Psychiatric Treatments


Co-occurring Disorders Program

Our respected dual diagnosis treatment is designed for clients who struggle with substance abuse disorder and mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Proper management of co-occurring conditions (also called dual diagnosis) is critical, especially for preventing relapse after drug and alcohol treatment. Each patient who enters Cottonwood undergoes a detailed medical and psychiatric assessment so we can ensure that he or she is diagnosed and treated for any underlying mental health issues.

At NEW WISDOM rehab, we pride ourselves on our internationally respected dual diagnosis treatment and co-occurring disorders program. Frequently, substance abuse and another condition, such as depression, occur together – this known as a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. As a first step to determine whether there is a need for co-occurring disorders/dual diagnosis treatment, each patient who enters Cottonwood participates in a detailed medical and psychiatric assessment, including a thorough physical examination.
Presenting dual-diagnosis issues could include: drug or alcohol dependency and: depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. If left unattended, these problems frequently manifest into major mental health concerns. Assessing co-occurring disorders early and addressing them during treatment brings awareness and the potential for resolution. Much of this work will be continued after treatment, following a dialogue between admin and the patient’s therapist.

Mood Disorders Treatment

Also known as affective disorders, mood disorders like anxiety or depression impact if left untreated, can undermine a person’s ability to recover from substance abuse disorder. NEW WISDOM rehab’s board certified psychiatrists and master’s level counselors help patients to uncover and resolve long-standing psychological problems that can cause problems with mood. Clients are taught various techniques to change maladaptive attitudes, behavior, attitudes and beliefs, including how to use diet and exercise to optimize mood.

Mood disorders are caused by a complex dis-regulation of the brain’s neurobiology.  Environmental factors and substance abuse can also cause or exacerbate a range of mood disorders.  Importantly, if the affected person is using alcohol or other mood-altering substances to medicate an unpleasant mood, this issue must be effectively addressed for the mood disorder to be successfully treated.

Through NEW WISDOM rehab behavioral health treatment, our board certified psychiatrists and master’s level counselors help patients to identify and change maladaptive attitudes, behavior, attitudes and beliefs that can undermine their ability to produce a calm, happy mood.  In our clinical work we identify core issues, uncovering and resolving longstanding psychological problems that can cause problems with mood.

Proper diet and physical activity are also important in optimizing the brain’s ability to think clearly and maintain a confident, happy mood.  Our behavioral health nutritionists work with patients to develop individualized eating plans that optimize their intake of key vitamins and amino acids that are important precursors to good mood biology.  Exercise has also proven helpful in increasing serotonin, dopamine and nor-epinephrine – the brain’s primary mood-regulating chemical messengers – so exercise therapy is an important part of our treatment process for mood and anxiety disorders.

Family Program

The NEW WISDOM rehab uses four core elements – education, communication training, communication enactment, and multiple family group support – to help the family and loved one recover from addiction and provide a healthy home environment. The goal of our family program is to help you learn a new, more effective way of communicating and interacting. The program is available on an outpatient basis.

Family Program includes:

Education.   The first two days of Family Program are an acquisition of knowledge about psychiatric disorders, neurology, addiction, and communication.

  • Communication training. Using a psycho educational approach, members are taught to develop effective communication statements that include affect, behavior, and context.
  • Communication enactment. Using a structural family therapy framework, the members are facilitated in their sharing of concerns, appreciations, goals and commitments, and boundaries.
  • Multiple Family Groups.  A small group composed of several different families normalizes the struggles of families with addiction or mood disorders.  Members learn from each other, and they share feedback with each other, about what they see, feel, and hear happening in the communication.
  • Individual attention. Individual and family sessions and education are set up as needed to facilitate the loved one’s return to the family environment.

The goal of Family Program is to help families relearn behavioral interaction so that healthy behaviors become logical. Interpersonal change that can be sustained after treatment requires a movement from following direction (first order change) to internalizing new ways of interacting (second order change).  Families shift from obsessive worry and controlling behaviors to acknowledging that which is outside of their control and learn to focus on their own personal needs and boundaries.  They learn to detach from the pain, and not from the person.

Five 8-hour days, a solid program, and a community of support begins the shift to sustained healthy family behavior.   It’s a program that asks a lot from families.  For many families, the result is a healthier functioning which is priceless.

Does your family need a family week, but you do not have a loved one in treatment?  Cottonwood Tucson’s Family Program is available on an outpatient basis to families who want to strengthen and improve their current family communication and interaction patterns.  Call and ask how this family program may benefit your family.

Relapse Prevention

Before leaving our Addiction treatment facility, clients are equipped with the tools necessary to help prevent relapse. In addition to learning how to identity and cope with destructive feelings and thought patterns, clients work to create a personalized relapse prevention plan. This includes the names and numbers of support persons, daily and weekly living schedules and techniques for managing critical relapse warning signs.