At our Denver area drug treatment center, we commonly find that the following mental health conditions often present alongside addiction:

Each condition brings with it a unique set of challenges, compounded by the long-term effects of addiction or alcoholism. Our team of clinicians has experience with each of these disorders and works closely with individuals and their families to develop high-quality treatment plans that will help them manage their symptoms and build a sober lifestyle.

choice house can help

Located in Boulder, Colorado, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Choice House is a dual diagnosis treatment center for men that provides compassionate and goal-focused addiction recovery. Our dedicated team of licensed therapists and behavioral health professionals works with participants in group and individual settings to find the root causes of the issues they are facing. We understand that the illness of addiction is more than what appears on the surface, and we delve deep to promote long-term sobriety and optimum health.

if you’re struggling with addiction

Click here to learn more about our admissions process and what you can expect from our 90-day treatment programming. Then, reach out by calling us at 202-578-4982 or emailing hello@choicehouse.com.

if someone you know is struggling with addiction

Explore our resources and blog to learn more about the addictions we treat, the benefits of a long-term recovery program, and what to look for when choosing a rehab facility for your loved one. You can also contact us by clicking here or emailing us at info@choicehousecolorado.com to find out how we can help.

get in touch today

Learn more about our programs and how we treat dual diagnosis disorder by contacting our Boulder, Colorado addiction recovery center today.

Admissions: 720-577-4422 or email hello@choicehouse.com.