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Healthcare data estimates that as many as 80 percent of those treated for chemical dependency are also suffering from a psychiatric disorder like depression or severe anxiety. That’s why St. Elizabeth Healthcare has expanded its intensive outpatient program to treat patients’ drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness simultaneously.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare offers two programs:

  • An adult Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program which allows adults with addictions to choose from morning or evening programs
  • An adolescent Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program which allows children (ages 13-18) to enroll in a new afternoon program.

What to Expect
Every patient has an initial individual session with a therapist that usually lasts about an hour. This time is used for an assessment and development of an individual treatment plan.

Outpatient patients meet in group therapy sessions for three hours, three days a week. Throughout these sessions, patients participate in psychotherapy and also learn various life and coping skills. Groups are typically made up of 10 or fewer patients and are led by an independent therapist, who is licensed and trained in both mental health and chemical dependency treatment. The total length of each individual’s participation in the program varies, depending on your specific diagnosis and needs.

The adolescent program meets after school three days a week and only includes teen-aged participants. The two adult programs involve participants of all ages, from 18 to 80 and older.

Most insurance plans – including Medicare and Medicaid – provide coverage for the Intensive Outpatient Program. If you are unsure about your coverage or have any questions about the program, please call one of St. Elizabeth’s counselors at (859) 301-5900.

For more information about this service, please click here to read the article that was published in our Spring 2013 Issue of Healthy Neighbors.

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