Looking Below the Surface: An AMA Exploring Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatment Methods.
Did you know many people walking into an addiction treatment center have an underlying mental illness? Nearly 40% of patients, to be exact.
SAMHSA defines co-occurring disorders as the coexistence of both a mental health and substance use disorder. For example, a person may have an opiate use disorder, and also have bipolar disorder.
Earlier this year, the Gateway Foundation became the first treatment center in Illinois to achieve the highest ranking for serving patients with co-occurring disorders, as rated by an independent agency. It’s called the Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE) rating. Coming from the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment index, the DDE rating is granted to programs serving those with co-occurring disorders in a fully integrated manner.
To us at Gateway, achieving DDE simply means we’re best equipped to serve the people who walk through our doors. But we want to extend this care and knowledge to more people. It’s our goal to provide treatment and service to anyone in need of help. And participating in an AMA will help us do just that.
My name is Gilbert Lichstein. I’m the Clinical Director for Gateway Foundation’s Chicago Independence and River North locations. Please feel free to Ask Me Anything about co-occurring disorders and substance-use disorders. I’m happy to help!
Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S., specializing in substance use disorders since 1968. Gateway's clinicians support over 6,000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder—not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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