Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Treatment


New Mexico Behavioral Healthcare in Albuquerque employs a staff skilled in treating adolescents and teens who need assistance in overcoming addiction and mental health disorders through our dual diagnosis treatment center.


We form a team dedicated to helping your child become the healthy young adult you know they can be. It can be difficult to admit that your child is in trouble. It often proves even harder to find the right treatment for them so they get the help they need. If your child suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction along with a mental illness, it makes finding the right dual diagnosis treatment centers for them even more important. Contact our adolescent dual diagnosis treatment center in New Mexico today.


What is Dual Diagnosis?


Dual diagnosis is having both a substance use disorder and at least one diagnosable mental illness. Approximately half of those who develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol also deal with a mental health disorder, making the need for dual diagnosis treatment centers for adolescent boys important. Males tend to be more likely to develop a dual diagnosis.


Any combination of addictions and mental illnesses can occur, such as depression and alcohol addiction or bipolar disorder and Adderall addiction.

Common mental illnesses that occur with a dual diagnosis include:


    • Depression
    • Anxiety disorder
    • Panic disorder
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Schizophrenia
    • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Some of the addictive substances that are part of a dual diagnosis include:


    • Alcohol
    • Cocaine
    • Crack
    • Heroin
    • Benzodiazepines
    • Methamphetamines
    • Hallucinogens
    • Prescription medications
    • Over-the-counter medications
    • Opioids
    • Marijuana
    • Synthetic cannabinoids
    • Inhalants

How Do Adolescent Treatment Centers for Dual Diagnosis Work?


When an adolescent attends dual diagnosis treatment centers, they receive a variety of types of therapeutic treatment. Our staff is trained in how to address dual diagnosis in adolescents and help them overcome their challenges. We understand how difficult it is to be young, confused, and dealing with what feels like some very adult problems. Because of this, we guide each young person through their journey in recovery.


We also feature several types of therapy so that each young person we treat has exposure to the right kinds of treatment for their needs. These therapies include:


Individual Therapy: This therapy provides the backbone of treatment by allowing the individual to speak openly about their fears, experiences, and concerns. They learn healthy coping skills and ways to heal themselves.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: This type of talk therapy proves effective in treating substance use disorders, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and more. It helps teach and motivate people to use positive behaviors when faced with challenges.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This type of talk therapy aids in overcoming diagnoses like depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. It helps people change their unhealthy thinking and begin to choose healthier thoughts and behaviors.

Group Therapy: Group therapy allows peers in the same age group to come together with a common goal of overcoming their challenges. Peer support can provide the inspiration to make important life changes, as well as develop bonds with others who have similar goals.

Family Therapy: When one child suffers, the entire family becomes affected. For this reason, we provide family therapy in order to help the entire family unit work together in healing and putting the past behind them.

Vocational Training: Teens and adolescents who have lost time in their lives to addiction and mental health disorders may fall behind in planning for their futures after leaving school. We help them discover their passions and plan for vocations and schooling that will help them transition into adulthood ready to take on the world.

Call us for answers.  We can help.


Does your teen needs help to overcome his addiction to drugs or alcohol or needs additional help learning to manage a mental health disorder? If so, we can provide the answers you’ve been looking for. We treat adolescents and teens ages 13 to 17 by teaching them how to overcome their substance use disorder and better manage their mental health. We include family therapy to help the entire family unit heal and grow from this challenging situation.


For more information about our adolescent dual diagnosis treatment centers, please visit our admissions page today. Find the help you need for your child.

Benefits of Treatment


When you send your adolescent child to New Mexico Behavioral Healthcare, they receive a variety of benefits that will carry them through long after they leave us. To start with, we provide an in-depth assessment of each person we treat in order to fully understand their needs. This allows our team to understand which therapy modalities and treatment approaches will benefit your child the most.


When someone receives treatment for a dual diagnosis, it saves both time and money. The two conditions of addiction and mental illness often feed into one another, making it important to seek treatment for both simultaneously.


For example, when a young person experiences troubling symptoms of mental illness, they often turn to drugs or alcohol to soothe or mask them. Alternatively, someone who has a substance use disorder may develop a mental illness or increase the symptoms of an existing one. When a dual diagnosis is treated, the person gains ground with both diagnoses.