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Dealing with mental health or substance use disorders can feel hopeless at times. Here at East Coast Recovery Center, we strive to provide the best resources and care to bring forth healing and relief from mental illness and addiction.

Mental health issues often contribute to substance use disorders, which is why it is crucial to engage in a treatment program that integrates recovery for both. At East Coast Recovery Center, you will be introduced to our team of professionals who understand how mental health and substance use are connected, and who will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person is suffering from both mental illness and a substance use disorder. It is now understood that treating these two disorders as separate issues is ineffective.

Mental health disorders affect an estimated 17.5 million adults in America. About 4 million of those individuals also suffer from substance use issues.

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Untreated mental illness can lead to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. This habit can easily get out of control and lead to serious addiction. It is also common for substance use at an early age to lead to mental health disorders in the future.

Whether mental illness or substance use happened first, finding the right treatment is the key to recovery and living a healthy life. Treating a dual diagnosis can be difficult to do on your own or within your family. In many cases, inpatient or residential treatment is the best option for individuals struggling with mental health and addiction. 

East Coast Recovery Center has created an integrated program that focuses on both mental health and addiction. We put our patients first and work with you to determine which course of treatment is best, and how to move forward in recovery.


What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Look Like?

Recovery from a dual diagnosis requires integrated treatment. We cannot separate mental illness and substance use disorders by treating them independently.

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We are a patient-first facility and understand that symptoms and treatment will look different for each individual. That is why we work with our patients to create individualized plans and work together to collaborate on treatment goals. 

We treat the mind and body and work to heal the individual as a whole. At East Coast Recovery Center, treatment options include the following:

Intake and Assessment

At East Coast Recovery, we employ highly qualified, compassionate, medical professionals that are skilled at determining exactly the level of care that may apply to your unique situation upon your arrival to our facility. Our three levels of care include partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient programs.

The partial hospitalization (PHP) program at East Coast Recovery has been developed to address all of the treatment needs that are addressed by traditional residential treatment programs. In this level of care, you will attend both group and individual counseling sessions during the day, while staying at our sober-living residence at night. PHP at East Coast Recovery Center is perfect for those who are new to addiction treatment programs or those that require an elevated level of care in their battle with substance use.

The intensive outpatient (IOP) program at East Coast Recovery Center is specifically designed for those that may require an elevated level of addiction treatment while still living at home. This program is also designed for people who may require more support than once-a-week outpatient sessions. We realize that life doesn’t stop in the face of addiction issues. That’s why our IOP program can provide you or your loved one with the high level of recovery support that they need while still allowing them to fulfill obligations in their personal lives.

Group and Individual Counseling

At East Coast Recovery Center, our alcohol treatment programs place emphasis on both individual and group therapy. During individual sessions, you’ll work with your assigned counselor to learn how to apply and practice various coping skills in your everyday life. You and your counselor will work together to adjust your individualized treatment plan to best meet your needs in recovery.

Group therapy will help you to better understand your addiction while receiving support from others in the group that may be going through the same issues. We work together to instill a sense of community to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.


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Trauma-informed care is our method of practice that puts patients and their experiences above their addictions or mental illnesses. Early childhood trauma is often the root cause of mental health and behavioral issues. Through trauma-informed care, we support patients by recognizing and responding to signs and symptoms of trauma as we determine the best form of treatment.

The principles of trauma-informed care start with realizing the impact that trauma has on individuals and its effects throughout an individual’s life. The first step in creating a trauma-informed care practice is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of each patient. We develop trust between patients, their support staff, and clinicians, and strive for patient-centered care. 

All staff are trained to understand and recognize how trauma affects physical and mental health, while being sensitive to racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds as well as gender identity. We keep patients involved and collaborate with patients when deciding treatment goals and the care process.

At East Coast Recovery Center, your journey doesn’t stop when you graduate from our treatment program. We walk with you far beyond our programming. We believe that maintaining a network of program alumni and utilizing partners within the community helps to solidify sobriety, so we can choose permanent recovery, together.

Recovery and support for people with substance use or mental health disorders needs to go beyond the individual. Research has shown that including families into this recovery process can increase chances of success during treatment. 

But many times families do not know how to support their loved ones. When families are left out of the equation, dysfunction may continue to exist. Teaching families how to solve conflicts and how to positively communicate within their family unit can be a powerful part of recovery.

To understand how the recovery process works and how to best help their loved ones, families may need their own counseling.

How To Get Help for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

East Coast Recovery Center is here to help you make the first steps towards recovery and support you and your loved ones on this journey of healing. Our resources can help you understand more about mental health and substance use and give you the support you need. 

For immediate resources on mental health and substance use disorders, read through our in-depth post about dual diagnosis to learn more.

Or call us at 781-400-8018 to speak to a member of our team. We are located at 215 Chief Justice Cushing highway Cohasset, Ma 02025 and are ready to provide the best treatment to get you on track towards recovery.