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Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment for Teens

a teen's co-occurring disorder causing him sadness as he looks out a window

When teens turn to drugs and alcohol to get relief from depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders, they are putting themselves at risk of worsening their mental health symptoms. A teen’s co-occurring disorder happens when they become dependent on their substance abuse and form an addiction on top of their depression. Co-occurring disorder treatment is an extensive form of treatment that simultaneously addresses addiction and related mental health issues.

At Imagine Bellevue, we support teens aged twelve to seventeen whose mental health condition has worsened and formed a co-occurring disorder. We will perform a complete evaluation to create an effective treatment program that addresses your teen’s multiple diagnoses through behavioral therapy and medication management. Contact us online or call 425.295.2459 today to speak with our knowledgeable staff for more information about our caring and comprehensive co-occurring disorder treatment for teens.

Recognizing a Co-Occurring Disorder in Teens

Our society still has a stigma about mental health that makes many teens hide their symptoms from friends and family. Teenage years are typically filled with extreme ups and downs as they experience new feelings, emotions, and physical sensations. Many parents assume their teens are simply going through a phase and don’t have a growing mental health disorder. If the family does not practice open communication, they are more likely to continue to internalize their feelings and find relief through drugs and alcohol.

Some of the common issues that can lead to a teen’s multiple diagnoses include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality and mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

At Imagine Bellevue, we know how difficult it can be to tell if your teen is going through a phase or actually need help with depression or other disorders. If you are worried about your teen’s mental health and fear they have an addiction, our teen co-occurring disorder program can be extremely beneficial in turning their lives around.

Benefits of a Teen Co-Occurring Disorder Program

Getting help for your teen’s multiple disorders as early as possible is imperative to help them lead happy and productive adult lives. Co-occurring disorders in teens can be very disruptive to their lives and seriously impact their physical and mental development if they do not receive adequate help.

Your teen’s multiple disorders are treatable through extensive behavioral therapy and medication management.

Benefits of a teen co-occurring disorder program include:

  • Therapists will work with patients to help them understand what led to their addiction and begin treating the original disorder instead of hiding from it.
  • Teens will receive medication management to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
  • Teens will participate in various behavioral therapies to develop coping skills to maintain their sobriety. They will also work on addressing the original issue that started the addiction and create positive habits to reduce any negative feelings and behaviors.
  • Teens will build their self-esteem and confidence as they develop coping skills and build healthy relationships with their peers.
  • Therapists will monitor teens while participating in group therapy to practice coping skills and improve their communication and relationship skills. Therapists will note any concerning behavior and address it in one-on-one therapy.

Choose Imagine Bellevue for Treating Co-Occurring Disorder in Teens

Imagine Bellevue is an outpatient treatment facility for teens who struggle with a co-occurring disorder. We can effectively treat your teen’s multiple diagnoses through our various treatment programs that include:

  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intense outpatient program
  • Co-occurring disorder program
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Education advocacy

Reach out to Imagine Bellevue today at 425.295.2459 or send us a message through our online contact form to give your teen a real chance at overcoming their addiction and achieving their goals.