The New York Center For Living is an outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment facility where adolescents and young adults who suffer from drug and alcohol problems can receive treatment and recover in a state-of-the-art, supportive, holistically based, therapeutic environment. In addition to problems with drug and alcohol and other addictive behaviors (i.e. gambling, overeating, sexually acting out), many clients also suffer with what are known as “co-occurring disorders” -- a host of psychiatric conditions, illnesses and disorders that complicate an adolescent or young adult’s recovery from drugs and alcohol.
At The New York Center for Living we understand the fragility and importance of adolescent and young adult mental health. We also understand that mental health treatment for adolescents and young adults is of utmost importance in addition to substance abuse treatment when dealing with drug and alcohol addiction in adolescents and young adults.
Often, drug and alcohol use and abuse go hand in hand with these other disorders, and it can be hard to determine which came first. The qualified professional staff of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers that specialize in adolescent and young adult addiction and mental health at the New York Center for Living do comprehensive psychiatric assessments for teenagers and young adults to help determine the right course of treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and dependence, as well as any underlying or co-existing psychiatric illnesses. The Center for Living is well equipped to handle these more difficult, dual-diagnosis cases in teenagers and young adults.
Although a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and dependence is required for admission to the New York Center for Living, types of co-occurring disorders treated at the New York Center for living include but are not limited to:
- Mood Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Compulsive Over-Eating.
- Cutting and Self-Harm
- Personality Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
It is important to understand that the relationship between mental health or psychiatric disorders and substance use is a “two way street”. That is, many psychiatric disorders make a teenager or young adult vulnerable to developing a problem with substance abuse or other addiction, and at the same time, many substance use disorders induce psychiatric conditions. The good news is that when co-occurring disorders in teens and young adults are appropriately identified and treated, the prognosis for recovery drastically improves!
At the New York Center For Living, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive mental health and psychiatric evaluation for adolescents and young adults. We not only screen them for co-occurring disorders, but also to provide the highest level of care when treating these conditions. We are a drug and alcohol treatment center for young adults and teenagers that includes psychiatric care. Our clients and their families can access the most up-to-date information about mental illness and addiction through psycho-educational groups, one-on-one therapy sessions and online materials. The goal is that teenagers, young adults and their families will be on the same page when it comes to understanding the impact of being diagnosed with both a psychiatric condition as well as an addictive disorder.
Evaluation and treatment of dually diagnosed adolescents and young adults includes a thorough diagnostic evaluation of the client conducted by the psychiatrist in collaboration with the clinical team. The evaluation involves interviewing family members, prior treatment providers, and other pertinent collateral sources of information such as teachers, coaches, etc…
Any adolescents or young adults who are diagnosed as suffering with a co-occurring disorder along with drug and alcohol abuse or dependence are treated by and followed regularly by the on-staff psychiatrist at the Center For Living. When deemed to be clinically appropriate, clients may continue to be followed by their outside psychiatrist simultaneously.