Are you or a
loved one suffering from both addiction and an emotional or
psychiatric illness? (including depression,
bipolar/manic-depression, panic disorders, and
When a person is affected by both an emotional or psychiatric
illness and chemical dependency, they are suffering from
co-occurring conditions, commonly referred to as dual-diagnosis.
Psychiatric illness and chemical dependency affect an individual
physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Although
the two conditions are separate and independent, they interact in
ways that make diagnosis, treatment, and recovery more complex.
Often, individuals find themselves using alcohol or drugs to treat
their mental illness rather than taking physician prescribed
medications. This leads to self-medicating, which treats the
symptoms, but not the underlying illness. Unfortunately, many
treatment centers are unable to effectively treat all aspects of
the illness. At Wekiva Springs, we are able to provide
treatment for dual diagnosis patients.
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Wekiva Springs’ Dual Diagnosis Program is designed to meet the
needs of women and men who may also be suffering from depression,
bipolar disorder, anxiety or panic disorders, and other mood
disorders. Treatment plans are customized, and based on the
comprehensive evaluations provided by our Multidisciplinary
Treatment Team. Patients are encouraged to participate in the
therapeutic process as soon as they are able, and are offered
support throughout their treatment stay.
Program features include intensive therapy, medication management,
psycho-educational lectures, and specialty consults as appropriate.
Clinical staff places special emphasis on aftercare planning, and
ensures that a comprehensive plan is in place for each patient
prior to discharge. As with participants in all Wekiva Springs
therapeutic programs, patients being treated for a mood disorder
are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
unresolved trauma experience be contributing to your addictive
behavior or mood disorder? (including physical and/or sexual abuse,
domestic violence, rape and others)
Stressful events occur in every life, but when the event (or series
of events) causes excessive stress, it is called a Traumatic Event.
Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness,
serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. None of
us are fully prepared to deal with violent or traumatic events.
Women of all ages may display a wide range of responses to trauma,
including feelings of fear, grief, depression and anxiety. Physical
and behavioral responses such as nausea, dizziness, changes in
appetite and sleep patterns, and withdrawal from daily activities
may occur in relation to Traumatic events.
Trauma has been described as a profound deviation from normal life
experience. Trauma experienced during childhood (i.e., physical
and/or sexual abuse) can actually reprogram the neurological
pathways and have an impact on normal emotional functioning later
in life. Women who experience trauma as adults usually do so in the
form of catastrophic natural or life events, assault or domestic
violence, rape, loss of a significant person, occupational trauma
where serious injury or loss occurred at the work place, and other
Major traumatic events can also produce Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) in the survivor. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that
can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which
grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Many people with
PTSD repeatedly re-experience the ordeal in the form of flashback
episodes, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially
when they are exposed to events or objects that are reminiscent of
the trauma. Anniversaries of the event can also trigger
Wekiva Springs provides a comprehensive treatment approach for
women and men struggling with a chemical dependency and/or mental
health disorder, who may also have a history of abuse or trauma.
These issues often coincide, and it is not uncommon for men and
women with unresolved trauma issues to struggle with sobriety and
relapse. We can help you regain that balance which is vital to long
As part of our comprehensive treatment programs, you are able to
address these underlying issues while establishing a foundation of
recovery from addictions and/or mental health disorders.
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Here are some important facts to know about our female-centric Dual
- Dual-diagnosis programs at Wekiva Springs are based on the
combination of cognitive-behavioral refocusing and a 12-step
philosophy of recovery.
- Wellness of body, mind and spirit is the goal. We introduce
patients to new interests and help them rediscover joy in healthy
- The primary model of treatment is group therapy.
- We treat underlying problems, including anxiety, depression and
post-traumatic stress disorder, sometimes from events in childhood
or adolescence; psychological concerns, including feelings of
inferiority or unrealistic goal setting; co-dependency and
relationship issues; and other family problems.
- We teach new, life-affirming behaviors and help victims
recognize both their self-destructive patterns and their
self-worth. Healing modalities may include yoga, movement therapy,
meditation, art therapy, guided imagery, journaling, scrap
booking and recreation therapies.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization &
Reprocessing), rapid trauma resolution, and EFT
(Tapping) are offered to patients while in rehabilitation or
residential status and ordered by physician and/or treatment
- Patients are coached in crisis management and life skills.
- All patients are carefully supervised by on-site medical