Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Wellness Resource Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Wellness Resource Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Dual Diagnosis & Treatment

When something is wrong, we want a diagnosis. But when it comes to mental health concerns, a diagnosis isn’t always cut and dry.

Depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders can be complicated by substance abuse, making diagnosis and treatment even more complex. For example, if a person is depressed, it can be difficult to determine if they are suffering from bipolar disorder, are under the influence of depressant drugs or both.

Specialized dual diagnosis treatment is often necessary for an accurate diagnosis and long-term recovery. The mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder are inextricably linked, which means both conditions must be treated simultaneously by a multidisciplinary team of dual disorder experts.

“As patients spend more days sober, their minds clear and their diagnosis becomes more apparent,” said Erin Hains, LMHC, a therapist at Wellness Resource Center, an addiction and dual diagnosis treatment program in Florida.

 Accurate diagnosis is only the first step in treating dual disorders. Along the way, patients may face a number of challenges, all of which are manageable with guidance and support from a dual diagnosis treatment team.</div

Slower Progress in Treatment

Because dual disorders are complex and negative patterns are often ingrained, patients may need more time to get stabilized and make progress in treatment than those suffering from either substance abuse or a mental health disorder alone.

“It can be difficult for a patient to get motivated to focus on recovery when they’re dealing with a mental illness,” said Hains. “In the past, drugs and alcohol may have been the only way they knew to get relief.”

When progress is slow, patients may get frustrated or discouraged, which diminishes their motivation to stay sober and committed to the treatment process.

Reluctance to Take Medication

In many cases, medication is needed to treat the symptoms of a mental health disorder so that the work of addiction recovery can begin. If a patient isn’t stable from a mental health perspective, they may not be able to invest in therapy, 12-Step meetings and other recovery work.

“Some patients are resistant to taking their medication because they like the manic side of bipolar disorder or the delusions that go along with schizophrenia,” noted Hains.

In these cases, the therapists at Wellness Resource Center educate the patient about the importance of medication and may call upon the patient’s family and peers to offer insights on the need for strict adherence to a medication regimen.

The Threat of Relapse

Relapse is common for recovering addicts, and even more common for those with dual disorders. One of the common paths to relapse occurs when patients are feeling good and stable, so they decide to stop taking their medications. When their mental health symptoms return, such as depression or anxiety, they go back to using drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate.

Because of the persistent threat of relapse, aftercare is essential for individuals with dual disorders. Patients need to continue to see a psychiatrist and take their medications, and often benefit from outpatient treatment, 12-Step meetings and ongoing therapy.

Powerful Interventions for Treating Dual Diagnosis

Certain approaches are more effective than others in treating dual diagnosis. Because different people have different treatment needs, a program that offers a variety of interventions will best serve the diverse needs of dual diagnosis patients.

To Hains, one of the most vital aspects of dual disorder treatment at Wellness Resource Center is the wide array of group therapies that are offered. In addition to life skills training, trauma resolution groups, expressive art therapy, spirituality groups and many other groups, the 12 Steps are infused into every aspect of treatment at Wellness.

Education about substance abuse and mental health is another important component of dual diagnosis treatment. Patients at Wellness Resource Center meet regularly with therapists specially trained in addiction and mental health, as well as a psychiatrist who is thoroughly involved in the treatment process.

Wellness Resource Center utilizes an integrated, collaborative team approach, in which the therapists, psychiatrist, clinical director and other staff are in close communication each week. Patients get different perspectives from a number of clinicians who use diverse approaches with each patient.

“We meet patients wherever they are and use the approach that is most helpful to them at the time,” said Hains. “Because we offer so many types of therapies and our staff has expertise in multiple areas, we offer something that resonates with everyone.”

Staying connected with patients after formal treatment ends is a priority for the staff at Wellness Resource Center. Alumni can participate in a free aftercare support group once a week and monthly alumni meetings, and are encouraged to come back to Wellness to share their stories and hope with current patients.

Because the therapists have nurtured strong, trusting relationships with their patients, the patients are more committed to following the continuing care recommendations, and to come back to treatment for stabilization if they do relapse.

Hope for a Better Life

Despite the challenges of treating dual diagnosis, recovery is possible. With integrated, multidisciplinary treatment, individuals with dual disorders can begin to understand how their mental health disorder and addiction interact. As patients get sober and start enjoying a healthy lifestyle, addressing underlying issues in therapy and developing new coping skills, they find that they can manage their symptoms and function within society.

“It’s important for people suffering with dual diagnosis to know their diagnosis doesn’t define them,” said Hains. “A better life is possible.”

Our son has a strong, sober network of friends and is better than we've ever seen him! Thanks to Wellness, our family has been reunited.

– Ryan M.