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Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders in Adolescents

When A Teen Suffers From More Than One Disorder

Often we find many of our young patients have more than one diagnosis. These “co-occurring disorders” require a special understanding and corresponding treatment. Co-occurrence may be a combination of a variety of disorders. Often—though not always—there may be a combination of addiction and psychiatric disorders present, for example, depression combined with substance abuse or an eating disorder. Because Silver Hill is a true psychiatric hospital, not just a rehabilitation center, we are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive care for patients who need treatment for more than one disorder.
For teens with a co-occurrence of both a psychiatric and addiction disorder, the program includes education about drug use, 12-Step meetings and relapse prevention strategies to increase the likelihood of continued abstinence.
For teens with an eating disorder, treatment includes one-on-one consultations with a dietitian, therapeutically supervised meals and groups related to nutrition.
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  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Family centered care
  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Safe and positive therapeutic environment
  • Scholarly clinical excellence

Teens are generally first admitted to the inpatient unit for crisis management and stabilization. Once stabilized, the next phase of treatment is often our Transitional Living Program, in which patients reside on campus in a house that is staffed 24 hours/day with DBT-trained personnel. The minimum length of stay for this phase of treatment is 4 weeks, and many patients extend their treatment. This program is self-pay – a small portion may be covered by insurance. Our staff will help you determine if you have this benefit.

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