Customized Co-occurring Disorder Treatment For Teens

Many teenagers who have been diagnosed with mental health issues struggle with more than just one disorder. One-third of individuals with a mental disorder also have a substance abuse problem. Also, sixty percent of individuals who have a substance abuse problem is believed to have a mental health condition.

The most common dual diagnosis consists of a mental health disorder combined with a substance abuse disorder. Many teens use drugs or alcohol to cope with a variety of mental health symptoms. This, in turn, can lead to many other problems such as addiction, making the need for unique, customized care more crucial.

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Teens use alcohol or drugs for other reasons as well. They may be curious, want to feel like an adult, ‘fit in’ with their peers or do it out of rebellion. Even then, substance use can quickly turn into abuse or addiction. In turn, substance abuse may trigger a mental disorder, particularly in those who are genetically predisposed.

In addition to substance abuse coupled with a mental health diagnosis, many teens struggle with more than one mental health disorder at a time. Depression and bipolar disorders can often co-occur with anxiety disorders. For a teen to recover, grow, and heal, they must receive support for each disorder simultaneously. Through proper treatment, they are better able to reach their unique goals for long-term recovery.

At Prosper, we provide a multidisciplinary approach for teens struggling with mental health issues and co-occurring disorders. We do this by creating unique, individualized plans with the perfect balance of counseling, therapy, and support.

Biological And Environmental Factors

Mental disorders often have a biological basis and run in families. Multiple family members may suffer from the same condition. Also, a family may comprise various mental disorders. The reason the latter occurs is that the same chemicals and areas of the brain are responsible for multiple forms of mental illness and addiction.

A condition may also be biological yet not genetic. Exposure to certain bacteria or chemicals in the womb or during early childhood may result in biological predisposition.

Often, one or more environmental factors trigger mental illness to surface in someone who is genetically or biologically predisposed. Environmental factors may include chronic stress, a traumatic experience, and other negative lifestyle factors.

For that reason, Prosper Treatment takes an individualized therapeutic approach. We take into account each of our client’s unique factors and experiences that may have contributed to their co-occurring disorders. Our multidisciplinary team is specially trained in uncovering and treating the underlying factors that may be contributing to an adolescent’s co-occurring disorders.

Co-occurring Disorders

Certain disorders tend to co-occur more commonly than others. Still, any combination of mental disorders and addictions can coexist.  Some of the co-occurring disorders a teen may experience include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficient hyperactivity disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Major depressive disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-injury disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Any of the above disorders may co-occur with any form of substance abuse:

  • Marijuana addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Opioid abuse
  • Meth addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Over-the-counter drug abuse
  • Prescription drug abuse

For teens suffering from co-occurring disorders, intervention is crucial, particularly when one or more substances are being misused or abused. The reason intervention is so vital is that teens with dual diagnoses are at high risk for suicide, academic failure, homelessness, jail, or health problems that result in early mortality. Prosper Treatment is here to help teens change course toward a path of recovery and possibility.

Co-occuring Disorders Treatment Options

Prosper Treatment Center offers multiple integrative intervention options for treating co-occurring disorders in teens.  Our approach to providing exceptional care is just as unique and extraordinary as each adolescent that we have the privilege to work with.  Treatment options we offer for co-occurring disorders include:

Residential Treatment Program

In this program, teens with dual diagnosis receive 32-40 hours per week of therapy in a community-like setting. Our residential program lacks the restraints of many traditional settings. Yet, it provides adolescents a safe and comfortable environment that’s conducive to a formal outcome.

Day Treatment Program

Our day treatment program in Montana is an ideal area for teens who would benefit from a comprehensive program, yet don’t need more intensive residential treatment.  Prosper’s  step-down program can also help teens who have completed residential treatment but need continued support.

Academic Recovery Program

Helping teens recover from co-occurring conditions is one of our primary goals. Ultimately, however, our goal is for our clients to reach their fullest potential. So, earning a high school diploma or GED is vital. We provide teens an optimal learning environment combined with classroom instruction, independent study, and online learning.


Within the above programs, we provide multidisciplinary treatment approaches, including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and, when appropriate, medication management. Therapeutic modalities we provide our clients with dual diagnosis include:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Addiction and relapse education
  • Experiential learning

By providing our clients with the best individualized approaches and multiple modalities, our clients are better able to reach recovery and achieve their highest potential.

Prosper Center - Residential Teen Services In Beautiful Troy, Montana

At Prosper, our team of clinically trained professionals offers a wide range of treatment services. We proudly serve clients in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and worldwide. If you have any questions or would like more information about the residential treatment programs we offer, contact us at 1-855-383-2566 to speak with one of our qualified treatment specialists.