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Navigating Co-Occurring Disorders

At Hillside Horizon our team of experts are committed to building trust and rapport through compassionate care and personalized attention. Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, manifest when a teenager grapples with the simultaneous presence of a cognitive health disorder alongside a substance use issue. These challenges can be overwhelming, but with the proper support and guidance, teens can overcome them and thrive.

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What are Co-Occurring Disorders in Teens?

Co-occurring disorders in teens occur when mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, or trauma-related disorders, coexist with substance use problems. It’s essential to recognize that these disorders can exacerbate each other and require specialized treatment for effective management.

Common Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders in Teens

Mood Swings

Teens may experience extreme highs and lows in their mood.

Changes in Behavior

Behavioral changes, such as irritability, aggression, or withdrawal from social activities.

Poor Academic Performance

Decline in school performance or attendance.

Substance Use

Experimentation with drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with emotional distress.

Risky Behavior

Engaging in risky activities or behaviors without considering the consequences.

Physical Symptoms

Complaints of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical symptoms without a clear medical cause.

Seeking help for co-occurring disorders in teens is very important for their overall well-being and future success. Without proper intervention, these issues can worsen over time and lead to long-term consequences, including academic failure, legal problems, and impaired relationships. Early intervention and treatment can make a huge difference in a teenager’s life, helping them build resilience and coping skills for the future.

The Importance of Seeking Help

Our Approach to Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Comprehensive Assessment

We conduct a thorough evaluation to understand the unique needs of each teen, considering both their mental health and substance use concerns.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Based on the assessment, we develop personalized treatment plans to address each teenager's specific challenges and goals.

Evidence-Based Therapies

Our approach integrates evidence-based therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing, to address both mental health and substance use issues.

Family Involvement

We understand the importance of family support in the recovery process and involve families in therapy sessions to strengthen communication, improve relationships, and provide a supportive environment for healing.

Why Choose

Hillside Horizon for Treatment


Our team of medical and clinical professionals has extensive experience working with teens and their families, providing expert guidance and support.

Personalized Care

We prioritize individualized care, ensuring that each teenager receives the attention and treatment they need to thrive.

Holistic Approach

Our holistic approach addresses the interconnected nature of cognitive health and substance use issues, promoting overall wellness and long-term recovery.

Supportive Environment

At Hillside Horizon for Teens, we offer a supportive and compassionate environment where teens feel safe to explore their feelings, build coping skills, and work towards positive change.

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At Hillside Horizon for Teens, we are dedicated to providing high-quality care for teenagers with co-occurring disorders. Through our collaborative approach, community resources, and advocacy efforts, we strive to provide a supportive and empowering environment where teenagers can thrive. 

If you’re concerned about your teenager’s mental health and well-being, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services and take the first step toward healing and recovery.

Guiding Teens Toward Brighter Horizons

We provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health treatment for adolescents, offering a safe space for healing and growth.
All calls are 100% free and confidential.
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