Co-Occurring Disorders

stock-photo-19109327-thoughtful-man-in-the-living-roomThe Co-Occurring Disorders Program is designed to meet the unique needs of the individual who struggles with a psychiatric illness as well as a substance use problem. This combination presents additional challenges for an individual’s recovery. Treatment for patients with Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) begins with a comprehensive assessment of the psychiatric and substance use history.

Forest View Hospital provides a safe environment for detoxification and stabilization of the patient’s acute withdrawal symptoms through coordinated efforts of the attending psychiatrist and internal medicine clinicians. Treatment goals focus on engaging the individual in his/her own recovery through the use of stage-of-change models. These models promote setting realistic goals for recovery both during treatment and after discharge.

Patients in the COD Program will participate in a structured, therapeutic milieu with emphasis on affect expression and regulation, relapse planning and prevention, grief/loss issues, reducing shame-based cognitive distortions and stress management. Education will be provided on skills needed to manage both the mental illness and the substance use. Patients are encouraged to have active involvement from their support systems.

Access to Services

If you or someone you know needs help, please call our Assessment and Referral Staff at 1-800-949-8439 to schedule a free assessment. Our specially trained staff members are always available to answer questions.

Cost and Insurance

Most health insurance plans are accepted including Medicare and Medicaid.

Consultation with Providers

Given the complex nature of co-occurring disorders and its treatment, program staff will collaborate with out-patient providers. Regular involvement is necessary to develop an individualized treatment plan, provide updates on progress, develop a comprehensive discharge plan and provide a seamless transition of care.

Visiting Professionals Program

Forest View Hospital offers professionals the opportunity to experience and learn about the services that are provided. Attendees will observe a variety of treatment interventions from within any specialty or program. For more information regarding the Visiting Professionals Program, please contact the Community Relations Office at 616.954.3134.