Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

The dual diagnosis treatment center specializes in programs for individuals dealing with substance use, eating disorders, behavioral and mental health issues.

Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders treatment at Crossroads in Portland, Maine provides clients with the comprehensive care they need to manage both substance use and mental health disorders.

therapist with patient at dual diagnosis treatment center at CrossroadsA tailored plan is developed that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social impact that a dual diagnosis can have on a client’s life. Treating both conditions simultaneously allows clients to build the positive attitude, healthy habits, and effective coping mechanisms necessary for long-term recovery.

During co-occurring disorders treatment, clients delve more deeply into understanding the role that substance use and issues such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder have had on their lives. Through individual and dual diagnosis group activities, holistic healing, and a variety of educational, therapeutic, and recreational activities, clients learn how to identify common triggers, manage challenging situations, and enhance their overall well-being.

It is essential that mental health care is integrated into addiction treatment for a more comprehensive and well-balanced approached to recovery. In addition, Crossroads provides gender-responsive treatment programs for more personalized and effective dual diagnosis treatment in Portland, Maine.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Co-occurring disorders are also commonly referred to as having dual diagnosis disorder. Simply put, this means that a substance use disorder and mental health disorder are present together. A client may be struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, but this could be in conjunction with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another mental health condition.

The presence of these co-occurring disorders can make achieving and maintaining recovery more difficult due to the interrelated nature of the conditions.

Treating both disorders together allows clients to better understand the impact that each condition has on the other and their overall well-being.

The therapists and staff at Crossroads are well-versed in treating co-occurring disorders and supporting clients in developing a recovery plan that works best for their individual situation. No two clients experience addiction or mental illness in exactly the same way, so personalized care is essential.

Exploring Co-Occurring Disorders with Dual Diagnosis Treatment

It is not uncommon for those struggling with substance use disorders to also need a mental health treatment center, and vice versa. One may worsen the symptoms of the other, making it more difficult to enter into recovery if both conditions are not treated simultaneously. At Crossroads, we understand this and provide our clients with co-occurring disorders programs, which treat substance use disorders and mental health disorders together to provide positive outcomes and establish lifelong recovery. Through dual diagnosis treatment centers, clients build a better understanding of the interrelated nature of these conditions. They can equip themselves with effective strategies for managing both.

The Connection Between Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

It is unclear in many cases which problem developed first – substance use or a mental health disorder. The two share many similarities as each drives the other. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that around one-third of people experiencing mental illness and one half of those with severe mental illnesses also battle substance use. Statistics for those with substance use disorders are strikingly similar, with about one-third of those who misuse alcohol and more than half of those who misuse drugs also having a mental illness. Co-occurring disorders encompass those who experience symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders.

It can be hard to differentiate between the two because many people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with their mental illness. But mental illness can also make them more susceptible to substance use. This vicious cycle can be difficult to overcome. However, with comprehensive treatment that addresses the widespread impact of these conditions, recovery is possible through the mental health treatment center in Portland, ME. If only one condition is treated but not the other, it can increase the risk of relapse because clients are not prepared to cope with the influence of one upon the other. Treating both simultaneously allows clients to develop the strategies necessary for their individual situation.

Understanding Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorder is a term that can refer to several different types of conditions. It encompasses alcohol use disorders or alcoholism as well as drug use, which includes stimulants, hallucinogens, and opiates. Some of these substances are illegal drugs, while others are prescription medications. Just because a medication is prescribed by a doctor does not mean that addiction cannot occur. No one starts using drugs or alcohol with the intention of becoming addicted, but addiction can transpire very quickly and be a tough cycle to break.

The Different Types of Mental Health Disorders

There is no generic cure for all mental health disorders. Before treatment could be given to a person suffering from a disorder, the type of disorder he has must be identified first. This is because there are different types of disorders, each requiring a different form of approach.


Depression is more than just feeling sad. It interferes with a person’s daily life and makes it more difficult to complete even basic tasks.


Anxiety is often characterized by persistent or excessive worry and fear over events that are non-life-threatening.

Eating Disorder

Eating disorder can look like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, otherwise specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes people to feel extreme highs and lows in their mood, known as mania and depression.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

While many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to military service, it can also develop because of abuse, serious accidents or natural disasters.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by having ongoing obsessions, compulsions, or both types of behavior.

Eating Disorders, Depression, Trauma, Anxiety, and Grief Counseling Programs

Crossroads offers individual and group therapy and counseling programs for men and women.

Counseling and Therapy Services For Men and Women at Crossroads

Mental health and behavioral health play an integral role in addiction recovery. Drugs and alcohol change how the brain processes information and what it perceives as rewarding experiences. To achieve lasting recovery, it is essential to address these changes at a dual diagnosis treatment center. In addition, other mental health conditions such as eating disorders, depression, trauma, anxiety, and grief can impact substance use and recovery and as well. In an effort to cope with these challenges, individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol for relief. However, substance use can exacerbate symptoms as well, creating a vicious cycle.

When both addiction and mental health issues occur together, it is known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Clients with co-occurring disorders who enter treatment for addiction should ensure that they have access to mental health treatment programs as well. Treating both conditions simultaneously can allow for more effective recovery. Individuals gain a better understanding of how their depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, or other issues impact their substance use and vice versa. Mental health care is also essential for recovery to promote a positive outlook, enhanced motivation, increased accountability, and relapse prevention.

Assessment of Eating Disorders and Mental Health Disorders

Crossroads recognizes the importance of addressing clients’ physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs in recovery. All clients undergo comprehensive assessments for substance use and mental health disorders. All assessments are performed by a Master’s level licensed professional counselor and provide a deeper understanding of the challenges each client faces. The results are used to guide the development of individualized co-occurring disorders treatment plans to provide the optimal level of care in Portland, Maine. Each client receives the personalized care they need to address addiction and mental health concerns allowing them to build a strong foundation in recovery.

Mental Health Services Provided During Treatment

Mental health treatment programs are incorporated throughout all levels of care at Crossroads, from the Back Cove Women’s Residential Program, Specialized Eating Disorders Residential Treatment Program, and Children and Mothers Residential Program to outpatient treatment and therapy groups. Men and women can find the comprehensive care they need to address eating disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, trauma, and grief and improve their mental health as they overcome addiction. The clinical curriculum at Crossroads has been designed to treat multiple diagnoses including mental health and substance use with an emphasis on trauma.

These issues are addressed in multiple ways. Clients may participate in a variety of programs and activities, including:

  • Individualized therapy and counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Wellness services such as yoga and meditation
  • Recreational activities

Multiple approaches are integrated at dual diagnosis treatment centers to provide the most effective care. For instance, mindfulness-based relapse prevention not only supports recovery needs but also helps to ease the symptoms of trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, and even eating disorders in men. DBT, combined with the 12 steps, supports recovery needs and substance use while also helping to manage symptoms related to personality disorders, improve relationship functioning, and increase coping skills for various mental health symptoms and diagnoses.

At Crossroads, Healing Trauma and Seeking Safety are also used to treat symptoms related to trauma.  During individual treatment, clients work with masters-level clinicians who are trained in co-occurring disorders.  This allows for further personalization of care and more in-depth, specific exploration and processing to treat co-occurring symptoms. While group therapy is beneficial, individual therapy takes the work done in groups to a deeper level through one-on-one sessions. Clients and clinicians collaborate on individualized treatment plans to ensure goals are tailored to their needs.

Regardless of program type, clients engage in gender-specific treatment that touches on multiple aspects of mental health and recovery. Individuals learn how to cope with stress and challenging situations more effectively, how to improve communication and problem solving, how to build healthier relationships, and much more.

Aftercare Services for Mental Health Disorders

Managing mental health disorders is an ongoing battle. Crossroads supports grief and depression in men and women in continuing to understand the role of mental health in addiction recovery and taking steps to manage conditions such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and grief. Caring for these issues should be an integral part of relapse prevention plans at dual diagnosis treatment centers.

Outpatient treatment and therapy groups incorporate counseling and other strategies for addressing mental health concerns. These gender-specific programs allow men and women to further explore how mental health is affected in real-world situations as they integrate into the community while focused on their recovery. As new challenges arise, they have a safe space to discuss their thoughts and feelings and receive support in dealing with these issues in a healthy, effective manner.

Overcoming Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

Mental health treatment services are not an add-on or separate program at Crossroads – they are incorporated into the comprehensive care provided for all clients. Even if a client is not formally diagnosed with depression or anxiety, they may still experience symptoms from time to time. And for those who do have co-occurring disorders, mental health treatment is an essential part of the recovery process. All clients can feel more confident in their recovery knowing that their mental health and substance use concerns will be addressed, and they will be equipped with the strategies, skills, and support necessary for lasting recovery.

Get Individualized Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment at Crossroads Today

At Crossroads, we know that while there is no cure for mental health disorders, they can be managed to at least improve the lives of those who suffer from it. We do this through targeted therapy and counseling. We also acknowledge that alcohol and/or drug addicts may suffer from one or more mental health disorders. In cases like this, Crossroads has co-occurring disorders focused treatment as well as dual diagnosis group activities to address every situation in Portland, Maine.

If you or someone you love could benefit from our co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis treatment centers, contact Crossroads today at 877.978.1667 for more information.