New Jersey Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center in NJ & Haverhill MA

Addiction & Mental Health

Summit Behavioral health believes that dual diagnosis treatment (co-occurring disorders) such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders must be treated in conjunction with the addiction. Our treatment for co-occurring disorders provides a different approach to the addiction recovery by tailoring our treatment process to the individual and the disorder they are suffering from.

If you suffer from mental health and substance abuse you are not alone. Approximately 50% of individuals with mental health disorders also suffer from substance abuse. Many times individuals who have mental health illness will use drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate. That’s why we tailor our dual diagnosis treatment programs to the individual and provide education during the treatment. By educating the individual on their disorder, it will help them understand why they think or feel a certain way and help prevent relapse. Our goal is simple here, we don’t succeed until each individual is addiction free.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Process

Full Continuum of Care

When addiction and mental health are both diagnosed in an individual, it is known as dual diagnosis. Summit Behavioral Health specializes in treating individuals who have been diagnosed with addiction and mental health by providing certified physicians and clinicians, who are experienced in dual diagnosis treatment.

Our dual diagnosis treatment process includes:

  • Detoxification Support
  • Individual Therapy Sessions with Dedicated Therapist
  • Educational Programs for Mental Health and Stress Management
  • Ongoing Medical Support
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Trauma Informed Care Sessions

If you suffer from substance abuse and mental health, don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information on our dual diagnosis programs.


What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Addiction & Mental Health Issues

Your mental health encompasses your psychological, emotional and social well-being. It includes aspects of your life like how efficiently you manage stress, develop and maintain relationships and cope with grief.

Mental health is influenced by:

  • Life Experiences
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Family History of Mental Health Illness
  • Biological Factors

Mental health is often looked at as a continuum. A person may have a mental health illness when they are experiencing severe distress or chronic impairment in their life due to damaging thought process or other negative perspectives.

Mental illness is incredibly common. In the United States, approximately one in five adults will experience some sort of mental health problem. Unfortunately, only about 60 percent of those adults seek treatment.

Co-Occurring Conditions: Mental Health and Addiction

Treating the Cause & the Symptoms

There is a high co-morbidity rate between mental health illness and addiction. It is not uncommon for an underlying mental health issue to be a contributing factor to substance abuse behavior. When addiction is identified in conjunction with other mental health concerns the conditions are referred to as co-occurring, or dual diagnosis.

Some mental health concerns are more highly associated with addiction than others. This includes:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Addiction and Mood Disorders

Addiction and Mood Disorders Dual Diagnosis Treatment A mood disorder affects an individual’s everyday emotional state. While anyone may experience changes in their mood associated with environmental and life events, a mood disorder is chronic and develops without a definite attributable cause.

The most common forms of mood disorders are:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder

Someone with depression is more than twice as likely to engage in substance abuse.

Addiction and Anxiety Disorders

Moderate levels of nervousness or stress are typical. An anxiety disorder alters a person’s ability to function normally due to an overwhelming amount of underlying anxiety during the standard day to day actions.

Common forms of anxiety disorders are:

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Approximately 20 percent of people with an anxiety disorder develop a substance abuse problem.

Addiction and Personality Disorders

A personality disorder creates difficulty in the process of interacting with, understanding and relating to other people. This form of mental illness is associated with unhealthy thought patterns and flawed perceptions of what is going on around you.

The most common forms of personality disorders are:

  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder

About 30 percent of people diagnosed with personality disorders also develop a substance abuse disorder.

Mental health screening for co-occurring issues is a fundamental aspect of addiction treatment. When an underlying mental health issue is present, it becomes difficult to successfully address addiction. Ongoing treatment strategies and support can address mental health concerns during the addiction recovery process.


We can help you with your substance abuse and any co-occurring mental health issues.

Call Now for More Information About Our Dual Diagnosis Program!